Bierley and Woodlands in top-two clash

EAST Bierley have hit top form ahead of tomorrow’s top-of-the-table clash against champions Woodlands in Bradford League Division One.

Bierley beat the weather and recorded a 59-run victory away to Hanging Heaton last Saturday to climb up to second in the table.

Lee Goddard’s men are still 34 points adrift of Woodlands but if they can inflict a first league defeat on the Oakenshaw side it would throw the title race wide open.

Bierley’s win at Bennett Lane owed much to the batting displays of Goddard (68) and Andrew Rennison (85) in a game which produced a staggering 30 sixes, despite being reduced to 29 overs a side.

Bierley and Woodlands both progressed to the Priestley Cup semi-finals with victories last Sunday, so tomorrow’s clash is a real battle of the form sides in the division.

Former Scotland captain Gavin Hamilton is having a benefit season at Bierley, who will stage a Twenty20 game against Yorkshire on Sunday July 1 (start 2pm).

Entry will be £3 adults and £1.50 concessions and there will also be auctions and raffles run on the day.

Cleckheaton go in search of a fourth win tomorrow when they travel to Bradford and Bingley, who are just one place above them in the table.

Victory for John Wood’s Moorenders would lift them into the top four, which seemed unthinkable a few weeks ago after Cleckheaton lost their opening three matches.

Gomersal will be aiming to get back into the Division Two promotion race when they entertain bottom side Brighouse, Hartshead Moor travel to high flying Morley, while Spen Victoria face a trip to Windhill.

Scholes and Liversedge are languishing in mid-table of Central Yorkshire League Division One.

Scholes go in search of a third league win tomorrow when they entertain second-bottom Wakefield Thornes A, while Liversedge travel to joint leaders Ossett, who have lost just one of their opening seven games.