Liversedge facing big promotion test

APPROACHING the business end of the cricket season every point counts, none more so than in Central Yorkshire League Division One where Liversedge are aiming to claw their way back into promotion contention by beating leaders Carlton tomorrow (1pm).

Liversedge, who are fifth, travel to Town Street eight points behind the top team knowing a win would put them right in the mix at the top. Batley and Moorlands have 72 points in second and third places while Buttershaw St Pauls are two points further behind in fourth.

Liversedge owe Carlton one as they were the first team to beat them this season, ending an opening run of four wins and a tie.

Scholes are healthy leaders in Division Two, with a 14-point margin over Hopton Mills, and they entertain lowly Gildersome tomorrow.

Cleckheaton have plenty at stake in Bradford League Division One as their second spot has come under threat from Pudsey Congs.

The Moorenders slipped to an 86-run defeat by Bradford and Bingley last week and were grateful Congs could only tie with Undercliffe as they closed the gap to 10 points.

John Wood’s men will aim to be firing on all cylinders at third-bottom Hanging Heaton tomorrow, 1.30pm start.

East Bierley can do neighbours Cleckheaton a favour as they face Congs at South View Road tomorrow. Gavin Hamilton was in impressive form as Bierley defeated Heaton last Saturday.

Leaders Woodlands hold a comfortable 33- point lead over Cleckheaton and will seek to build on it as they host Manningham Mills at Albert Terrace. Mills moved up to fourth-bottom following a crucial win at Gomersal last weekend.

Bottom-side Gomersal will need a huge turnaround if they are to survive in Division One but if the pressure is off they may just produce a surprise at Pudsey St Lawrence.

In Division Two Spen Victoria will target a third straight win at home to second-placed Lightcliffe while Hartshead Moor visit Morley tomorrow.

Cleckheaton 1stXI at Hanging Heaton, meet at Cleckheaton at noon: From J Wood, M Nicholson (wk), I Wood, I Nicholson, M Walmsley, M Cummins, I Wardlaw, J Lee, T Jackson, A Deegan, J Robinson.

Shield final

Gomersal Seconds will hope for better luck on Sunday as they meet Pudsey St Lawrence in the Priestley Shield final at Lightcliffe, 1pm. Last weekend’s game was abandoned due to the weather.