Scholes target double as promotion race hots up

Cleckheaton v Woodlands Bradford League sat 22nd june 2013'John Wood of Cleckheaton

Cleckheaton v Woodlands Bradford League sat 22nd june 2013'John Wood of Cleckheaton

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Scholes are gearing up for an important double weekend as they go into the latter stages of the season still firing on two fronts.

The New Popplewell Lane side lie second in Central Yorkshire League Division One, five points behind leaders Hopton Mills and four ahead of fellow promotion contenders Wakefield St Michael’s.

Scholes travel to Buttershaw St Paul’s tomorrow aiming to keep Hopton under pressure, while on Sunday they travel to Darfield in the Yorkshire Council Play-offs Supplementary semi-final.

Darfield defeated Hopton by seven wickets last week, so Scholes face a tough test having brushed aside Sandal in their quarter-final.

Liversedge are back in fifth place, eight points behind Scholes, and will be aiming to keep their fading promotion hopes alive with a win at East Leeds tomorrow.

Cleckheaton require two wins from their final three matches to clinch a first Bradford League Division One title in their history.

John Wood’s men have been the most consistent performers this season and deserve to hold a 27-point lead over nearest challengers Pudsey St Lawrence going into the final furlong.

Cleckheaton travel to Bradford & Bingley tomorrow, while Lawrence visit bottom side Saltaire.

Woodlands’ hopes of retaining the title are fading fast and they welcome Priestley Cup finalists Hanging Heaton to Albert Terrace, while East Bierley host second-bottom Baildon.

Spen Victoria will aim to keep their Division Two promotion hopes alive when they host Windhill.

Richard Gould smashed the Bradford League’s record individual score when Gomersal met Great Horton earlier in the season and he could be on for another run-fest in the return game at Oxford Road.