Duo geared up for showdown

GOMERSAL 11 V PUDSEY ST LAWRENCE 11 FINAL - d14081181'Gomersal wicket keeper Phil Carter takes the wicket of Tom Dalton, caught behind.
GOMERSAL 11 V PUDSEY ST LAWRENCE 11 FINAL - d14081181'Gomersal wicket keeper Phil Carter takes the wicket of Tom Dalton, caught behind.

CLECKHEATON wicketkeeper Mally Nicholson could be forgiven for being a little bleary eyed when he takes to the field for tomorrow’s crunch top of the table showdown with Woodlands at Moorend (start 1pm).

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Nicholson was part of Cleckheaton’s side, who beat Baildon in the floodlit Twenty20 Cup semi-final at Bradford & Bingley on Tuesday night and he was set to return to Wagon Lane to play in last night’s final at Wagon Lane, when the Moorenders faced Hanging Heaton or hosts Bingley.

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Cleckheaton go into tomorrow’s showdown 29 points behind Bradford League Division One leaders Woodlands and know only victory will keep alive the title race going into the final three matches of the season.

The Moorenders will hope to have Yorkshire pace bowler Iain Wardlaw available as he did not feature in this week’s County Championship game at Scarborough.

There is also a crucial game at the other end of the first division table with relegation threatened Gomersal and Baildon meeting at Oxford Road.

Gomersal appear set to be relegated to Division Two as they trail third-bottom Hanging Heaton by 60 points with four matches left but they will want to go down fighting and tomorrow gives them a good chance of picking up a fourth league win of the campaign.

With little over a week to go until the Pruiestley Cup final, East Bierley will look to hit form and they travel to Manningham Mills.

Bierley trail third placed Farsley by six points

Never before in the history of the Bradford League have three local clubs occupied the top three places, so it would be regarded as a major coup for the area were that to happen.

Hartshead Moor have four Division Two games remaining, all of which are at home and they start their run-in against Bankfoot tomorrow.

Having been in a very healty position to win promotion from Central Yorkshire League Division One, Liversedge have slipped back into fifth place after a recent bad run.

They are 11 points outside the promotion places with four games left and can not afford any more slip ups if they are to keep their hopes alive.

They welcome Oulton to Roberttown Lane tomorrow and could mnake up ground on at least one of the sides above them as third placed Moorlands met leaders Carlton.

There are no such problems for Scholes, who need just two more wins to clinch the Division Two title, and they will look to take another step towards that voal when they travel to Buttershaw St Pauls A.