East Bierley facing dramatic final day

East Bierley opening bowler Umer Yaqoob was taken to hospital after being hit on the head by the ball when fielding at Hanging Heaton last Saturday.
East Bierley opening bowler Umer Yaqoob was taken to hospital after being hit on the head by the ball when fielding at Hanging Heaton last Saturday.

East Bierley are facing a dramatic final day of the All Rounder Bradford Premier League season as they bid to produce a great escape and claw themseves out of the relegation zone.

Bierley are currently second-bottom and are one of three sides involved in the scrap for survival.

The South View Road side are just a point above basement boys Pudsey Congs and two behind third-bottom Batley and bonus points could certainly come into the reckoning as to who survives the drop.

In an added twist, all three clubs fighting the drop are at home, with Bierley having arguably the easier of the games against Bradford & Bingley.

Congs entertain Priestley Cup winners New Farnley, while Batley host Woodlands, who themselves have something to play for as they are still fighting to finish in second place.

It seems certain that at least one of the biggest names in Bradford League cricket will drop out of the top flight come Saturday evening and Bierley will be hoping it is not them.

East Bierley will be hoping opening bowler Umer Yaqoob has recovered from a head injury sustained when he was hit by the ball when fielding during last week’s game against newly crowned champions Hanging Heaton.

Cleckheaton could mathematically still go down but it would take an incredible turn of events for them to be dragged back into the bottom two.

Cleckheaton’s emphatic seven-wicket win over Bingley last week means they require just five bonus points to be assured of Premier survival.

Woodlands trail Farsley by 12 points in the race for second place and with the Red Lane men facing a tricky final day trip to Townville, Tim Jackson’s side will be determined to keep the presure on by winning at Batley.

Scholes are two games away from a return to the top flight but face both their Championship One promotion rivals away from home.

Scholes travel to second place Methley in a top-of-the-table showdown for their penultimate match on Saturday and end away to third placed Wrenthorpe the following week.

Scholes hold a seven point lead over Methley and are a further 10 ahead of Wrenthorpe, who travel to Yeadon on Saturday.

Gomersal are destined for a mid-table finish and play their final home game of the season when Undercliffe are the visitors to Oxford Road before ending at Bankfoot next week.