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Carlton face their toughest test at Townville

Carlton face their toughest test at Townville

31 Jul 2020

Townville and Carlton, two of the teams who have made strong starts to the new season, meet in the Gordon Rigg Group A T20 Cup on Sunday

The trip to Townville is the biggest test yet for last season’s Championship Two winners and they will be aware they have to contain the home side’s powerful batting line up.

Opener Jonny Booth, Harry Warwick and Conor Harvey were all in ominous form on the opening weekend.

Booth scored 143 not out and Harvey (70) in the thrilling League Cup win over Hanging Heaton while Warwick hit 34 in an over – five sixes and a four – on his way to 60 not out in the eight-wicket win over Methley in their opening T20 Cup clash.

But Carlton have batsmen in-form too. Promising Daniel Ford made 134 not out in their League Cup win over Birstall which also saw big-hitting Farrouk Alam make 134, while opener Daniel White impressed with 95 not out in the five-wicket T20 Cup win over Ossett.

Ossett and Methley meet in the other Pool Four game and both sides know that another defeat would leave them rooted to the bottom of the table.

 Pudsey St Lawrence will be hoping to back up their hard-earned four-wicket win at New Farnley when they entertain East Bierley.

The Saints have put their faith in their crop of young players backed up by the experience of skipper Chris Marsden, Mark Robertshaw, Charlie Best and Charlie Parker.

East Bierley have rebuilt their side this season and the trip to Tofts Road will provide them with their biggest test to date.

Pudsey Congs bagged a maximum 20 points for beating East Bierley last week but face a very different challenge as they entertain New Farnley.

Hanging Heaton, winner of the cup in 2017 and 2018, open their Pool Three challenge with a derby clash against Batley at Bennett Lane.

Batley lost their opening encounter by 15 runs against Birstall and have to win to have any chance of qualifying for the semi-finals and that won’t be easy against the 2018 national champions.

Bradford & Bingley can become the first team to clinch a place if the semi-finals if they can win at Cleckheaton. Ed Brown’s side beat Keighley by six wickets in their opening match.