Cowling suffer miserable first half of Craven League season

Cowling are six points adrift at the bottom of Division One, having not even managed a win yet

Cowling are six points adrift at the bottom of Division One, having not even managed a win yet

First published in Sport

THE TOUR de France, Wimbledon and the British Grand Prix have all come and gone, so attention turns back to English sport's summer staple of cricket.

The Mewies Solicitors Craven League season is halfway through and, in Division One, Oakworth’s lead at the top has been cut to one point by Crossflatts and Ingrow St John’s.

At the bottom, Haworth and Thornton are six points from safety, with Cowling, without a win, anchored at the bottom another six points adrift.

In Division Two, Glusburn have suffered a couple of defeats in as many weeks and they are joined by Chatburn. Ingrow and Sutton are two points off the top, with Bradley a further point behind, so it looks like any two from five for promotion.

At the bottom, Hepworth & Idle look to be finding their feet after a slow start, and another win could lift them up to eighth. Barrowford II are struggling to repeat the previous two years' good form.

Four of the six first teams in Division Three occupy the leading places. Gargrave have a five-point lead over Airedale, with Skipton CI and Pendle Forest another point behind.

Eldwick and Gilstead are a point ahead of Riddlesden II and Airedale II in Division Four, while Chatburn II and Gargrave II top Division Five.

This Sunday, the semi-finals of the Wynn Cup are due to take place. In a repeat of last year’s final, Oakworth entertain Haworth Road and Ingrow St John’s travel to Thornton.

The following week it is the turn of the Cowling Cup semi-finals, with Embsay II taking on Haworth Road II at Shires Lane and Bradford & Bingley III receiving Barrowford II at Aire View.

Another date for the diary is Sunday, July 27, when the Manorlands Plate takes place at Ingrow Cricket Club.

As with last year, it is going to be a battle of the roses, with Yorkshire again hoping to the see off the Lancastrians.

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