Woodlands eye first HW Final in 10 years

Woodlands aim to reach their first Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup final in a decade when they face holders Pudsey Congs in Sunday’s semi-final.

Woodlands won the trophy for the only time in 2004 and were beaten finalists in both 1999 and 2005 but have not featured in the showpiece finale since.

Congs won the trophy for the first time in it’s 132 history last season, when they defeated Townville in the final at Spen Victoria.

Congs will be keen to keep hold of the trophy and have called on the services of veteran slow bowler and now Bradford League umpire Glenn Roberts in the last two rounds.

Townville will be bidding to reach a second success Heavy Woollen final when they host Hoylandswaine in the other semi on Sunday.

Woodlands are firing on two fronts as they have closed the gap on Bradford League Division One leaders Pudsey Congs to just four points.

St Lawrence have seen a 28-point lead whittled down as they have suffered three straight defeats and Pieter Swanepoel’s host third placed Hanging Heaton to Oakenshaw tomorrow for what will be a key game in the title race.

Woodlands paceman Elliot Richardson has qualified for the Top Gun final for a second successive year.

He was second last season as the Yorkshire Cricket Board aim to find the county’s quickest club bowler.

Richardson bowled two deliveries of 80mph in Tuesday’s semi-final, held at Headingley during the Yorkshire v Worcestershire T20 match.

He now returns to Headingley for the Top Gun Final, which will be held during the England v Australia One Day International in September.

Cleckheaton aim to keep the pressure on the leading trio when they host Farsley, while East Bierley travel to New Farnley.

Scholes face a key derby in the Division Two promotion race tomorrow when they entertain Spen Victoria.

Scholes’ nerve wracking two-wicket win over Idle last week keeps them four points behind leaders Morley and 14 ahead of third placed Baildon having played a game more than their promotion rivals.

Next weekend looks like being key to the Scholes promotion bid as they travel to Baildon on Saturday and sit out Sunday’s round of matches.

Hartshead Moor will look to pull clear of the bottom two sides, who face re-election to the league at the end of the season, when they travel to Bankfoot tomorrow with the home side a place above them.