Scholes prepare for Gomersal derby test

Grant Soames top scored with 45 as Woodlands sealed a 13-run victory over New Farnley last Saturday.
Grant Soames top scored with 45 as Woodlands sealed a 13-run victory over New Farnley last Saturday.
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Scholes prepare to entertain Gomersal on Saturday as Bradford League first team cricket is played at New Popplewell Lane for the first time.

Both sides made winning starts to their Division Two campaigns last weekend, with Scholes recording a maximum 20 points from their 138-run victory over Yeadon, while Gomersal overcame Bowling Old Lane.

Scholes are waiting for the arrival of overseas player Usman Saeed to bolster their side.

Saeed scored over 1,000 runs and claimed 50 wickets with his leg spin playing in Scotland for the last two seasons.

It proved a great opening day to the summer for local sides in Division Two as Spen Victoria defeated Bankfoot and they also look forward their first home game to Brighouse.

Hartshead Moor sat out the opening round of league matches, so begin their campaign at Keighley tomorrow.

There are a couple of cracking Division One matches in prospect, none more so than at Pudsey St Lawrence, who entertain Woodlands.

Both sides signalled their intentions to challenge for Cleckheaton’s league title with impressive opening wins, while Woodlands also made Heavy Woollen Cup progress against Mirfield Parish Cavaliers when Chris Brice hit a splendid century.

Champions Cleckheaton will look to bounce back from their defeat at Bradford and Bingley when they entertain Pudsey Congs.

Cleck were bowled out for just 80 in reply to Bingley’s 244-9 and they will be eager to pick up a first win in what is sure to be a keenly fought title race this year.

East Bierley made a good fist of challenging Pudsey St Lawrence’s 283-5 before slipping to a 14-run defeat last week and they travel to promoted Saltaire tomorrow.