Woodlands and Scholes aiming to reach Priestley Cup semis

Sarfraz Ahmed bids to steer Woodlands into the Priestley Cup semi-finals in his 16th season with the club.
Sarfraz Ahmed bids to steer Woodlands into the Priestley Cup semi-finals in his 16th season with the club.
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Woodlands and Scholes will be bidding to reach the Bradford League’s Priestley Cup semi-finals when they face home ties this Sunday.

Woodlands overcame neighbours Cleckheaton on a bowl-out after rain interrupted last week’s rearranged second round tie to set up a quarter-final against Championship side Baildon.

Woodlands’ Bradford Premier League form has been somewhat inconsistent and they are lying back in fifth place but 62 points adrift of leaders Pudsey St Lawrence.

Woodlands veteran overseas pace bowler Sarfraz Ahmed is in his final season with the club after a staggering career which has seen him return for the last 16 seasons and it would be fitting if he was to bow out in the showpiece final.

Scholes are bottom of the table but were unlucky to lose by one-wicket against New Farnley last Saturday before booking their place in the last eight of the cup with victory over Yeadon.

Scholes now meet Lightcliffe knowing another win would see them into the prestigious competition’s last four for the first time.

Woodlands entertain Lightcliffe in the Bradford Premier League on Saturday, while Scholes will aim to climb off the foot of the table when they host Farsley.

East Bierley travel to local rivals Cleckheaton buoyed by recent results which has seen them climb out of the relegation zone.

There is also a tasty derby clash in Championship A when Liversedge make the short trip to Birstall.

Spen Victoria become the latest side to attempt to halt Townville’s charge to the Championship B title when they travel to the runaway leaders, while Gomersal travel to Carlton and bottom side Hartshead Moor host Bankfoot.