BRADFORD and Bingley have made a fast start to the new Bradford Premier League campaign, collecting two victories from their opening three games.

League victories against Pudsey St Lawrence and Woodlands saw B&B get off to the best possible start, and a victory against South Kirkby in the Heavy Woollen Cup first round only sweetened things for the Bradford based side.

Defeat at Townville last week signalled the end to their winning run, but captain Ed Brown is relishing the opportunity to lead a young side out to potential glory this campaign.

He said: "I'm very pleased with the start the team have made. If you'd have looked at the opening three fixtures at the beginning of the season, then most people wouldn't have given us a chance to get many points. Townville and Woodlands were two of the sides in the top three last season.

"The Townville loss was slightly disappointing because we had them in a bit of bother early on, but then we allowed them to get up to a big score (294). But overall, I'm happy with how we've started the campaign."

Brown added: "Pre-season went well, we've got a nice young team and they are a great set of lads. I'm really looking forward to leading this side out for a full season.

"The league did change a lot throughout winter, with a lot of teams strengthening their squads. A number of Yorkshire Academy players have been allowed to drop into our league, so a lot of teams which you thought were previously weaker- they suddenly look much stronger.

"And for that reason we haven't set a maximum goal for the league campaign. We've focused a lot of our attention towards the cup competitions, ideally wanting to get to the finals of the T20 competition and the semi finals of the Heavy Woollen and Priestly Cup."

Brown added: "That being said, we have got a very talented and young group and we would still like to finish in the top five of the league.

"But not setting a goal of a top two placed finish means we can play with more freedom, and allow ourselves to thoroughly enjoy our cricket. It will be a great learning curve for the young lads too."

Bradford and Bingley return to action today as they travel to Ossett. The latter have lost their previous two fixtures, but Brown admitted it doesn't take anything away from the quality of the opposition (Ossett).

He said: "They may have lost their last two games but it always a dangerous time to play Ossett. They're a really good side, they've recruited well over the winter and the defeats have been narrow ones, so you can't read too much into it.

"They've got a great opening partnership and they've also got some consistent batters further down the order, so it will be no easy task. We are expecting another tough challenge."