Bonus points crucial to Woodlands hopes

Pieter Swanepoel believes bonus points could be the key factor in the Bradford League Division One title race.
Pieter Swanepoel believes bonus points could be the key factor in the Bradford League Division One title race.
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Woodlands captain Pieter Swanepoel believes bonus points will play a key role to his side’s JCT600 Bradford League Division One title bid.

Woodlands have closed the gap on long time leaders Pudsey St Lawrence to just a point going into the final fortnight of the campaign.

The race is set for a thrilling finale, with Woodlands hosting Pudsey Congs tomorrow before a trip to Lightcliffe on the final day, while Lawrence host relegation threatened Undercliffe before a trip to Cleckheaton.

Swanepoel knows winning the toss and picking up maximum batting points could prove crucial to both teams’ chances.

He said: “We have played very well, it’s just unfortunate that in some games we have lost the toss and had to bowl first and have bowled sides out cheaply and not got all the batting points.

“We have probably lost 15 batting points and when you are playing catch-up, you need these bonus points especially when St Lawrence played a game when everybody else was rained off.

“If you look at the table, we have won 14 and they have won 13 with the same amount of games played. There’s a bit of a flaw in the points system.

“Sometimes, people think after they bowl someone out for say 110 and get the runs easily after winning the toss, it’s a rubbish game of cricket. But you still bowl really well to get a team out for that and you are actually getting penalised.

“Saying that we have the opportunity to catch St Lawrence.”

Cleckheaton can still mathematically win the title as they trail St Lawrence by 15 points with a trip to bottom side Salteire tomorrow.

Woodlands Seconds are targeting Crowther Cup glory on Bank Holiday Monday when they meet Pudsey Congs at Morley (start noon).