Top batsmen to clash as Cleckheaton host Saints

Cleckheaton opening batsman Tim Jackson scored over 1,000 Bradford League runs last season.

Cleckheaton opening batsman Tim Jackson scored over 1,000 Bradford League runs last season.

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Cricket followers could be treated to a run fest tomorrow when two of the JCT600 Bradford League’s top batsmen clash at Moorend.

Cleckheaton are 11 points clear at the top of Division One at the halfway stage in the season and they entertain genuine contenders for their league title crown when Pudsey St Lawrence visit.

Lawrence are just 12 points behind Cleckheaton going into the mouthwatering clash, thanks to last week’s impressive maximum win over Hanging Heaton.

Mark Robertshaw, regarded as one of the best batsmen in the Bradford League, hit a splendid 158 not out for the Saints last week and he tops the league averages at the halfway mark.

Robertshaw, along with Cleckheaton’s Tim Jackson, both topped 1,000 league runs last season.

Jackson has scored 195 runs from six innings so far this term, compared to Robertshaw’s 554 in eight knocks and the Cleck opener will be determined to get a big score against one of his side’s title rivals.

Woodlands are second, 11 points off Cleck, and while they will have a keen eye on the events at Moorend, Pieter Swanepoel’s side have an important game at Lightcliffe.

East Bierley are just seven points above the relegation zone and they face a crucial trip to bottom side Pudsey Congs.

Hartshead Moor will aim to build on a terrific win over promotion chasing Baildon when they travel to Idle tomorrow before visiting Bowling Old Lane on Sunday as Division Two sides face a double weekend.

Spen Victoria will be looking to make home advantage count when they host second division leaders Undercliffe and Baildon, while Gomersal travel to Great Horton before entertaining Brighouse.