Royd are gunning for champs this Saturday

Jack Earle  (pictured at  Queensbury this season)  took six for 68 last Saturday. But his efforts went to waste as 'Royd's batting collapsed against Booth

Jack Earle (pictured at Queensbury this season) took six for 68 last Saturday. But his efforts went to waste as 'Royd's batting collapsed against Booth

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Skipper Tom Earle is hoping Mytholmroyd can stamp themselves as trophy contenders by winning away to Foster’s Halifax League champions Jer Lane on Saturday.

Lane are top and ‘Royd third after some shock results in the Premier last weekend.

Mytholmroyd suffered a dramatic collapse to lose at home to derby rivals Booth while Lane were beaten by Triangle and another of the top sides, Sowerby Bridge, went down to Blackley.

Earle’s men recovered with a convincing Parish Cup win at home to Division Two side Old Crossleyans on Sunday to restore morale before this weekend’s crunch game.

Looking ahead to the Jer Lane trip Earle said: “We have been rained off up there for the last two years and we were in the division below the year before that.

“We’ve got our strongest XI out. Hopefully we can beat the champs up there and get on a bit of a roll.”

Earle and fellow opening batsman Steve Senior have played for the league side at Jer Lane and Tom said: “It is usually a nice hard pitch.”

The ‘Royd skipper said he believed his first choice team was as good as any line-up in the league.

Mytholmroyd were top after five games, in spite of having to dig deep into their resources withTom’s 56-year-old dad Gary called up.

Curiously, they have lost their last two league matches in spite of players returning.

“We had a fantastic start to season when we were extremely short of players due to football and rugby,” said Earle.

“Our bowling and fielding have been second to none but we have had two blips with the bat.

“Runs will come - we’ve as a good a batting line-up as anyone in the league.”

Earle was dismayed by the Booth loss but pleased with the way Mytholmroyd bounced back when he felt they were on a hiding to nothing against the Crocs.

“We were 98 for three chasing 138 against Booth and it should have been over and done with. We had only ourselves to blame but we did get 313 on Sunday.

“There was not too much damage done on Saturday because Jer Lane and Sowerby Bridge lost. If ever there was a day to drop points, last Saturday was it.”

Tom’s brother Jack, one of the league’s top opening bowlers, has been Royd’s best performer so far this season.

“Jack is bowling really, really well. He has for the last four years but this time he is getting the rewards he deserves.”

Jack, who has had a knee reconstruction, bowled 20 overs against Booth but struggled to get going again the following day. “He’s got the body of a 65-year-old man!” joked his brother.

Saturday - Foster’s Halifax League, Premier Division: Booth v Blackley (M Walker & G Cowgill), Copley v Warley, Jer Lane v Mytholmroyd (J Senior & Jack Wilson), Southowram v Triangle, Sowerby Bridge v Thornton, SBCI v Queensbury.

Premier seconds: Blackley v Sowerby Bridge, Mytholmroyd v Booth (S Wyatt), Northowram v Copley, Thornton v Jer Lane, Triangle v SBCI, Warley v Southowram.

Division One: Bradshaw v Luddenden Foot (A Rawnsley & D Redhead), Bridgeholme v Northowram (S Bottomley & K Campbell), Low Moor v Stones, Oxenhope v Sowerby.

Division One seconds: Clayton v Outlane, Great Horton v Bridgeholme (S Hunter), Sowerby v Old Crossleyans, Stones v Greetland.

Division Two: Cullingworth v Clayton, Denholme Cl v Great Horton, Greetland v U.Hopton, Old Crocs v Old Town (R Wilkinson & P Taylor), Outlane v Shelf.

Division Two seconds: Luddenden Foot v Cullingworth (J Hyland), Old Town v Oxenhope (M Summerscales), Queensbury v Denholme Clough, Shelf v Bradshaw, Upper Hopton v Low Moor.

Sunday Section, Division One: Blackley v Sowerby Bridge, Copley v Lightcliffe, SBCI v Norden, Sowerby St Peters v Illingworth St.Marys.

Division Two: Barkisland v Southowram, Old Crossleyans v Northowram Fields, Rastrick v Northowram Hedge Top, Thornton v Greetland.

Division Three: Almondbury Wesleyans CC v Outlane, Bridgeholme v Stones, Luddenden Foot v Bradshaw, Mytholmroyd v Triangle.