Barkisland T20 pulls in the stars

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Barkisland round off their festival week - launched by Sir Ian Botham last Thursday - with action at their ground over the next three days.

The first team are at home on Saturday and Sunday in the Huddersfield League - against Lepton Highlanders and Broad Oak - but before then there is much interest in a Twenty/20 game tonight.

A combined team from the Huddersfield/Central Lancashire Leagues will take on a side made up from players in the Halifax and Bradford Leagues.

The first named team are expected to include ex-England all-rounder Chris Schofield, Queensland all rounder Clinton Perrin, Brisbane player Worrin Williams, West Indian Lorenzo Ingram, Sri Lankan Ranil Dhammika, and Minor Counties wicketkeeper Mathew Dawson.

They may be up against the likes of Yorkshire’s Alex Lees, Durham’s Charlie Roebuck and local players Sam Frankland and Chris Greenwood, who all ply their trade in the Bradford League, along with Halifax League players Jamie Summerscales, Kurtis Whippey and Carl Fletcher.

It promises to be an explosive night of action. Entry is free, and there will be a barbeque, coloured clothing and music to add to atmosphere.

Barkisland’s Huddersfield League neighbours Elland will hope to maintain their winning ways at home to Honley tomorrow.

They stretched their lead at the top of the Premier Division to three points with a nail-biting one-wicket win at Kirkburton last Saturday.

A boundary from last man Alastair Finn off former Hullen Edge player Greg Buckley saw the visitors past their hosts’ 131.

It was a familiar tale in the field for Elland with slow bowlers Lorenzo Ingram and Chris Goulden adding to their rich wickets hauls so far this season.

Kirkburton were 56 for one until overseas ace Ingram (five for 45) and ex-Copley captain Goulden (three for 23) set to work.

A 57-run opening stand between Niall Lockley (34) and skipper Paul Winrow (22) looked to have put Elland on the way to an easy win.

Ingram made 27 and Simon Wheelwright 21 but the rest fell cheaply to Olly Davidson (six for 34) and Buckley (three for 41).

In Twenty/20 action this week, Barkisland and Hall Bower tied with 129 runs each.

Elland overhauled Golcar’s 112 with six wickets to spare, aided by Ingram’s 46 not out, and they meet Hall Bower at home on Tuesday in their final group game.