Title rivals prepared for cracking derby contest

Andy Gorrod hit 71 in Cleckheaton's terrific Division One victory over Pudsey St Lawrence last Satutrday.
Andy Gorrod hit 71 in Cleckheaton's terrific Division One victory over Pudsey St Lawrence last Satutrday.
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Woodlands welcome local rivals Cleckheaton to Albert Terrace tomorrow as the top two sides in JCT600 Bradford League Division One clash.

A cracking contest is in prospect as two of the strongest sides in Yorkshire club cricket go head to head with crucial championship points at stake.

Andy Gorrod hit 71 as Cleckheaton defeated another title hopeful, Pudsey St Lawrence, last Saturday and the opening batsman has passed 300 league runs in his first season at Moorend.

Cleck will be without opening bowler Iain Wardlaw, who has been playing for Scotland against the Netherlands in a One Day International series this week.

However, Ian Wood could be in line to return for the champions following a knee operation.

Woodlands are 12 points behind Cleckheaton going into the game but know victory is likely to see them take over from their rivals at the top of the table.

Logan Weston’s half-century in Woodlands’ victory over Lightcliffe took him to 213 league runs and he will look to continue his good form.

East Bierley have slipped to within two points of the first division relegation zone following last week’s agonising one-run defeat to fellow strugglers Pudsey Congs.

Bierley face a tough game at home to Pudsey St Lawrence, looking to bounce back from their defeat at Cleckheaton.

Hartshead Moor will look to continue their good run, which saw them win both games over the double weekend, and Will Smith’s side will aim for a quickfire treble when they entertain local rivals Brighouse.

Gomersal had mixed fortunes over the weekend and are just one place and four points behind Hartshead Moor and they can climb the table with victory over fourth-placed Baildon.