WHEN one door closes another one opens which is why East Bierley, beaten by Hyde in the ECB National Cup regional final last Sunday, will be aiming to reach the Priestley Cup final this Sunday (1pm).
Standing between Bierley and their second Priestley final in three years are neighbours Cleckheaton. They arrive at South View Road in terrific league form having moved up to second place in Bradford League Division One.
It should be an intriguing contest as both captains, Lee Goddard for Bierley and Cleckheaton’s John Wood, lead from the front.
Last Saturday Goddard top scored with 54 against Gomersal while Wood struck 97 when opening the innings. Both are also capable of making their mark in the bowling department.
In the league clash between the teams last month Cleckheaton had a 56-run victory, part of their run of seven wins in their last eight league matches.
East Bierley will warm up for the semi-final with a tough trip to Pudsey St Lawrence tomorrow, while Cleckheaton will have high hopes at bottom of the table Gomersal in another derby match.
Gomersal will be hoping they can build on the confidence that comes from reaching the Heavy Woollen Cup final last Sunday into their league campaign.
Gomersal beat Hanging Heaton in a last-ball drama to show they have the temperament and the composure to spring some surprises.
Gomersal’s Seconds, will be flying the flag at Oxford Road in their Priestley Shield semi-finals against Pudsey Congs, who share the lead with them in Division Two.
Bradford League leaders, Woodlands stumbled in their recent serene progress when they went down to a 48-run defeat at Pudsey Congs.
Despite that they remain 13 points head of Cleckheaton. Woodlands face the mercurial Hanging Heaton tomorrow who were on Woodlands’ coat tails a couple of weeks ago but have slid back to ninth after a series of defeats
Hartshead Moor, triumphant against Brighouse last Saturday, will face a big test in Division Two tomorrow as they visit Roberts Park to meet second-placed Saltaire.
Spen Victoria are third bottom and will have to raise their game to meet the challenge of fourth-placed Bowling Old Lane at Spen Lane.
Liversedge plunged from first to fourth in Central Yorkshire League Division One last Saturday after a 116-run defeat at Moorlands so they will be determined to get back on top with a win at home to Ossett.
Scholes, with a five-point lead in Division Two, will be hoping to consolidate their position when they take on eighth-placed Batley A at New Popplewell Lane. Scholes are unbeaten in seven league matches.