Thursday, 9 May 2013

Club Cricket Weekend Preview

County players return to their clubs this weekend, after last week's County Championship double-header. There will be a few tired bodies and a few niggling injuries, which may affect the line-ups, plus there is an EWDP U19 game against Shropshire, which will take some of the younger players out of the mix. I'll round-up all the results and performances early next week, but here is what you have to look forward to.

Southern League
Brighton will have their work cut-out keeping a powerful Hayes side in check this weekend, although Hayes may not be able to field their strongest team due to other commitments. Hursley v Finchley and Loughton v Bath should be evenly matched games. If Charlotte Edwards turns out for Wokingham there would be few who would bet against her clocking up her fourth century in a row, if she chooses to bat. It will be Bexley who will be on the receiving end this time.

Brighton v Hayes
Hursley v Finchley
Loughton v Bath
Wokingham v Bexley

South West League
Newport will be hoping to keep their 100% record intact against Taunton, after squeaking home against Plympton last time out. St Austell will be looking to get off the mark against Bristol Phoenix, but this looks like being a tight game.

Taunton St Andrew v Newport
St Austell v Bristol Phoenix

Midlands League
Sheffield Utd's Lauren Winfield and Nat Sciver have been in magnificent form with bat and ball respectively (and Nat has not been too shabby with the bat in her last couple of innings for Surrey) and Sheffield may prove too strong for Burton Latimer. Pershore and Walmley are the only unbeaten teams in the league (both one from one). Walmley, even without the injured Sarah Taylor, are likely to remain unbeaten against Quatt, but Pershore will have a bigger struggle against Meir Heath.  

Burton Latimer v Sheffield Utd
Pershore v Meir Heath
Walmley v Quatt

Cheshire League
Early days in the Cheshire league, but unbeaten Appleton and Chester Broughton meet with someone bound to lose their 100% record. Oakmere have their first run out against Stalybridge. Romiley and Stockport are both looking for their first win, although Stockport have yet to play. Romiley narrowly lost out last time in a high-scoring game to the Bolton Indians and may fancy their chances of a first win in three games. Trafford too make their first appearance of the season against the Bolton Indians, for whom Bhumika Doshi hit a century in her last match. It should be an interesting weekend if the weather does not intervene.

Appleton v Chester Broughton
Oakmere v Stalybridge
Romiley v Stockport Trinity
Trafford Metrovics v Bolton Indians

Yorkshire League
Well at least there appear to be some fixtures in Yorkshire this weekend

Old Modernians v Treeton
Bradford Ladies v New Farnley


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