Champagne put on ice as Cleckheaton close on title

Cleckheaton's Tim Jackson after he was trapped lbw by Chris Marsden in last Sunday's Priestley Cup final.
Cleckheaton's Tim Jackson after he was trapped lbw by Chris Marsden in last Sunday's Priestley Cup final.

The champagne is on ice at Moorend as Cleckheaton close in on a second successive JCT600 Bradford League Division One title.

John Wood’s men require just 16 points from their final two matches to be confirmed as champions and Cleckheaton could be celebrating on Saturday evening with victory at Farsley.

Any potential title party will be put on hold though as Cleckheaton entertain York in the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy semi-final on Sunday.

That tie, already rained off earlier this month, must be decided on Sunday as the final, against South Yorkshire champions Elsecar, will be played at Hanging Heaton on Sunday September 7 (start noon),

Cleckheaton’s treble hopes were ended last Sunday when they suffered defeat to Pudsey St Lawrence in the Priestley Cup final but the main objective for the Moorenders has always been to retain the title.

Woodlands are now the only team who can catch Cleckheaton going into the final two games and they will be looking to capitalise on any late slip when they travel to St Lawrence.

Woodlands were hoping to capture some silverware last night (Thursday) when they met Pudsey Congs in a re-arranged Twenty20 Cup final under floodlights at Bradford & Bingley.

East Bierley will be aiming to complete a league double over Hanging Heaton and end any lingering relegation fears.

Bierley are third-bottom, 33 points above the drop zone and know eight points from their final two matches will be enough to ensure survival.

Hartshead Moor will be looking to dent Saltaire’s promotion charge in Division Two, while Gomersal entertain Bankfoot and Spen Victoria host Idle.