Cleck can close in on high fliers

CLECKHEATON will be aiming to pile pressure on the top three sides in Bradford League Division One tomorrow when they welcome Pudsey St Lawrence to Moorend.

Friday, 13th July 2012, 9:10 am

Cleckheaton lost their opening three matches of the season, including a 47-run setback to Lawrence at the beginning of May.

Since then John Wood’s men have won all four games, have beaten the awful weather and they have climbed up to fourth.

Cleck came within a whisker of becoming the first team to beat leaders Woodlands last Saturday but rain thwarted their efforts when they needed just two wickets to complete the victory.

Captain Wood cracked 82 and Tim Jackson 58 as Cleckheaton earlier racked up 229-9 from 42 overs and they claimed 14 points.

The Moorenders are now 22 points behind second-placed St Lawrence and a further 25 adrift of Woodlands and while making up the deficit to clinch a first Division One title may be beyond them, Cleck have proved they can compete with the leading lights.

Woodlands will be aiming to keep hold of their healthy lead at the top and extend their unbeaten run to 12 matches when they travel to Hanging Heaton tomorrow.

The Oakenshaw side are chasing a Bradford League double and travel to East Bierley on Sunday July 22 aiming to book a place in the Priestley Cup final.

It should be a cracking game as Bierley are third in the table and they too will be looking make up ground on the top two when they travel to Bradford & Bingley.

There is another packed programme in Division Two, with a third consecutive double league weekend planned, if clubs can beat the weather.

Already this season 104 Bradford League matches have been abandoned, compared with just 10 across all four divisions in the whole of last year.

Hartshead Moor could break into the top-two tomorrow when they welcome second placed Baildon to Highmoor Lane in what should be an intriguing contest.

It is an important weekend as Hartshead bid for promotion and they travel to fifth placed Great Horton on Sunday.

Gomersal were the only side to play last Sunday but although Richard Gould hit a marvellous 130, they were denied victory over Idle when rain intervened.

Gomersal are sixth but just 11 points off Baildon and they entertain lowly Bowling Old Lane tomorrow before facing a return trip to second-bottom Idle on Sunday.

Spen Victoria will be aiming to climb the table when they travel to bottom side Brighouse, while they sit out Sunday’s matches.

Scholes can pull clear of the Central Yorkshire League Division One relegation zone when they travel to second-bottom Methley A tomorrow, while mid-table Liversedge will also be looking for a boost when they host basement side Wakefield Thornes A.