Tomorrow sees current Bradford League champions Cleckheaton visit Albert Terrace for a mouthwatering top of the table clash as Woodlands look to return to the top spot at the expense of the visitors. The teams fought out a thrilling tied match at Moorend in April with 2 wickets in 2 deliveries for Sarfraz Ahmed saving the game for Woodlands in the last over of the day.
Cleckheaton have been in fine form so far this season, with the tied game against Woodlands & a loss at Pudsey St Lawrence the only blemishes on their record. With a batting line up that can boast 4 players in the top 20 of the batting averages at the half way stage of the season, Cleckheaton look every part the "real deal" and Woodlands know they will have to be at their very best for this eagerly awaited game.
The action starts at 1.00pm and with the weather forecasters promising any rain will have cleared the area before lunchtime the afternoon promises to be a great clash between these 2 local rivals.
Skipper Steven Pearson takes his rejuvenated 2nd XI to Hanging Heaton tomorrow as they look for a 3rd win on the bounce. Having gone through a sticky patch a few weeks ago they seem to be running into form now and with big knocks from Tom Clee & Jim Hardcastle in the last 2 weeks they will travel to Hanging Heaton in confident mood. The home side however, sit just above Woodlands on the league ladder & will themselves be looking to push on towards the top end of the table.
Overseas players Kashif Naveed and Sarfraz Ahmed help in drying up.
The league leaders Cleckheaton slipped up at home to in-form Pudsey Congs but Woodlands 1st XI failed to take advantage as they were beaten in a high scoring affair at Bennett Lane. Duncan Snell (84) & Logan Weson (83) both hit big scores but it was not quite enough as the home team won by 19 runs. Click here for match report.
Woodlands 2nd XI meanwhile, had an emphatic win, at home to bottom of the league Baildon. Woodlands won the toss and posted 272-5 from their 50 overs with scores of 78 for Elliot Richardson and 72* for Nick Ward. The 2nd innings lasted only 15.4 overs with Elliot bowling superbly. His figures of 6 wickets 11 runs from 7 overs included a hat-trick which ripped apart the visitors top order.
Current Bradford League champions Cleckheaton looked every bit as good as their league position suggests as they claimed a 21 run win this afternoon at Albert Terrace. Having won the toss & choosing to bat, Cleck got off to slow start, losing a couple of early wickets before a Tim Jackson and Ian Nicholson partnership of 104 changed the pace of the innings. A further half century by Tazeel Altaf helped Cleckheaton post what always looked like a challenging total for the home side to chase.
The reply didn't start well with the early loss of Sam Frankland as Cleckheaton made the home side work hard for every run. Simon Mason battled hard and eventually reached his half century but saw partners come & go at the opposite end. A late flurry of runs from Chris Brice & Pieter Swanepoel carried Woodlands past the 200 mark but in truth nobody could deny Cleckheaton deserved the win.
Click here for match report.
Bad news too for the 2nd XI who were on the wrong end of a heavy defeat at Hanging Heaton. Joe Bowman top scored for Woodlands with 39 but they only managed a total of 154 from 40 overs. The home team needed just 36.3 overs as they won the match for the loss of just three wickets, Nabeel Hafeez finishing unbeaten on 78*.
With no play last weekend due to the rain, tomorrow sees both teams back in action against Pudsey Congs. The 1st XI are away tomorrow against a side bang in form at the moment and looking forward to next weekend's Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup final. They won't be thinking about that game just yet though and are sure to provide a stern test. Likewise, the Congs 2nd XI who visit Albert Terrace sitting proudly on top of the league. The action starts at 1.00pm and for once, the weather is set fair!
Due to holidays this website will not be updated again until 2nd August but you can keep up to date with results as usual via the excellent Bradford League website www.bradfordcl.com.
Another Saturday - another wet cricket field.
This weekend sees Morley as the opponents for both our senior teams as their 1st XI visit Albert Terrace while our 2nd XI travel in the opposite direction to Morley's Scatcherd Lane ground. Thunderstorms are forecast for the area on Saturday which may lead to a frustrating afternoon for all concerned but, if we avoid the rain, Duncan Snell (pictured below) will be looking to maintain his recent good form with the bat and hopefully help Woodlands
1st XI get back to winning ways in the league. Duncan scored a magnificent 94*
in Tuesday evening's T/20 game at home to Lightcliffe to add the 84 he scored at
Hanging Heaton last Saturday.
This Saturday Woodlands 1st XI travel to face Hanging Heaton looking for a positive result to help keep some pressure on league leaders Cleckheaton. 'Cleck' now hold a 24 point lead at the top after victory at Albert Terrace last week but will be aware that any slip could see Woodlands close the gap. This weekend's opponents, Hanging Heaton, could play a vital role in deciding where the league title ends up come September with Cleckheaton and 3rd place Pudsey St Lawrence also to visit Bennett Lane before the end of the season.
2nd XI action tomorrow sees Baildon visit Woodlands with a 1pm start. In the first game of this season a Seven wicket haul for Elliot Richardson at Jenny Lane helped Woodlands get the season off to a winning start and they will be hoping to repeat the result tomorrow to get back to winning ways.
After being almost washed away last year, we were blessed with a perfect evening for today's annual golf competition of the Woodlands C.C. Former Players and Supporters Association. Organised by club Vice-President Richard Tiffany, the event was held as usual at South Bradford Golf Club with the players enjoying the traditional pie and pea supper back at Woodlands. We have a new name on the trophy this year as Richard Priestley just pipped Ernest Tiffany on count-back after they had tied with 18 points each in the Stableford event. Thanks to Stobarts (Bradford) Limited who, as usual, provided the pies, to Gillian Tordoff for serving them and to Bill Wallis who once again provided prizes for the winner and runner-up.
In the 2nd XI 1st division, Morley lie in 2nd place, just one point behind leaders New Farnley. This will
provide a very stern test for Woodlands who, despite a set back at Hanging Heaton a fortnight ago, will go into the game with the confidence of knowing they have taken a maximum 20 league points in 3 of their last 4 matches. It should make for a cracking match. The action for both games starts, as usual, at 1.00pm and fingers crossed we avoid the wet stuff!
Morley lie in 10th position at the moment but will be keen to pick up points to stay out of the bottom 2.
Morley's main threat with the bat is Matthew West who scored 67 in last weekends narrow home defeat at the hands of New Farnley. He will receive strong back up in the shape of Kashif Naveed, Morley's
Overseas all-rounder, who tops their bowling averages so far this term.
Tuesday night saw Woodlands beat Lightcliffe at Albert Terrace to make it through to the semi finals of the Dyson Energy Services Twenty/20 cup. Some big hitting, chiefly from Duncan Snell (94*) and Sarfraz Ahmed (41*) saw the home side post a challenging 226-4. In reply Lightcliife fell 62 runs short, managing only 164-8 with Elliot Richardson carrying on his fine form from the weekend with figures of 3-36. Woodlands will now play Hanging Heaton later this month for a place in the final.
The weather was not in forgiving mood today as both the 1st XI and 2nd XI games were washed out. The heavy rain was set in for most of the day and and no play was possible. A couple of Bradford league games did get started but none were able to be played to a finish.
Richard Priestley (right) being presented with the trophy and prize by Richard Tiffany.