Woodlands gear up to face Saints

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WOODLANDS are gearing up for a cracking weekend of league and cup cricket which will see them lock horns twice with Pudsey St Lawrence.

Woodlands won both games in Bradford League Division One and have progressed in both the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy and Heavy Woollen Cup.

The Saints have also won both their league matches and are just a point behind the champions.

Woodlands entertain Pudsey in the league tomorrow before going to Tofts Road in the Priestley Cup second round on Sunday.

Woodlands won a thrilling derby against Cleckheaton last Saturday when they edged a four-run success in a game that produced 430 runs at Moorend.

Yorkshire bowler Iain Wardlaw turned out for Cleckheaton against Woodlands and claimed 4-58 but he is unavailable for tomorrow’s Division One fixture at home to Undercliffe due to his county commitments.

Gomersal and Hartshead Moor will be aiming to produce Priestley Cup upsets on Sunday.

Gomersal, who were relegated last season, have signalled their intentions to bounce straight back by winning their opening two games in Division Two and they welcome East Bierley to Oxford Road.

They warm up for the cup clash with another tasty game tomorrow, against fellow unbeaten second division side Morley.

East Bierley have won one and lost one of their league games and they travel to Lightcliffe in Division One tomorrow.

Hartshead Moor face, perhaps, the toughest tie of the cup second round as they are preparing for a trip to Pudsey Congs.

Moor will also go in search of a first win in Division Two tomorrow when they entertain Windhill. Hartshead will hope they have found another overseas gem in Australian Jesse Van Rooye, who has already been among the wickets in their defeats to Baildon and Keighley.

Spen Victoria will also be firing on two fronts again this weekend, following their thrilling one-wicket Heavy Woollen Cup victory over Mirfield Parish Cavaliers last Sunday. Spen travel to Keighley in the league tomorrow before meeting fellow second division side Yeadon in the cup.

Liversedge are riding high at the top of Central Yorkshire League Division One with two maximum points wins.

Former Scholes and Birstall player Craig Wood has made an excellent start to the season and followed up his three wickets on the opening day of the season by scoring 60 and then claiming 5-39 as Sedge defeated Moorlands by 104 runs last Saturday.

Liversedge entertain Oulton tomorrow, while Scholes are also at home, to Hopton Mills.