Family rivalry for Woodlands’ Brice

FORMER Birstall junior Chris Brice returns ‘home’ on Sunday as his Woodlands side bid to reach the Heavy Woollen Cup quarter-finals.

Brice was thrown into the senior fray at a young age and showed his potential by claiming the wicket of former England amateur captain Steve Foster in the Central Yorkshire League.

Brice left Birstall to join the Yorkshire Academy and later went on to play at Cleckheaton but it is Woodlands where he has had most success, picking up several Bradford League prizes, including the players’ player of the year in 2007.

Brice was the leading wicket taker in the Bradford League last term and on Sunday will be plotting the downfall of his former club, where his family are still involved.

Chris’s dad, Trevor, is president at Birstall and will also sponsor Sunday’s match but there will be no divided loyalties as Brice senior will be firmly behind the Leeds Road men.

Division One Gomersal entertain Spen Victoria of Division Two in an intriguing Heavy Woollen Cup derby.

Tomorrow in the Bradford League fifth-placed Gomersal travel to third-placed Bradford and Bingley with plenty at stake.

East Bierley will be looking to improve on their eighth place when they entertain seventh-placed Baildon at South View Road.

Cleckheaton are seeking their first win of the season as they visit Undercliffe tomorrow.

Woodlands who are second-bottom will be aiming to build on last week’s victory over East Bierley when Farsley are the visitors to Albert Terrace.

In Division Two Hartshead Moor will have high hopes against bottom club Great Horton while Spen Victoria will be out to spoil Morley’s unbeaten record at Scatcherd Lane.

In Central Yorkshire League Division One, Liversedge, who are fourth, will be hoping to overturn visitors East Ardsley, while Scholes, second in Division Two, host Netherton.