Cleckheaton can cement place as county’s top side

Captain John Wood is aiming to bring more silverware to Cleckheaton. Pic: Mike Baker JCT600 Bradford League
Captain John Wood is aiming to bring more silverware to Cleckheaton. Pic: Mike Baker JCT600 Bradford League

Cleckheaton will be looking to cement a place as Yorkshire’s top cricket team as they face a huge period of matches firing on three fronts.

The Moorenders take on Pudsey St Lawrence in what should be a cracking Sovereign Health Care Priestley Cup final at Undercliffe on Sunday (start noon).

John Wood’s men are on the brink of winning the JCT600 Bradford League Division One title for a second successive season as they are 22 points clear of second placed Woodlands with just three matches remaining.

Cleck are also competing for a third piece of silverware as they entertain York in the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy semi-final on Sunday August 31 (noon).

Cleckheaton’s only Priestley Cup final appearance to date came in 2007 when they suffered an 87-run defeat to Pudsey Congs but they are a much stronger side now and will start Sunday’s clash against St Lawrence as firm favourites to lift the trophy.

Just five of the 2007 cup final squad remain, with captain John Wood, brother Ian, opening bowler Iain Wardlaw and wicketkeeper Mally Nicholson and Ian Nicholson the only players still at the club.

Cleckheaton look set to have Scotland international Wardlaw available for Sunday’s mouth-watering cup final and tomorrow’s league clash at home to Lightcliffe.

Wardlaw played in Scotland’s One Day International defeat against New Zealand A on Wednesday but will be back to lead Cleckheaton’s bowling attack in a crucial weekend.

Admission to Sunday’s final is £4 adults, £2 concessions.

n The Dyson Insulations Twenty20 Final between Woodlands and Pudsey Congs will be played next Thursday (August 28) under floodlights at Bradford & Bingley, start 8pm, admission is free.