Bradford Cricket League reveal new look T20 competition

Elliott Richardson  bowling for Woodlands in last season's T20 finals day.
Elliott Richardson bowling for Woodlands in last season's T20 finals day.

The ECB Bradford Premier League will have a new-look Twenty20 competition next season, with 32 clubs split into two regionalised groups.

Each round will be run on a knock-out basis with two teams from each group going forward to the finals day on Sunday, July 10.

Perhaps the most intriguing tie in Group A sees Birstall making the short trip to Batley in a clash of the former Central Yorkshire League sides, with the winners rewarded with a trip to the winners of the all-Premier Division tie between Hanging Heaton and East Bierley.

Hopton Mills, beaten semi-finalists in last season’s Central Yorkshire League T20, travel to Premier Division new boys Scholes.

Heckmondwike and Carlinghow, who have switched from the Huddersfield Central League, entertain Crossbank Meths in another interesting clash.

Pudsey Congs, who reached the national finals of the ECB T20 Cup at Cardiff last year, start out with an away tie at New Farnley.

If Congs come through that match they will face the winners of the all-Premier League clash between Pudsey St Lawrence, who they beat in last year’s final, and Lightcliffe.

First round (Tuesday May 10)

Group A: Baildon v Bradford & Bingley, Yeadon v Undercliffe, Hanging Heaton v East Bierley, Brighouse v Hartshead Moor, Oulton v Carlton, Great Preston v Altofts, Northowram v Woodlands, Batley v Birstall.

Group B: New Farnley v Pudsey Congs, Hopton Mills v Scholes, Gildersome v Morley , Pudsey St Lawrence v Lightcliffe, Rodley v Farsley, Wakefield St Michael’s v Methley, East Ardsley v Ossett, Heckmondwike & Carlinghow v Crossbank Methodists.