Champagne corks ready to pop in title celebration

Iain Wardlaw is set to miss Cleckheaton's final game due to international commitments.
Iain Wardlaw is set to miss Cleckheaton's final game due to international commitments.

The champagne is on ice and the corks are ready to be popped as Cleckheaton close in on a first JCT600 Bradford League Division One title.

The Moorenders go into tomorrow’s final game of the season at local rivals Woodlands (start noon) requiring just four points to clinch a first championship crown in their history.

Woodlands’ hopes of retaining the title were ended by defeat to Pudsey St Lawrence last week and the Tofts Road men are now the only side who can overhaul Cleckheaton.

For that to happen, Saints need to record a handsome victory in their final game at Lightcliffe and must hope Woodlands beat Cleckheaton and deny them four bonus points in the process.

Iain Wardlaw has had a magnificent week as he claimed 4-20 and hit 63 not out in Cleckheaton’s emphatic victory over Saltaire last Saturday.

The former Hartshead Moor pace bowler then travelled to Scotland to play in their One Day International against the might of Australia on Tuesday.

Wardlaw claimed the wickets of star batsmen Shaun Marsh and Shane Watson on his way to figures of 2-69 from 10 overs, although Scotland lost by 200 runs.

Wardlaw is set to miss Cleckheaton’s final league match as Scotland play an international one day double header against Ireland this weekend.

Spen Victoria can mathematically still win promotion from Division Two but require a huge slice of luck and a helping hand from Farsley.

New Farnley require just five points from their final game at home to Division Two champions Farsley to win promotion in their first season.

If Farnley fail to achieve that tally, it could open the door for Spen to grab second place as they end at home to Brighouse.