Key round of Bradford League Premier fixtures

Cleckheaton's Curtis Free sends down a delivery during last week's Bradford Premier League clash against Batley.
Cleckheaton's Curtis Free sends down a delivery during last week's Bradford Premier League clash against Batley.

SATURDAY promises to be a key date in the Bradford Premier League as the top four and bottom four sides clash in a series of crucial games at both ends of the table.

Woodlands lie third and welcome second placed Hanging Heaton to Oakenshaw knowing victory will see them move above the National Cup quarter-finalists.

Woodlands overcame champions Pudsey St Lawrence by seven wickets last week to keep the pressure on the top but have been beaten twice away to Hanging Heaton in the league and Priestley Cup.

Farsley hold a six point lead at the top and are a further three ahead of Woodlands but they face a crucial home game against neighbours Pudsey St Lawrence, who lie fourth, and must win to retain any hope of capturing a third straight league title.

At the other end of the table, there are crucial games for Cleckheaton and East Bierley.

John Wood’s Cleckheaton hauled themselves out of the bottom two last week with victory over Batley and they travel to bottom side Pudsey Congs looking to put daylight between themselves and the bottom two.

Congs have won just two of their 15 matches and are already 15 points behind second-bottom Batley and 17 off Cleckheaton, so can not afford to lose further ground.

East Bierley’s eight wicket defeat to Farsley leaves them five points outside the drop zone as they travel to Batley.

Victory would give Bierley breathing space but defeat could see them slip into the bottom two come Saturday night.