Local cricketers get chance to face Yorkshire Vikings

Cleckheaton's Curtis Free has been selected for the Bradford League team who will face Yorkshire at Pudsey Congs
Cleckheaton's Curtis Free has been selected for the Bradford League team who will face Yorkshire at Pudsey Congs

Gary Fellows will captain the Bradford League team who meet Yorkshire Vikings in a Twenty20 Challenge at Pudsey Congs tonight (Thursday), start 6pm.

Fellows is joined in the side by Hanging Heaton teammate Tom Chippendale, who is rewarded for his impressive start to the season with a call-up.

Cleckheaton opening bowler Curtis Free and Woodlands batsman Alex Atkinson are the other local players selected in the team who take on Yorkshire as part of Andrew Gale’s benefit year with the county.

Gale is expected to be joined by a number of the county’s most promising young players as the match comes just 24 hours before Yorkshire’s opening Natwest Blast fixture against Leicestershire.

Gale, who has led Yorkshire to two successive County Championship triumphs, stood down as one-day captain in August and is no stranger to Bradford Premier League followers after cutting his cricketing teeth with Cleckheaton.

Bradford League team manager Paul Hutchison also includes the big-hitting overseas duo of Nomal Ali and Suleman Khan.

Bradford League Team: Gary Fellows (Hanging Heaton) captain, Callum Geldart (Pudsey Congs), Alex Atkinson (Woodlands), Lee Goddard (New Farnley), Suleman Khan (Lightcliffe), Matthew Duce (Pudsey St Lawrence) wkt, Noman Ali (Bradford & Bingley), James Wainman Farsley, Tom Chippendale (Hanging Heaton), Richie Lamb (Pudsey St Lawrence), Curtis Free (Cleckheaton).