Gomersal target Woodlands cup upset

Ishfaq Ahmad struck 63 from 52 balls as Woodlands earned victory at Townville in the Bradford Premier League last Saturday, Picture: Paul Butterfield.
Ishfaq Ahmad struck 63 from 52 balls as Woodlands earned victory at Townville in the Bradford Premier League last Saturday, Picture: Paul Butterfield.

Gomersal will be aiming to spring a major upset when they welcome Woodlands to Oxford Road in Sunday’s Priestley Cup quarter-final.

Graham Hilton’s men have slipped back to fifth place in Bradford League Championship One following defeat in a high scoring encounter with Pudsey Congs last week but will be aiming to cause a shock when Premier Division big guns Woodlands visit.

The have some experienced campaigners in their ranks including Hilton and Micky Hutchins and with the likes of Liam Thomas and hard-hitting middle order batsman Jack Seddon have the capabilities to spring an upset but will need all their big guns to fire.

Woodlands lifted the Priestley Cup in 2006, defeating much-fancied Pudsey St Lawrence in the final, and will see this competition as their best chance of silverware this season.

The Oakenshaw side currently lie fifth as the Premier Division season approaches halfway.

They earned an impressive win away at Townville last week when Ishfaq Ahmad made 63 and captain Tim Jackson 72 in their total of 272-4, which was the platform for a 22-run success.

Woodlands travel to Farsley for a key Premier Division game on Saturday with the Red Lane men lying just a place above them in the league standings.

Scholes recorded a crucial win over local rivals East Bierley last Saturday to give their hopes of avoiding relegation a real boost.

Scholes are now level on 81 points with third-bottom Bradford and Bingley ahead of a tough game at home to Methley.

The two sides were promoted from Championship One last season and were due to meet at Little Church Lane on the opening day of the campaign but the poor April weather saw that match put back to Sunday August 19.

Methley have adapted well to life in the top flight and lie sixth in the table and have already taken a couple of notable scalps in champions Hanging Heaton and Pudsey St Lawrence.

Defeat to Scholes has left East Bierley 27 points adrift at the foot of the table ahead of a trip to Townville.

Cleckheaton have suffered indifferent form and are back in ninth place with four wins and six defeats from their opening 10 matches and are 24 points clear of Bingley and Scholes as they welcome Hanging Heaton to Moorend.