Woodlands embark on Champions Trophy trail

east bierley v woodlands woodlands pieter swanepoel
east bierley v woodlands woodlands pieter swanepoel

Woodlands embark on the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions trail on Sunday when they travel to holders Whitley Hall for what should be a cracking contest.

Woodlands lifted the trophy in 2006 and 2007 but that was the last time a Bradford League side triumphed and Pieter Swanepoel’s men have been handed arguably the toughest possible draw.

South Yorkshire side Whitley Hall defeated Wrenthorpe in the last two finals and will be determined to bag a hat-trick of successes but find Woodlands in terrific form having moved top of Bradford League Division One with six wins from their opening seven matches.

Swanepoel takes his Woodlands side to Morley tomorrow aiming to maintain their 13 point lead over second placed Cleckheaton, who cashed in on a very profitable Bank Holiday weekend by beating Morley and local rivals East Bierley.

Cleckheaton face a tasty game at home to Lightcliffe tomorrow aiming to keep pressure on the leaders.

The key to Cleckheaton climbing the table is that several players are all making key contributions.

Jimmy Lee made 31 and 56 not out, while taking four wickets over the double weekend, Tim Jackson made 82 in Monday’s win over East Bierley, while John Wood closed to within nine runs of reaching 5,000 in the Bradford League.

East Bierley were without several key players over the weekend and have slipped to seventh following defeats to the top two.

They will hope to make a winning return but face another stern test away to Manningham Mills.

There is a Division Two derby when Hartshead Moor make the short trip to Gomersal, while in-form Spen Victoria, who have moved up to third place, are at Keighley.