New era for Division One sides
Posted on 22nd April 2021 at 17:30
There is a new look to the second tier of the Hunters York & District Senior Cricket League with 24 clubs split geographically into two divisions, East and West. The champions of each division will gain automatic promotion to the Premier Division whilst the two runners-up will meet in a play-off to decide the final promotion place. At the opposite end of the tables three sides from each division will be relegated, which should make for a season full of competitive cricket with plenty to play for.
On paper at least the West looks to be the stronger of the two divisions with seven teams for the old division one joining Easingwold who were relegated from the Premier Division at the end of 2019. KNARESBOROUGH and HARROGATE narrowly missed out on promotion last time around and the local rivals meet at Aspin Lane when the season gets underway on Saturday. Knaresborough won a truncated competition last season beating many of those in this division and will be among the favourites for the title. CARLTON TOWERS were also in the promotion hunt for a good proportion of 2019, and they visit DRINGHOUSES to begin their campaign. EASINGWOLD, who take on SESSAY welcome back former Back Lane favourite Kyle Waite who was leading run scorer when the side featured in the 2017 YPLN before transferring to Stamford Bridge. BOLTON PERCY’s trip to CLIFTON ALLIANCE brings together two former Division One sides whereas the match between OSBALDWICK and THORP ARCH & BOSTON SPA brings together two teams which have benefited from the expansion after finishing third in their respective division twos. It is a similar story for THIRSK who will be looking to make the most of their opportunity with a winning start as they entertain HEWORTH.
Division One East looks to be a far more open competition with eight of the twelve teams coming from the Division Two highest placed finishers. BEVERLEY TOWN suffered relegation at the end of 2019 and begin with a trip to North Marine Road to take on SCARBOROUGH who topped Galtres Two before opting to stay local in the disrupted 2020 season. Dominic Rhodes’ move from YPLN side Stamford Bridge to COTTINGHAM should provide a boost to their promotion hopes with POCKLINGTON the first side to come up against one of the YPLN’s premier bowlers. Russell Robinson who helped Sheriff Hutton Bridge to White Rose Champions success in 2019 is another former YPLN player stepping down the divisions and BRIDLINGTON will benefit from his experience as they begin against SUTTON-ON-HULL. WOODHOUSE GRANGE and HULL ZINGARI will get the chance to put the newly surfaced Sandhill Lane outfield through its paces and LONDESBOROUGH PARK, one of the lowest ranked sides in the division having finished fourth in Ebor Two will make the trip North to take on DRIFFIELD TOWN, whilst heading in the opposite direction HORSNSEA will head south to take on PATRINGTON.
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