Tom Brook will be hoping to maintain a blistering start to the season when champions Scholes face a Drakes League home double header against Barkisland and Skelmanthorpe.
The opening programme of Drakes fixtures was postponed last weekend, but Premiership clubs have Saturday and Sunday dates on the horizon while, on Sunday, it’s the preliminary round of the All Rounder Cricket Sykes Cup and Fired Up Paddock Shield.
Brook hammered 115 to help Scholes into the second round of the Heavy Woollen Cup, coincidentally against Barkisland.
The all-rounder’s effort included nine sixes and eight other boundaries and left their opponents chasing 274-9 in 45 overs.
Scholes had been given a 10-runs-per-over start by openers Tom Chadwick (50) and skipper James Noble (39), but it was the late onslaught of the Jack Gledhill Trophy winner Brook which rifled them clear.
Barkisland, who beat Scholes in the Sykes Cup final last summer, had a weakened team out and they were soon up against it as Brook’s younger brother, Louis, picked up four for 15.
Eldest brother Josh chipped in with three for 10 and, with Kiwi signing Tom MacRury picking up a wicket with his off-spin, Barkisland slumped to 50 all out.
Cawthorne will start life in the Premiership with a pair of home fixtures against Honley and Broad Oak, and they are looking to bounce back from a Heavy Woollen defeat.
Wrenthorpe proved too strong for them, posting 214-9 before bowling out the Dark Lane side for 147. Former Scholes and Kirkburton all-rounder Iqbal Khan claimed three for 47 for Cawthorne, whose top scorer was Michael Burgess with 32.
Skelmanthorpe also lost, this time by 101 runs at Morley, who totalled 166 before bowling out the Drakes side for 65. Skelmanthorpe visit Elland before taking on Scholes.
Club captains, deputies and club umpires are reminded there’s an important meeting for all clubs at Almondbury CC next Wednesday (7.30), when criteria for staging matches will be discussed.