Double header will prove crucial in promotion race

Cleckheaton v Hanging Heaton Bradford League sat 20th july 2013'Andrew Deegan  bowling for Cleckheaton
Cleckheaton v Hanging Heaton Bradford League sat 20th july 2013'Andrew Deegan bowling for Cleckheaton

Spen Victoria are gearing up for a huge double weekend which will prove crucial in their quest to win promotion from JCT600 Bradford League Division Two.

Spen remain second despite suffering back-to-back defeats but face their most important weekend as they host leaders Farsley tomorrow and then entertain third place New Farnley on Sunday.

Spen trail Farsley by 34 points but tomorrow’s opponents also suffered a wobble, losing to Keighley last week, and Spen will be aiming to close the gap and pile pressure on the pre-season favourites.

Heavy Woollen Cup finalists Farnley have closed the gap on Spen to just eight points and they have a tough game at Keighley on Sunday.

Yeadon are the form team in the second division and are just a point further back in fourth place.

They travel to Undercliffe tomorrow and are at Hartshead Moor on Sunday.

Hartshead kick start their double weekend at second-bottom Idle, while Gomersal are at Windhill before hosting Bowling Old Lane on Sunday.

Local rivals Cleckheaton and Woodlands are set for a thrilling race for the Division One title.

Leaders Cleckheaton hold a 13-point lead over the champions with seven matches remaining and they will be aiming to avoid a potential banana skin tomorrow when they visit Manningham Mills.

Woodlands are away to Bradford & Bingley as they aim to close the gap on Cleckheaton but, with the title race set to go down to the wire, it is worth noting that the top-two sides are due to meet at Oakenshaw on the final day of the season.

East Bierley, who moved sixth with a thrilling two-wicket victory over Lightcliffe last week, entertain bottom club Saltaire, who are in desperate need of points.