Cleckheaton target away win to stay ahead of pack

Gavin Hamilton hit 108 runs as East Bierley registered league and cup victories last weekend.

Gavin Hamilton hit 108 runs as East Bierley registered league and cup victories last weekend.

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Cleckheaton travel to Bradford & Bingley tomorrow aiming to keep ahead of the chasing pack in JCT600 Bradford League Division One.

John Wood’s Moorenders took full advantage of Woodlands’ defeat to Pudsey St Lawrence last Saturday to move top of the table.

The champions have opened up an 11-pont lead on their nearest challengers and with their batsmen in top form, Cleck will be looking to stretch their advantage.

The Moorenders are challenging on three fronts and were paired at home to Undercliffe in Wednesday’s Priestley Cup semi-final draw, with the tie to be played on July 13.

East Bierley are also through to the semi-finals and host Pudsey St Lawrence.

With Cleckheaton having a tasty Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy semi-final against York to look forward to, these are certainly exciting times for everyone connected with a club celebrating their 150th anniversary.

Woodlands will look to bounce back from last week’s double set backs against St Lawrence when they travel to Yeadon.

With just the league to now concentrate on, Pieter Swanepoel’s men are sure to push Cleckheaton all the way.

East Bierley are also a side on the up, having recorded league and cup victories last weekend, thanks largely to the batting contributions of Gavin Hamilton, who scored 108 runs in his side’s two games.

Bierley welcome back two old boys for the first time tomorrow when Lee Goddard and Nick Walker return with New Farnley.

Spen Victoria could climb up to fifth in Division Two if they can record a handsome victory at Brighouse, while Hartshead Moor bid to bounce back from defeat at the hands of Idle when they face another promotion hopeful Baildon.