Richardson brothers revel in HW cup glory

Brothers Scott and Elliot Richardson celebrate helping Woodlands win the Heavy Woollen Cup last Sunday.
Brothers Scott and Elliot Richardson celebrate helping Woodlands win the Heavy Woollen Cup last Sunday.

Scott and Elliot Richardson are revelling in Heavy Woollen Cup glory having helped Woodlands win England’s oldest club competition.

Scott Richardson produced a man-of-the-match performance, while brother Elliot claimed the final wicket as Woodlands produced a dramatic fightback to defeat Huddersfield League side Hoylandswaine last Sunday.

With one trophy safely in the cabinet, Woodlands now focus their attentions on the JCT600 Bradford League Division One title race.

With just five games remaining, the top four teams are separated by just 20 points and the race is building towards a thrilling conclusion.

Woodlands lie second, 12 points behind long-time leaders Pudsey St Lawrence going into a key weekend of matches.

Woodlands travel to second-bottom Farsley tomorrow hoping to pile further pressure on St Lawrence, who make the short trip to fierce rivals Pudsey Congs.

Reigning champions Cleckheaton are just four points further back and are waiting in the wings should the top two slip up.

The Moorenders were due to travel to Woodlands last weekend but poor weather proved the winner on a day when much of the Bradford League programme was decimated by heavy rain.

Cleckheaton are also in derby action as they welcome East Bierley to Moorend in what should be another intriguing contest.

Bierley lie eighth in the table but are just 11 points above the relegation zone.

Bierley may be anxiously looking over their shoulders but they produced one of their best performances of the season against Cleckheaton when they recorded a 61-run victory as South View Road over the May bank holiday weekend, as James Ford hit a century.