Scholes face key home fixture

Opening batsman Shoukat Ali top scored with 35 as Scholes were beaten at Townville last week and he has been among his side's best batsmen this season as they look to preserve their top flight status. Picture: Paul Butterfield
Opening batsman Shoukat Ali top scored with 35 as Scholes were beaten at Townville last week and he has been among his side's best batsmen this season as they look to preserve their top flight status. Picture: Paul Butterfield

Scholes face one of their biggest games of the season to date as they welcome fellow strugglers Bradford and Bingley to New Popplewell Lane in what could prove a key fixture in the Allrounder Bradford Premier League.

Scholes go into the weekend lying second-bottom but are just seven points behind Bingley and know victory would see them leapfrog their opponents and move out of the bottom two.

Shoukat Ali has been among Scholes best batsmen this season but his top score of 35 at Townville last week was not enough to prevent them slipping to an eight-wicket defeat.

Scholes will now look to bounce back against a Bingley side who have suffered heavy defeats against title challengers Methley, Pudsey St Lawrence, New Farnley and Hanging Heaton in their last four outings.

East Bierley are rooted to the foot of the table with just one win from their opening 12 matches and they are already 26 points adrift of Scholes and appear destined for the drop.

Bierley face a trip to reigning champions Hanging Heaton, who will be looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat at Woodlands.

Victory for Tim Jackson’s men means that just 25 points now separate the top six clubs in what is turning into an intriguing title race.

Woodlands occupy sixth spot but know victory at leaders New Farnley would shake the race up even further.

Cleckheaton produced a season’s best performance to earn a 56-run success over Farnley last week and they will look to back it up with another top performance as they travel to second placed Pudsey St Lawrence.

Hartshead Moor have slipped to third-bottom in Championship One and they entertain a resurgent Pudsey Congs, while mid-table Gomersal host an Ossett side who picked up their first win last week.