Scholes plot to stun Saints in semi-finals

Scholes Yasir Ali celebrates dismissing Lightcliffes James Wilson in Sundays quarter-final. Picture: Jim Fitton
Scholes Yasir Ali celebrates dismissing Lightcliffes James Wilson in Sundays quarter-final. Picture: Jim Fitton

Scholes are plotting a major scalp as they bid to end Pudsey St Lawrence’s double hopes and reach their first Bradford League Priestley Cup final.

Bradford Premier leaders St Lawrence visit New Popplewell Lane on Sunday for a tasty looking semi-final which should attract a healthy crowd.

The Pudsey big guns are 103 points clear of bottom club Scholes in the league standings but James Stansfield knows his side can play without fear in what is one of the Cleckheaton club’s biggest matches in years.

Scholes booked their semi-final spot with an impressive seven-wicket win over Lightcliffe in last Sunday’s delayed last eight tie and will now bid to reach the final, which will be played at Spen Victoria.

Opening bowler Yasir Ali (3-37) and Joe Duffy (3-20) helped restrict Lightcliffe to 155-8 before overseas player Rizwan Ahmed guided them to victory with an unbeaten 79.

Woodlands are also targeting a place in the cup final when they travel to holders Bradford & Bingley in the other semi on Sunday.

With Woodlands 52 points off the pace in the title race, the Priestley Cup offers their best chance of silverware this time as they bid to give overseas star Sarfraz Ahmed the perfect send-off after 16 years’ loyal service with the Oakenshaw club.

Bingley defeated Lightcliffe by 106 runs in last season’s Priestley Cup final and already have one trophy in the cabinet having won the Bradford League’s Twenty20 Cup last Sunday.

Woodlands’ second team, currently top of their division, will aim to reach the Priestley Shield final when they travel to Farsley on Sunday.

Liversedge Seconds are also aiming to secure a final place when they travel to Townville in the Wheatley Cup semi-finals.