Cleckheaton target Cup semi-final place

Opening bowler Curtis Free has claimed 21 wickets for Cleckheaton in Bradford League Division One this season.
Opening bowler Curtis Free has claimed 21 wickets for Cleckheaton in Bradford League Division One this season.

Cleckheaton are aiming to book a place in the Priestley Cup semi-final on Sunday when they travel to Lightcliffe in a tasty last eight tie.

The Moorenders missed out on the double last season when they were beaten by Pudsey St Lawrence in the Priestley final.

The reigning Bradford League champions will aim to go one better this season in a competition which they have never won.

Cleckheaton’s hopes of lifting the championship trophy for a third successive year were dealt a blow last week when they suffered a four-wicket defeat at Hanging Heaton.

They lie fourth in the table and trail leaders Pudsey St Lawrence by 45 points as the season nears halfway.

Curtis Free, a close season signing from Doncaster Town, is Cleckheaton’s leading bowler this time having taken 21 wickets at an average of 16.14 and they will need him to be on top form on Sunday.

Cleckheaton will look to bounce back from last week’s league defeat when they entertain lowly Saltaire tomorrow.

Woodlands are the nearest challengers to St Lawrence, trailing the leaders by 27 points, and they face a tough test away to Pudsey Congs.

Woodlands are also through to the Heavy Woollen Cup semi-finals and will meet either Congs or local rivals Gomersal, who have arranged their quarter-final for Sunday July 5.

East Bierley have slipped to ninth in Division One and they travel to Bradford and Bingley.

Scholes are mounting a serious promotion push in their first season in the Bradford League and they lie second in Division Two, with a trip to Bankfoot tomorrow.

Leaders Morley hold a 10-point advantage over Scholes and travel to Spen Victoria, while Gomersal host Keighley and Hartshead Moor travel to Idle.