Cricket: Overseas star Fawcett is shown door by Farsley

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FARSLEY have revealed that overseas player Jake Fawcett has left the club – partly for disciplinary reasons.

The Aussie all-rounder only arrived at Red Lane earlier this spring in time for the new season, but the club have terminated his contract with immediate effect and are now focusing on bringing in a replacement.

It ensures Perth-born Fawcett, 25, who made two limited-overs appearances for Western Australia in 2009, will become a small footnote in Farsley history.

His only Bradford League appearance was an undistinguished one on the opening-day of the season against Lightcliffe, when he made just four runs and took 1-50.

Fawcett informed the club he’d picked up an injury that would keep him out for six weeks, with a further 12 weeks rehabilitation, ruling him out for most of the rest of 2015.

Allied to that, Fawcett also breached club discipline, prompting Farsley to end his contract – feeling it is in his best interests to return home to concentrate on getting himself fit.

The developments represent an untimely blow for Farsley, who were hoping that Fawcett was going to make a positive impact this season, although they feel at the end of the day, they were left with no choice.

They are hoping to bring in Durham 2nd XI player Tom Hodgson, brother of Yorkshire player Dan, as a replacement.

Chairman David Storr said: “The situation was he was going to be our all-rounder. He was number three batsman and an our off-spinner – and he has played one game for us. We have contacted the Bradford League, but can’t do anything about replacing him as an overseas as he has played just one game for us.

“We are hoping that Dan Hodgson’s brother, Tom, who has played for Durham’s academy and been playing for Darlington, will sign and play for us.”

Farsley face a big weekend on the pitch with back-to-back home derbies with Pudsey Congs in Division One and then in the Priestley Cup on Sunday.

They have endured a slow start to the season, losing their opener to Lightcliffe and hanging on for a draw against Undercliffe in the near dark last weekend and hope the double derby date serves as a springboard.

Storr said: “Congs have gone really well and we hope both will be good contests.

“The first match against Lightcliffe was a little bit disappointing after bowling them out for 188 and not overhauling that total on our ground. It was not very good at all.

“Last Saturday was a bit of a lottery. We bowled them out for 155, so the bowling unit is working very well. Having said that we were 41-0 in reply after about 11 overs before the heavens opened.

“We went back on chasing 100-odd in 10 overs and had a go, but lost some quick wickets and then thought discretion was the better part of valour with bowlers running in from 15 yards at eighty miles an hour in the dark!”

“There was no restrictions on the bowlers at seven o’clock and we were on a hiding to nothing.”

Elsewhere tomorrow, Pudsey Saints welcome New Farnley, with Cleckheaton and Hanging Heaton head to Lightcliffe and East Bierley respectively.

Woodlands host Saltaire and in Division Two, Morley welcome Bankfoot and Yeadon visit Gomersal.

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METHLEY put their 100 per cent record on the line in the CYL Premier at home to Altofts tomorrow ­– having profited while their rivals lost out to the weather last weekend.

The champions beat Batley by nine wickets in the only completed game in a rain-affected programme last Saturday and Marcus Walmsley’s side lead the way by four points after two matches ahead of second-placed Ossett.

Skipper Walmsley led the way with a fine 6-62 to help dismiss Batley for just 105 last weekend, with Sohail Raz chipping in with three wickets.

Replying, Ossett reached their total in pristine fashion, with Fahid Rehman (59no) and Luke Patel (30no) seeing them home in comfort.

Ossett have already shown plenty of evidence that they can be a force this season, with their top-order all firing in terms of run-gathering prowess.

They visit Carlton tomorrow, having been frustrated by the elements last weekend after the weather got the better of proceedings after they were in a strong position against Wrenthorpe.

Carlton lost out to Wrens first time out and they also showed spirit in last weekend’s encounter with Wakefield Thornes, although Ossett will be ranked as favourites to continue their sterling start to the campaign.

The season may only been a fortnight old, but Birstall and Townville already lock horns for the second time this season tomorrow.

Townville ran out narrow seven-run winners on the first weekend of the season when the pair met in a closely-fought Heavy Woollen Cup tie.

Townville will be looking to put the disappointment of last week’s rain behind them and pick up maximum points in their quest to catch Methley.

Hunslet Nelson will want to forget last week’s performance against Townville behind them, although they did manage to come away with two vital points.

They welcome Buttershaw St Paul’s tomorrow, while Wrens make the trip to Mirfield PC, with the two of the division’s stronger bowling attacks doing battle.

Wrens have made a sound start to the season with an opening-day win and a decent performance in a draw with Ossett.

Propping up the table after two losses are Batley and they make the journey to Wakefield Thornes tomorrow.

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