Cleckheaton bid to oust Woodlands in tasty cup tie

ben tootell heckmondwike & carlinghow
ben tootell heckmondwike & carlinghow

THERE is the prospect of two mouthwatering Priestley Cup ties on Sunday with a trio of local sides bidding to reach the semi-finals (start 1pm).

Arguably the tie with the most local interest will come at Moorend, where Cleckheaton play host to near neighbours Woodlands.

Cleckheaton go into this weekend’s matches on the back of their best display of the season, having beaten fellow quarter-finalists East Bierley by 56 runs last Saturday, but they face a huge task if they are to overcome new Bradford League first division leaders Woodlands.

The sides met a fortnight ago when Woodlands recorded a 37-run victory.

Woodlands will be aiming to consolidate their place at the top of Division One when they travel to Undercliffe tomorrow (1.30pm), while Cleckheaton warm-up for the cup-tie at home to Farsley.

East Bierley have produced their best cricket in the cups this season and having already reached the group final of the ECB national competition, they will be aiming to reach the semi-finals of the Priestley when holders Bradford & Bingley visit South View Road on Sunday.

The two sides also meet tomorrow when Bierley will be looking for vital league points when they travel to Wagon Lane.

Last week’s defeat to Cleckheaton, saw Bierley slip to third-bottom in the table, but bizarrely they are just 35 points off the top.

Gomersal now prop up the table and have the prospect of welcoming former junior Mark Lawson back to Oxford Road as they entertain Hanging Heaton in a rehearsal for the Heavy Woollen Cup semi-final on Sunday July 3.

Spen Victoria have won four and lost five of their nine matches in Division Two but will be looking to climb from 10th place when they travel to bottom side Windhill.

Hartshead Moor, who are just above Spen in ninth, sit out tomorrow’s matches.

Three second teams will be bidding to reach the Priestley Shield semi-finals on Sunday but all face away ties as Hartshead travel to Yeadon, Cleckheaton go to Pudsey Congs and Gomersal head for Baildon.

Liversedge and Scholes sit pretty at the top of their respective Central Yorkshire League divisions.

Liversedge continue to lead Carlton on the net runs per wicket ratio but they will be looking to steal a march when they travel to Methley A looking to record an eighth win of the season in the 10th week of competition.

Scholes go into tomorrow’s Division Two clash at home to Townville A on the back of a terrific win over title rivals Hopton Mills and they will be looking to consolidate their pole position in what is a very tight section which sees six points separate the top six sides.