Woodlands seek win at champions Saints

Cleckheatons new signing Sam Wilson sends down a delivery during last Saturdays game against Morley.
Cleckheatons new signing Sam Wilson sends down a delivery during last Saturdays game against Morley.

Woodlands travel to reigning Bradford League champions Pudsey St Lawrence in a mouth-watering Premier Division clash on Saturday.

Lawrence ended a 25-year wait to win the league’s top prize last season and have made a solid start to their title defence with two wins.

Woodlands were champions six times between 2005-2012 and are expected to be among the front runners to win the inaugural Bradford Premier League crown.

A battle of heavyweight opening batsmen Tim Jackson and Mark Robertshaw is one of several intriguing head to heads.

Woodlands are also involved in the pick of the Heavy Woollen Cup second round ties on Sunday when they travel to New Farnley.

Farnley lost their opening game away to St Lawrence and saw last week’s trip to Pudsey Congs abandoned without a ball being bowled and they entertain an East Bierley side who have lost both of their league encounters so far.

Cleckheaton, who along with St Lawrence and Hanging Heaton have won both of their opening games, will aim to make it three on the spin when they travel to Bradford and Bingley.

Liversedge won their opening Championship A game of the season at Ossett only to see their progress halted by last week’s abandonment at Keighley.

Liversedge play their first home game of the season on Saturday against a Baildon side who have had the misfortune of not taking to the field so far.

Hartshead Moor will bid to get off the mark when they travel to Hopton Mills in Championship B, with both sides having lost their opening two games.

Spen Victoria host Bankfoot, who have won their opening two games, while Gomersal are away to Brighouse.