Woodlands looking to put rivals in spin

New captain Tim Jackson scored 60 on his Woodlands debut away to Scholes in Saturdays Bradford League game.
New captain Tim Jackson scored 60 on his Woodlands debut away to Scholes in Saturdays Bradford League game.

Woodlands play their first home match on a newly laid square when they welcome Hanging Heaton to Albert Terrace on Saturday.

The six-time top flight winners carried out extensive ground work during the winter and the newly laid square gets its first serious test in a tasty All-Rounder Bradford Premier Division game.

Woodlands’ new captain Tim Jackson made a winning start with a 126-run success at Scholes last week, while Hanging Heaton also picked up maximum points against Farsley.

Woodlands secretary Brian Pearson said: “We are trying to achieve a spin-attack, with our pitch being re-laid and in the first couple of years, it will probably suit the spinners rather than the quickies.

“We have brought in Kez Ahmed and the spinners got eight out of 10 wickets last Saturday, while the rest of the team looks balanced.

“Tim Jackson coming in sets us up for the future and from the club’s perspective, the captain is an important conduit for the future and he brings stability to the top of the order as well.

“After endeavouring to strengthen the top four with Jackson and Atkinson, there was evidence that is going to work and they set the innings up on a difficult wicket.”

Cleckheaton had an impressive three-wicket win in a high scoring game at Lightcliffe and host promoted Morley in their first home game.

East Bierley bid to bounce back from an opening day defeat at Morley when they host Bradford and Bingley, while Scholes travel to Lightcliffe.

Liversedge began their Championship A campaign with victory at Ossett and travel to Keighley this week.

Gomersal and Spen Victoria face home Championship B games against Altofts and Brighouse respectively, while Hartshead Moor travel to Bowling Old Lane.