Sam Frankland was in fine form on Saturday as he scored his 2nd ton of the season. In a match where Woodlands won the toss and batted first, Sam took full advantage as he helped the visitors to 201-9 in their 50 overs. In reply, the the home team, with the majority of their runs scored by skipper James Smith (68) and opener Adam Waite (89*) also finished on 201 (for the loss of 7 wickets) to see the game finish as a tie. Stand out performer with the ball for Woodlands was once again Sarfraz Ahmed who took 4 wickets from his 15 overs.
Congratulations go to Cleckheaton who, this weekend, secured the league title for the second year in a row.
At Albert Terrace, Woodlands 2nd XI lost out by just 2 runs against Bradford & Bingley. The visitors batted first and after a slow start, scored at a pace in the last 10 overs to reach 216-7. Woodlands couldn't quite get over the line with their reply, falling just short of the target set. Tom Clee top scored for the home side with 53.
The junior players show off their new shirts (left) and a close up of the sponsor's
Sam Frankland scored his 2nd century of the season this weekend when the1st XI played Pudsey St Lawrence at Tofts Road.
Woodlands junior team were today trying out their kit for next season. The kit is very kindly sponsored by ELG who are a long established company with a great reputation within the lighting industry. They are a major Lamp, Lighting and Control Gear supplier to the Wholesale, Retail, Commercial, Entertainment, and Export sectors. As you can see from the photo, the squad were very pleased with their new shirts, proudly showing off the sponsors logo.
Woodlands 1st XI travel to the home of newly crowned Priestley Cup champions Pudsey St Lawrence for tomorrow's JCT600 Bradford League division 1 fixture. The 1st XI will be keen on getting a win against a team who beat them twIce in a weekend earlier in the season.
Back in June, St Lawrence were the 1st team to beat Woodlands in the league this season. The following day they were back at Albert Terrace to claim another win, this time in the Priestley Cup.
At that point of the season, the title race was very much a 3 way tussle between ourselves, Cleckheaton and Pudsey St Lawrence but some indifferent league form in the last few weeks has seen St Lawrence just drop away a little to their current 5th place.
Last weekends Priestley Cup victory however, gave everyone a reminder of just what a strong team they are and tomorrows game at Tofts Road is sure to be one of the toughest of the season.
Woodlands 2nd XI are still in with a shout at the top of the 2nd teams 1st division and will be looking for a victory against Bradford & Bingley tomorrow to apply pressure on leaders New Farnley. When the 2 sides met at Wagon Lane earlier in the year, Bradford & Bingley ran out winners thanks in large to a Richard McCarthy century. It is the last home fixture of the season for the 2nd XI and as usual it starts at 1pm.
Woodlands were comprehensively beaten by Pudsey Congs this evening in what turned out to be a one sided affair at Wagon Lane! Pudsey won the toss and chose to bat first. They got off to a flying start and never looked back with opener Callum Geldart scoring a magnificent 114 from 54 deliveries as well as a great knock from fellow opener Adam Patel who added 77 to the opening partnership of 198! Congs finished with a total of 252/4 and it looked a tall order for Woodlands to say the least!
In reply Duncan Snell scored a half century but Woodlands were never up with the required rate and the game was over as a contest long before their innings finished on 187/7. Congratulations to Pudsey Congs on their deserved victory and 2nd trophy of the season.
Both teams face East Bierley tomorrow, with the 1st XI at Albert Terrace for the 2nd weekend running and the 2nd XI at South View Road. As well as facing the same opponents, both teams are looking to win for the 3rd match in succession.
East Bierley 1st XI have had a difficult season and have been flirting with relegation most of the season. They have though, in the last couple of weeks, managed to open up a bit of a gap at the bottom. Last Saturday saw them beat their closest rivals in the relegation battle (Morley) while the weekend before they pulled off a great win at home to league leaders Cleckheaton.
Weather permitting, both games start at 1pm and as always, we would love to see anyone who wants to come along and support the boys.
Today saw both senior teams register wins. The 1st XI ran out winners by 88 runs at Albert Terrace against Bradford & Bingley. Put into bat by the visitors, the home side made slow but steady progress until Sarfraz Ahmed came to the crease. Saffy went into overdrive, scoring 61 from just 27 deliveries, including 5 sixes and 4 fours to push Woodlands well past the 200 mark which had looked a long way off not so long before.
In reply, Bradford & Bingley were up against it straight away, losing opener Scott Etherington first ball and then a further 3 wickets with only 24 on the board. Visiting skipper David Clow (23), together with Chris Thompson (31) offered some resistance but in truth, getting off to such a poor start meant it was always a bridge too far and they were dismissed for 133 from 36.4 overs.
The 2nd XI took a maximum 20 league points for the fourth time in nine matches with victory over Keighley. Tom Clee (99) fell just short of a century for the second time this season as he pushed to ensure his team collected maximum batting points. Joe Bowman (46) gave solid support as the visitors posted 226-5. Keighley fought hard and a couple of decent partnerships kept the game alive but Woodlands seemed to always get the wickets just when required and the home team were all out for 179, the penultimate wicket seeing Rob Medcalf take a superb catch off the bowling of young Alex Kennedy and the innings was wrapped up by pick of the bowlers, Jack Baldwin (4-34).
Today the ground gang tackled the conifer hedge along the road side which had grown too thick and was causing problems for large vehicles to pass by. Bob is wielding David's extended hedge trimmer whilst Graeme provides the necessary stability.
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Woodlands 1st XI won what looked on paper to be a very tricky fixture away to Farsley. Simon Mason & Logan Weston top scored for the visitors to help post a score of 245-8 after they won the toss and chose to bat first. Farsley in response, battled hard with Joe Sayers and Ian Philliskirk leading the chase but they found it hard to match the required rate and in the end fell short by 33 runs.
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At HQ, Woodlands 2nd XI ran out winners in a low scoring but exciting game against Farsley 2nd XI. Tom Clee top scored with 39, backed up well by Zubayr Karolia (25) and Liam Collins (24). In the field, Liam Collins grabbed his 2nd six wicket haul in three weeks as the visitors couldn't quite get over the finishing line.
Farsley are the next opponents for both Woodlands senior teams in this weekend's JCT600 Bradford League fixtures. The 1st XI are in action at Farsley's Red Lane ground. Woodlands ran out winners by 73 runs in a low scoring game between the 2 sides at Albert Terrace back in May, largely thanks to all rounder Chris Brice, who first scored a half century and then followed it up by taking 6 wickets for 16 runs.
Farsley though have had a good season and lie just one place & nine points below Woodlands in the league table so Saturday's game has all the ingredients to be a cracker.
Woodlands 2nd XI will be looking to put in an improved performance compared to the reverse fixture earlier in the season when they were easily beaten by Farsley by a margin of 6 wickets. That however was in the middle of a dreadful run of results for Woodlands 2nd XI and they have been much improved in recent weeks, having lost only one game in the last seven. The action begins at 1pm in both games and with the weather forecast looking good, why not come along to one of the games to support the teams.
This afternoon, In a match reduced to 38 overs per team due to a rain delayed start, New Farnley came out winners in a tight finish at Albert Terrace. Woodlands won the toss and put the visitors in to bat. 4 wickets each for Sarfraz Ahmed & Chris Brice helped restrict New Farnley to 139-9. The home side, in reply, never really got out of second gear though and until a well constructed 41 from Usman Salim put them back in the game they looked like they would fall well short of the target. Sarfraz Ahmed then hit a quick fire 20, including a couple of trademark sixes to make it a tense finale but the visitors held their nerve and hung on for the win.
In the 2nd team game at New Farnley's Barry Jackson ground, there was an even closer match. Woodlands were put in to bat and made 200-6 from their 43 overs with Nick Ward (43), Liam Collins (38) and Joe Bowman (34*) the main contributors. In reply New Farnley were reduced to 91-6 before a battling 77 from Michael O'Halleron dragged the home side back into the game and with one delivery remaining they needed 3 to win. They could only manage 2 though and the game ended up all square.