Cleckheaton hope to close on pace setters

Richard Ferry hits out during Hartshead Moor's Bradford League game against Wrenthorpe last Saturday.
Richard Ferry hits out during Hartshead Moor's Bradford League game against Wrenthorpe last Saturday.

Cleckheaton will aim to close the gap on the All Rounder Bradford Premier League pace setters when they travel to Farsley on Saturday.

With leaders Pudsey St Lawrence meeting second placed Hanging Heaton at Tofts Road, Cleckheaton will climb at least a place with victory at Farsley.

John Wood’s side bounced back from defeat to Bradford & Bingley by beating New Farnley last Saturday, before progressing to the second round of the Priestley Cup against Altofts.

East Bierley face a tough test as they bid to pick up a first win of the season when they entertain local rivals Woodlands.

The Oakenshaw side bounced back from successive defeats with a 183-run victory over Pudsey Congs last week as they racked up a season’s best total of 313-8.

Bierley have lost all four games but showed signs of improvement when they made 268-8 in a 12-run defeat to Farsley last week when Fahid Rehman led the way with 93.

Scholes travel to Pudsey Congs also aiming for a first win in the top flight but they will be buoyed by last Sunday’s Priestley Cup win over Morley, which sees them into the hat for tonight’s second round draw.

Hartshead Moor will target their first win of the season in Championship B when they make the short trip to Spen Victoria.

Moor have lost their opening four league games and suffered a Priestley Cup first round defeat to Lightcliffe last Sunday.

Hartshead’s batting has been the main problem as they have picked up only three bonus points and were bowled out for just 48 against Wrenthorpe last Sunday.

Spen go into the derby lying eighth and will be keen to pick up a second win as they look to climb the table.

They had overseas player Nick Montgomery in form with bat and ball in last week’s defeat to Methley.

Gomersal have made an impressive start to their Championship B campaign with three wins from their opening four matches.

A test of Gomersal’s promotion credentials comes when they travel to a Methley side who are just one place and one point above them.

South African Samuel Mofokeng looks like being a key figure for former Central Yorkshire League champions Methley this season.

Liversedge host Idle in Championship A, while Conference high fliers Heckmondwike and Carlinghow look to extend their fine start against Wakefield St Michael’s.