Cleckheaton and Woodlands clash in tasty cup derby

East Bierley batsman Raheel Ahmed hits down the ground during his side's victory over Cleckheaton last Saturday. Picture: Paul Butterfield.
East Bierley batsman Raheel Ahmed hits down the ground during his side's victory over Cleckheaton last Saturday. Picture: Paul Butterfield.

Cleckheaton welcome neighbours Woodlands to Moorend in a tasty Priestley Cup derby second round clash on Sunday.

The rivals will be bidding to reach the quarter-finals of the Bradford Premier League’s top knock-out competition but both are currently in indifferent form.

Cleckheaton recorded an impressive five wicket league win over Woodlands a fortnight ago when in-form opening bowler Joshua Thurwell claimed 6-23.

Thurwell was among the wickets again last Saturday when he picked up 5-38, taking his tally to 15 in the last three games, but he was unable to prevent Mally Nicholson’s men slipping to a surprise defeat away to basement club East Bierley.

Woodlands bounced back from defeat to Cleckheaton when they overcame Scholes by 50 runs last Saturday when captain Tim Jackson (78), Cieran Garner (66) and left arm spinner Chris Brice (6-54) all hit form.

Woodlands are back in fifth place in the table, while Cleckheaton go into the weekend ninth, and the Priestley Cup offers both sides their best chance of silverware this season.

Woodlands kick off the weekend with a home game against East Bierley, who will be looking to build on their first win of the season before entertaining Lightliffe in the Priestley Cup on Sunday.

Bierley had Ibrar Younis in fine form as he claimed 5-29 and helped dismiss Cleckheaton for 84 to secure a 49-run win.

Bierley remain 19 points adrift of second-bottom Scholes, who welcome high flying Pudsey St Lawrence to New Popplewell Lane on Saturday.

Scholes have won two of their opening eight league matches since clinching promotion from Championship One last year but are 14 points behind Bradford and Bingley, who occupy third-bottom.

Liversedge will be vying to reach the Jack Hampshire Cup quarter-finals on Sunday when they welcome Jer Lane to Roberttown Lane.

The Jack Hampshire is now a competition for sides in the bottom two divisions of the Bradford League and Sunday’s contest should be intriguing as it sees a Liversedge side who are bottom of Championship Two taking on league new comers Jer Lane, who are enjoying a debut campaign and are currently top of the Conference section having won six of their opening seven matches.