Bierley bid to reel in leaders

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EAST Bierley will be aiming to build on last week’s thrilling two-wicket Priestley Cup semi-final victory over Woodlands by piling more pressure on the Bradford League Division One leaders.

With thoughts of playing in the showpiece cup final at Spen Victoria put on the back burner until the end of August, Bierley will now look to reel in the 34 point gap that separates them from Woodlands.

Tomorrow could prove to be a pivotal day in the title race as Woodlands face a difficult trip to third-placed Pudsey St Lawrence, while Bierley entertain Lightcliffe.

Gavin Hamilton has played on the biggest stage in one-day cricket and the former Scotland captain used all his experience to craft a vital 57 not out from 129 balls as Bierley chased down Woodlands score of 166-9 with seven balls remaining.

Bierley will find out their Priestley Cup opponents on Sunday when Manningham Mills host Hanging Heaton in the other semi, while they host Pudsey Congs in the last four of the Twenty20 Cup next Tuesday (July 31) for the right to play Morley in the final.

Morley sprang a huge upset on Tuesday when they knocked a full-strength Woodlands side out of the competition with a six-wicket win.

Cleckheaton extended their unbeaten run to nine matches with victory over Hanging Heaton last Saturday thanks to an inspired display by Yorkshire paceman Iain Wardlaw.

Tykes captain Andrew Gale featured for Cleck as he returned from a hip injury and although he only scored eight, caught on the boundary by James Stansfield, the 28-year-old guided Yorkshire to a place in the Friends Life Twenty20 Finals Day with victory over Worcestershire on Wednesday.

Cleckheaton aim to stretch their fine run to 10 matches tomorrow when they travel to Undercliffe.

There is a crucial game in the Division Two promotion race when in-form Gomersal travel to Morley, fifth placed Hartshead Moor go to Windhill, while Spen Victoria entertain Keighley.

Liversedge and Scholes will be out to cause upsets when they take on the top two sides in Central Yorkshire League Division One.

Liversedge entertain leaders Moorlands, while Scholes host second placed Wakefield St Michaels.