Heaton’s derby clash in ECB Cup
HANGING Heaton and East Bierley face up to each other in a mouth watering ECB National Cup first round game at Bennett Lane on Bank Holiday Monday, start 1pm.
The sides are the Bradford League’s only representatives in the competition but were paired together.
Heaton bowed out at the first hurdle of last season’s National Cup, when they were edged out in a thriller at home to Doncaster Town, while Bierley thrashed Driffield by 115 runs in a game which saw former Scotland international Gavin Hamilton hit a superb 129.
That is where Bierley’s involvement ended though as they bowed out to Mansfield Hosiery Mills in the second round.
It could be a special occasion for the Dawood brothers, who look set to face up to each other. Ismail Dawood played his junior cricket at Bennett Lane and later had two further spells with the club and he is set to face younger brother Imran, who helped Heaton win promotion from Bradford League Division Two last season.
Ismail Dawood is on the national reserve list of umpires this season — officiating in Minor County and County second team games — so his involvement could depend on his commitments with the white coat.
The Dawood brothers are extremely competitive and this adds a little more spice to an already attractive tie.
Heaton travel to Farsley in Bradford Division One on Saturday and the team will then return to Bennett Lane as the club stages a family race night in the evening. All welcome.
Cricket followers get the chance to see three days of action as the Central Yorkshire League’s Jack Hampshire Trophy first round takes place on Sunday.
Birstall travel to Altofts in a repeat of the opening league match of the season, which saw the Leeds Road men slip to a five-wicket defeat.
Birstall warm up for their cup-tie at home to New Farnley in the CYL Premier Division on Saturday.
Batley are at home twice over the weekend and they will fancy their chances of making cup progress when they welcome Westwood Park to Mount Pleasant on Sunday, while they face one of their pre-season promotion rivals, Carlton, in Division One on Saturday.
Mount and Crossbank Meths are involved in a competitive local Huddersfield Central League Section B this time, a division which also includes Upper Hopton.
Crossbank welcome Birkby Rose Hill to The Rumbolds on Saturday, while Mount make the relatively short trip to Horbury Bridge.