Green Lane batting leading promotion push

Green Lane batting leading promotion push

Horsforth opener Mark Gilliver hits out on his way to scoring 30 in the runaway Division Three leaders' 112-run win against Olicanian

Horsforth opener Mark Gilliver hits out on his way to scoring 30 in the runaway Division Three leaders' 112-run win against Olicanian

Horsforth opener Mark Gilliver hits out on his way to scoring 30 in the runaway Division Three leaders' 112-run win against Olicanian

First published in Sport

GREEN Lane can boost their Aire-Wharfe League promotion hopes massively with a win this weekend but face a formidable task at Division Two leaders Follifoot, who have only been beaten once this season.

Last week's victory over second-placed North Leeds put Lane within ten points of the promotion places after winning four of their last five completed games.

The leap from 11th to third in the table has come on the back of some impressive batting – they are the only side in the league with significantly more batting points than bowling in a season when the ball has so far dominated.

Leading the way has been opener Michael Abbott, who has already passed last season's personal 480-run tally.

He has been well supported by Waleed Akhtar in his first season since joining from Saltaire – and the team have the potential to bat deep, as they showed last week when tailenders Neil Britton and Chris Spivey put on an unbeaten 109 for the ninth wicket.

That batting will be tested fully by Follifoot, who have bowled out all but three of their opponents, never taken fewer than eight wickets and in Umer Yaqoob, who took 5-40 when the sides met earlier, have one of the league's most consistent bowlers.

At the other end of the table, Bolton Villas face a difficult trip to Colton, while Thackley and Skipton – who are separated by just six points – scrap it out.

Tong Park Esholt will hope to move away from the relegation bunch at home to Adel and Harden would do Green Lane a favour if they could beat North Leeds.

Division One leaders Otley travel to Ilkley, who showed good form in beating Kirkstall last week.

But the leaders will expect to win and hope that second-placed Burley slip up against Bilton and also that Collingham can find their cup form and halt the Beckwithshaw charge.

Boosted by last week's win over Collingham, bottom club Ben Rhydding entertain Guiseley, who have slipped from title challengers to relegation-threatened with four defeats in their last five matches.

Having climbed out of the bottom two, Rawdon will seek to continue the improvement against Steeton.

With a 38-point cushion to third-placed New Rover, Horsforth look to have promotion from Division Three nailed on and it is hard to see Bardsey denting that progress.

Silsden have the ability to do them a favour with a win over Rover.

Calverley's challenge seems to have faltered and they have a tough game against second-placed Illingworth, the only side to beat Horsforth so far.

Olicanian should be too good for Woodhouse and Addingham will expect to beat Alwoodley – but Menston's trip to Hall Park could produce a close finish.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree