Duo set for return as Cleckheaton face cup replay against Woodlands

East Bierley's Bjorn Taylor hit 69 in his side's victory over Pudsey Congs last week.
East Bierley's Bjorn Taylor hit 69 in his side's victory over Pudsey Congs last week.

Cleckheaton should have opening batsman Andy Gorrod and experienced Ian Nicholson available for this weekend’s double header.

The duo missed last week’s matches and Cleckheaton breathed a sigh of relief when Sunday’s Priestley Cup tie at neighbours Woodlands lasted just one over before rain led to the match being abandoned.

The sides will try again this Sunday and there is added incentive for both as the winners face a home quarter-final against Championship side Baildon, which provides a good chance to reach the last four.

Cleckheaton’s heavy defeat to champions Pudsey St Lawrence has all but ruled them out of winning the inaugural Bradford Premier League title, so the cup offers their best chance of silverware.

Woodlands moved up to third place in the Premier Division with a one-wicket win over New Farnley last week, although they remain 46 points behind leaders St Lawrence.

Woodlands face a tasty game at Farsley, who are just below them in the table, while Cleckheaton bid to bounce back when they travel to lowly Pudsey Congs, before Sunday’s cup derby.

Gomersal and Scholes also face cup replays on Sunday knowing victories will guarantee home quarter-finals.

Gomersal travel to fellow second tier outfit Undercliffe for what should be a keenly fought contest.

Gomersal had restricted Undercliffe to 169-9 and reached 16-0 from three overs in reply when last week’s original tie was abandoned.

The winners will entertain Pudsey St Lawrence or Wrenthorpe in the quarter-final and the chance to play in front of a large crowd against the Premier League leaders or promotion chasers.

Scholes face a tricky cup trip to Championship side Yeadon, with the winners to host Lightcliffe or Batley.

East Bierley travel to Lightcliffe on Saturday seeking a fourth victory in the All Rounder Bradford League Premier Division.

Bierley climbed out of the relegation zone thanks to last week’s 71-run win over fellow strugglers Pudsey Congs in which Bjorn Taylor made 69 not out before Awais Ejaz (4-52) and Tuseif Arshad (4-28) shone with the ball.

Bierley are fourth-bottom and looking to overhaul the likes of Bradford & Bingley and New Farnley in a bid to move into mid-table safety.

Scholes remain bottom of the table and face a tough trip to New Farnley.

Scholes lie 14 points behind Pudsey Congs but know a big win can soon close that gap and they will aim to spring a surprise.