Robin­son : Hullen Edge derby should be close

Halifax Courier - - Sport -

Bark­island tied with Shel­ley last Satur­day and then beat an un­der-strength Gol­car side by eight wickets in the Heavy Woollen Cup to earn a date with Wood­lands.

El­land host Hoy­landswaine on Satur­day while Bark­island break new ground with a trip to pro­moted Moor­lands.

But it is Sun­day’s clash which the sup­port­ers of both clubs will re­ally be look­ing for­ward to.

Bark­island skip­per Dar­ren Robin­son said El­land had re­cruited some qual­ity play­ers, spear­headed by re­turn­ing pair Win­row and hard-hit­ting open­ing part­ner Niall Lock­ley.

“I think they will be a com­pet­i­tive side this year - it could go ei­ther way,” he said.

Although Bark­island had the bet­ter sea­son last year, El­land won the only league game be­tween the pair to go ahead be­fore Robin­son’s side clicked into gear.

Bark­island did win a Twenty/20 match be­tween the sides but Sun­day’s vis­i­tors would pre­fer a Pre­mier win over their great ri­vals.

Robin­son said last Satur­day’s tie had felt like a win, even though victory had slipped through his side’s fin­gers at the end.

Four wickets for Matthew Steers and three for Alex Sc­hole­field left Robin­son’s side need­ing 221 to win.

Af­ter a dis­as­trous start, Luke Bridges (43) and Robin­son ( 55) pulled the re­ply around, only for an­other flurry of wickets to leave them on the brink of de­feat.

How­ever, last pair Steers (34) and Chris Wil­liams (15 no) lev­elled the scores, only for Steers to be run out com­ing back for a sec­ond run with two balls left.

Sc­hole­field took four wickets on Sun­day and New Zealand Un­der 19 player Tim Seifert­made an un­beaten 39.

“He looked strong - an ag­gres­sive, at­tack­ing player,” said Robin­son. Joe Gale on his way to a light­ning 50 for Wals­den at home to Unsworth in the Cen­tral Lan­cashire League last Satur­day. Gale cut loose af­ter a 148 run stand be­tween Nick Barker (100 no) and his brother Ste­vie (68). Unsworth were dis­missed for 112 in re­ply to the Scott Street side’s 275 for five

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