Wheatley Cup Second Round Preview

This Sunday brings the second round of the Wheatley Cup, and as ever there are some intriguing ties. In the two all Premier Division games, league leaders Ossett are at home to Mirfield Parish Cavaliers. Already through to the Crowther Cup quarter finals, Ossett are campaigning hard on three fronts and will be full of confidence. Parish however, are a more than capable side and will not be making things easy for the home team. Birstall and East Ardsley have both made disappointing starts this year and a cup run would certainly lift the spirits of the winners. Ardsley have struggled for numbers recently, but hopefully they can put out a full team on Sunday and we should see a good contest.

The other games all pit Premier Division teams against Championship sides. Cup holders Wakefield Thornes will be confident of making progress against the Championships bottom side Hunslet Nelson, but there are potential banana skins in the other games. 2014 finalists Wrenthorpe entertain Townville, who appear to have re-grouped well after last years relegation, and Methley face a tricky looking visit to Hopton Mills. Championship leaders Azaad are at home to Premier Division high flyers Wakefield St Michaels, which looks a great tie on paper, meanwhile Carlton travel the short distance to Oulton, 

With East Leeds receiving a bye, there will be one Division One side going through. Good luck to all teams.

Updated 20/20 Tables

Two more results for Week 2 of the 20/20 have arrived. In Group A Streethouse picked up a noticeable win at Wrenthorpe, who appear to have been short on numbers. Streehouse 199-6 from 20 overs, Wrenthorpe 119-7 off 19 overs.

Meanwhile in Group C, Oulton scored 142-5 in their 20 overs, Altofts then chased the total down with 145-5 in 18.2 overs.

Group Tables

Group A

1. Wakefield Thornes P 2 Pts 6. 2= Wakefield St. Michaels P 2 Pts 3. 2= Streethouse P 2 Pts 3. 4. Wrenthorpe P 2 Pts 0.

Group B

1. Mirfield Parish P 2 Pts 6. 2. Hopton Mills P 2 Pts 3. 3= Azaad P 1 Pts 0. 3= Northowram Fields P 1 Pts 0. No result yet received for Northowram Fields v Azaad 26/5/15.

Group C

1. Methley P 2 Pts 4. 2=Carlton P 2 Pts 3. 2= Altofts P 2 Pts 3. 4. Oulton P 2 Pts 1

Group D

1. Birstall P 2 Pts 6. 2= Crossbank Methodists P 1 Pts 1. 2= Gildersome P 2 Pts 1. Caribbean P 1 Pts 0. No result yet received for Caribbean v Crossbank Methodists 26/5/15.

Week 7 Premier Division Preview.

With our regular Premier Division correspondent Mark Gilman, away on a well deserved (it says here) holiday, this weeks preview will not be as insightful and informative as usual, but here goes. Normal service will be resumed next week.

Methley v Ossett. The game of the day between the leagues joint leaders. Ossetts development this season has been very impressive. Their recruitment has been spot on, and they appear to be genuine title challengers. Methley, are packed with match winners though and always seem to have the knack of performing well on the big occasions. This one has the makings of a terrific game. 

Altofts v Townville. Whatever happens at Little Church Lane, Townville have a great chance to jump into second place if they can pick up 6 points against Altofts, who have yet to register a league win. Its going to happen soon, but it will be very difficult to achieve in this game. 

Wakefield Thornes v Wrenthorpe. After establishing themselves as a creditable "third force" last year, behind Methley and Townville, Thornes don't really appear to have fired on all cylinders this season. Wrenthorpe have had a couple of quiet years by their standards, but are another club who appear to have recruited well. An intriguing looking contest that is very difficult to call. 

Carlton v Hunslet Nelson. Carlton are gradually improving as the season wears on, and a victory over bottom club Hunslet Nelson will establish them in the top half of the league. Nelson compete well every week, but that first win is proving elusive. 

Birstall v Mirfield Parish Cavaliers. Parish got their season rolling with a good first win last week. Birstall are an improved side this year though, and a win in this game will keep them on the coattails of the leading teams. 

Batley v Buttershaw St Pauls. Neither side has had any kind of luck this this season, yet both have remained competitive. Yet another difficult one to call, it promises to be a real dogfight between two teams anxious to get away from the bottom end of the table.

Week 2 20/20

We are still waiting for 4 results to be sent in from week 2 of the 20/20. These are:

Group A Wrenthorpe v Streethouse

Group B Northowram Fields v Azaad

Group C Oulton v Altofts

Group D Caribbean v Crossbank Methodists

Can the home clubs in these four games send in the results of these fixtures as soon as possible please?

Group A

Wakefield St. Michaels batted first, and scored 136-5, based around John Bowetts 59. Wakefield Thornes chased the total down for the loss of 5 wickets, Tom Froggett top scoring with 33*.

1. Wakefield Thornes P 2 Pts 6. 2. Wakefield St. Michaels P 2 Pts 3. 3=Wrenthorpe P 1 Pts 0 3= Streethouse P 1 Pts 0.

Group B

Hopton Mills were shot out for just 61 by Mirfield Parish, with Danny Padgett taking 5-18 from his 4 overs and Naz Khan 3-7, also from 4 overs. Ash Mackereth top scored with 21. Parish lost 3 early wickets in reply before Abdul Rehman with 24 and Naz Khan, 20* saw them home to a 7 wicket win. Richard Myers took 2-30 and Ash Mackereth 1-12 for Mills.

1. Mirfield Parish P 2 Pts 6. 2. Hopton Mills P 2 Pts 3. 3= Azaad P 1 Pts 0. 3= Northowram Fields P 1 Pts 0

Group C

Methleys Eddie Walmsley lit up the evening with an excellent 101 as his team set an imposing total of 185-2. Carltons Dereck Hammill returned the very economical figures of 0-10 from 4 overs, with Nick Busby taking 1-22 from 3. Carlton gave it a good shot in reply with Fazz Alam scoring 55 and Jonny Hughes 50, but eventually fell short, finishing on 156-7, Luke Patel taking 2-18 and Marcus Walmsley 1-18, both from 3 overs.

1. Methley P 2 Pts 4. 2. Carlton P 2 Pts 3. 3. Oulton P 1 Pts 1. 4. Altofts P 1 Pts 0.

Group D

Gildersome put up a spirited performance against Birstall. Mark Simpson was 46* and supported by Jotham Barnett with 39, they posted a total of 134-5. It wasn't totally plain sailing for Birstall, but a fine 52 from Nick Kaye saw them home to a 5 wicket win.

Week 3 fixtures - Tuesday 2nd June.

Group A

Wakefield St. Michaels v Wrenthorpe. Wakefield Thornes v Streethouse.

Group B

Hopton Mills v Northowram Fields. Mirfield Parish Cavaliers v Azaad.

Group C

Carlton v Oulton. Methley v Altofts.

Group D

Caribbean v Gildersome. Crossbank Methodists v Birstall.


Second Team Review

As we approach the end of May, the Second X1 season is starting to settle into a pattern. Ossett lead the Premier Division in what is turning into a vintage year for the Queens Terrace club. With their First X1 also joint top of their Premier Division there is a real culture of success developing for them. Dale Winterbottom is a key reason for the 2s doing so well, with a contribution of 14 wickets and 181 runs so far. They have also now recruited the second highest wicket taker in the league, Tamoor Saghir from Batley, to give them even more firepower.

Newly promoted Wakefield St Michaels have adapted well to life in the top tier, and lie just one point behind Ossett, and level with Batley, who still have the leagues highest wicket taker, Saqib Taleb (16 wickets), in their ranks. Methley and Wakefield Thornes are giving chase as well, and Thornes have prolific young batsman Sam Storr going well for them, with 216 runs to his credit so far. Top run scorer in this division, however, is Andrew Borthwick with an impressive 293, despite his team, Wrenthorpe, being in the bottom half of the table. East Ardsley and Buttershaw St. Pauls are the back markers and have been cut a little adrift from the rest of the league in recent weeks.

Azaad have opened an 8 point lead over Hopton Mills in the Championship, a terrific effort by both these newly promoted sides. Zahoor Hussain's 18 wickets have been crucial in Azaads great start. After Hopton Mills comes a four point gap and then Townville (looking to bounce straight back up to the Premier Division), Oulton, Liversedge and Northowram Fields are all bunched together. Hunslet Nelson, still seeking their first win, have fallen a little off of the pace. Experienced campaigners Jonny Trevitt of Liversedge (230), and Townvilles Andy Ward (225) are the leading run scorers.

In Division One, Great Preston are steamrollering all opposition and have opened up a 10 point gap over Gildersome and East Leeds. Its mid table Adwalton though, who supply the divisions leading individual performers. Paul Bennett is the top run scorer with 215, and Simon Lindsay, on 14 wickets is the joint leading wicket taker with Great Prestons Richard White.

Altofts Host Pink And Blue Cricket Charity Day.

Altofts are to stage a "Pink and Blue" Cricket day at Lock Lane on Sunday June 7th. The charity event will be supported by the Breast Cancer Campaign and Yorkshire Cancer Research. Players from the CYCL are invited to play in a 25 over game,starting at 2pm. A junior Heavy Woollen game will be on in the morning and the whole ground will be bedecked in pink and blue (including the stumps!).

There will be games for the whole family to enjoy and take part in. Many raffle and auction prizes have been donated, with notable donations coming from Castleford Tigers and Kippax Cricket, amongst others. There will be a small admission charge and the event starts at 1pm.

Any players wishing to get involved should get in touch with Paul Denison on 07947 108970. Please try and get along and support these very worthy causes.