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Thursday 14th September 2017

Gala Weekend - Unclaimed Raffle Prizes & Thank you!

Sunday's gala day was moved largely indoors as the weather was not too kind, but everything still went ahead and thanks to having the sports hall, we managed to fit everything in!  Many thanks to all those who attended, voluteered or helped out in any way!

There were 2 unclaimed raffle prizes on the day - If you have white ticket 113 or white ticket 136, please call David on 07879 810234 to claim your prize.

Tuesday 29th August 2017

WCC Win Crowther Cup Thriler!

Woodlands beat New Farnley in a thriller at Scholes on Monday to lift the Crowther Cup for the 2nd time in 3 years...More to follow...

Photo courtesy of Ray Spencer

Thursday 7th September 2017

WCC Retain Priestley Shield!

There was more silverware for Woodlands at Methley Cricket Club on Sunday as WCC 2nd XI overcame Bowling Old Lane to retain the Priestley Shield.  This adds to the Crowther cup won a week earlier to make it a 2017 cup double for Woodlands 2nd XI.  Add to this the fact that they sit top of the league with one game to play - they could be celebrating an unprecedented treble come Saturday evening!

Thursday 7th September 2017

Gala Weekend!

This Sunday is our annual gala day which starts at 1pm and runs until 5pm.

There will be stalls, games, a bouncy castle,

a BBQ and refreshments.  The bar will also be open.

The dunk tank which was at last year's event will also be back - so if you didn't get to sit on the chair last year - now's your chance!!!

As in previous years, we are asking for donations for the tombola or perhaps a bottle of wine for the Whine or Wine stall - It's not too late - we will be accepting donations right up to the start time on Sunday so please help out if you can!

One final appeal for help is for anyone who likes to bake - we could still use more cakes for our cake stall - if you can bake something for us, we can collect it if you can't get it to the club - contact David Elam on 07879 810234.

Tuesday 29th August 2017

WCC Beaten At Townville

Woodlands 1st XI lost at Townville on Saturday while the 2nd XI beat Morley to move 2 points clear at the top...More To Follow...

Woodlands batted first on Sunday and in tricky conditions, got off to a decent start, putting on 33 for the first wicket.  Opener Liam Brearley stood firm at one end to make a hard earned 63 as the scoring rate stayed low.  Jack Carter (23) also contributed well but at one stage the cup holders looked like they would fall a way short of 200.  Kieran Collins (38*) however had other ideas and hit 3 fours and 2 sixes as he shared in 2 partnerships at the end of the innings with Rob Medcalf (15) and Josh Griffin (10*) to help send his team to tea having reached 205-7.

In reply, Bowling Old Lane got about their business with no fuss - seemingly able to score easier that their counterparts and moving to 76 without loss.  Woodlands needed a breakthrough to stop heads dropping if nothing else.  Once they made that breakthrough, courtesy of Jack McGahan bowling Adeel Nazir (46), they did not have to wait long for the game to turn on it's head.

Old Lane went from 88-2 to 102-6 as their middle order just melted away and Woodlands could smell blood.  The lower middle order of Bowling Old Lane however, showed real fight and started to rebuild the innings - meaning WCC could not afford to take their foot off the gas.

In the end however, the reigning champions had just too much on the day and managed to finish the game off at the start of the 47th over to spark the celebrations!

Friday 25th August 2017

WCC Lift HW Cup & 2nd XI Go Top!

Woodlands once again lifted the Heavy Woollen Cup as they defeated Hoylandswaine CC in the final for the 2nd time in 3 years. 
On a fine day at Hanging Heaton, who hosted a great afternoon of cricket, both on and off the field, Hoylandswaine, batting first made 213 all out, largely thanks to the efforts of Chris Holliday (51) and Gurnan Randhawa (57) with Elliot Richardson taking 3-39 & Chris Brice 2-23 for Woodlands, who bowled and fielded well. 

The score, while competitive, looked a little below par if WCC batted well...this however, is not always a given and the Huddersfield League side would have felt they were in with a shout.  Sam Frankland and Greg Finn both scored half centuries to guide Woodies to the edge of victory, along with a useful knock from Alex Atkinson and despite a slight wobble with a few quick wickets lost towards the end, Mark Lawson & Jack McGahan were there to guide home the Albert Terrace side and secure the famous old trophy for the 2nd time in 3 years. 

A full report can be found on the Bradford League website by following the link.

A mixed Saturday saw Woodlands 1st XI slump to defeat at New Farnley while WCC 2ndXI moved back to the top of the table with a thumping home victory over title rivals New Farnley. 

Woodlands suffered a three-wicket defeat at the Barry Jackson Ground as they were dismissed for 138. James Middlebrook took 4-29 in his 15 overs with Dave Cummings taking 3-11. 

New Farnley opener Simon Lambert lead the home side's reply with 78 and despite the best efforts of former New Farnley skipper Mark Lawson, who took 4-47, the home team ran out comfortable winners. 

At Albert Terrace, it was a top of the league clash, with reigning Champions Woodlands, looking to keep their title hopes alive in a game against leaders New Farnley.  

A 115 run victory for the home side was a massive win for WCC and saw the draw level on points at the top. 

Woodlands made 214-8 in their innings with Jack McGahan (39), Jack Bleazard (35), Cieran Garner (34) and Nicky Rushworth (32) all chipping in. 

Kieran Collins (4-21) and Jack Bleazard (3-11) lead the way as New Farnley were bowled out for 99 in reply. 

Thursday 14th September 2017

Both Teams Finish In 2nd Place

Woodlands 1st XI claimed a big win at Batley on Saturday to sneak past Farsley by 1 point to finish runners up to Hanging Heaton in the final league table.  In a game shortened by rain which affected the Bradford League heavily on the day, Woodlands batted first in a 22 overs per side match and with a half century for skipper Tim Jackson and good contributions from Sam Frankland (38), Jamie Pickering (28) & Scott Richardson (36) the visitors made 164-5.

Elliot Richardson ripped through the home side's batting as he claimed 4 wickets for 13 runs and a wicket each for Mark Lawson & Chris Brice, along with 2 run outs, meant that the home side closed on 65-8 to lose by 99 runs and, in the process had to endure the heartbreak of relegation.

There was heartbreak too for Woodlands 2nd XI as the rain put paid to their chances of retaining the league title they won 12 months ago which would have seen them claim all 3 trophies on offer to them in 2017.  Going in to the day 1 point clear of 2nd place New Farnley, heavy showers throughout the morning meant the match was late starting and in the end was abandoned. 

New Farnley meanwhile, made short work of their win at home against Pudsey Congs to claim a full 20 points and the 2017 title.

Thursday 17th August 2017

Weekend Review

A successful weekend saw 3 wins out of 3 for WCC, 2 centuries scored and qualification for the Priestley Shield final with victory for the 2nd XI at Batley in Sunday's semi final. 

Lightcliffe provided the league opposition on Saturday, with the 1st XI game at Albert Terrace. WCC batted first and Sam Frankland carried his bat to guide his side to 210-6 from their 50 overs with Skipper Tim Jackson also weighing in with 33. 

​In reply, the visitors never really looked like reaching the required total and slipped from 143-6 to 143 all out as the home side grabbed 19 valuable league points.  Kez Ahmed took 3-21. 

​At Lightcliffe, WCC also took the honours thanks to 64 from the bat of Nick Rushworth and 4 wickets for Jack Bleazard.  Woodlands finished on 197-9 with the home side falling short on 183-8. 

Sunday saw the 2nd XI travel to Batley for their Priestley Shield semi final and the current cup holders made it through to September's final. 

Cieran Garner, standing in as Skipper in the absence of Steven Pearson, played a captains knock with an innings of 102. He then took 3 wickets as his team sealed a 31 run win and will now face Bowling Old Lane in the final. 

Saturday 19th August 2017

Massive Weekend Ahead!

A big weekend ahead sees a top of the table clash for WCC 2nd XI on Saturday with the Heavy Woollen Cup Final on Sunday. 

WCC face New Farnley in league action on Saturday with the 1st XI away, looking for a win to keep alive their league season.  At Albert Terrace it's a 2nd XI top of the league clash with 2nd placed WCC facing leaders New Farnley knowing that a loss could spell the end of their league title challenge for 2017. 

Sunday is cup final day for WCC 1st XI with Hoylandswsaine CC providing the opposition just as in the 2015 final.  WCC came out on top 2 years ago at Ossett.  This year the final takes place at Bennett Lane, home of Hanging Heaton CC and starts at noon. 

Monday 9th October 2017

Race Night - Horse Sponsors Required!

We are still on the look out for people to sponsor horses at our upcoming race night which takes place on Saturday 21st October from 7.30pm

Horses can be sponsored at a cost of £5 and there is a prIze for the person who comes up with the best name for their horse!

I you would like to sponsor a horse, please get in touch with David on 07879 810234 or

Thursday 10th August 2017

Bradford & Bingley Beaten

Woodlands got straight back on the horse to register a win at Bradford & Bingley on Saturday after their home reversal at the hands of Hanging Heaton 7 days earlier.  Woodlands batted first, and minus skipper Tim Jackson, lost early wickets again, to find themselves 16-3.  Thankfully, the middle & lower order helped to rebuild the innings, Scott Richardson top scoring with 43 and Alex Atkinson, Liam Collins and Elliot Richardson all making useful contributions.

The visitors closed on 196 all out from their 50 overs and Yassir Abbas taking 4 wickets was the highlight of the home team's attack.

The home team lost wickets all too regularly to ever look like challenging the total set for them and though several players got starts, nobody could push on as Mark Lawson, Chris Brice and Elliot Richardson were all in the wickets.

Bradford & Bingley were eventually bowled out for 115 as WCC wrapped up a comprehensive victory.

At Albert Terrace, Woodlands lost out to Bowling Old Lane.  Woodlands would have felt they had a good chance of victory as Tom Clee (60*), Cieran Garner (44) and Jack Carter (43) helped reach 202-6.

The visitors had different ideas though and Zubair Najeeb (47), Shahid Alishan (37), Ahsan Alishan (30), and an unbeaten 39 from Sajid Khan helped them to a win with one ball to spare.

Monday 9th October 2017

Junior Presentation Evening This Saturday

This Saturday evening from 7.30pm, it is our junior presentation evening at Albert Terrace.  All our juniors and their parents / siblings are invited, including all the members of our 2017 "All Stars" group.  The bar will be open and there will also be pizza, hot dogs, fries etc. available.

We'd love to see as many juniors attend as possible for what is always a good night - for any further info, please contact David on 07879 810234.

Thursday 7th September 2017

Atkinson Leads The Way Vs Farsley

Alex Atkinson hit a faultless 110 not out to lead WCC to victory over Farsley in their final Albert Terrace fixture of 2017.

Farsley batted first and made a very competitive looking 241-9 with Ryan Cooper top scoring for the visitors with 77.

Elliot Richardson grabbed 6 wickets for Woodlands, finishing with figures of 53-6 from his 12 overs.

In reply, despite the loss of a few wickets, Woodlands made short work of their target, mainly thanks to Alex Atkinson who hit as good a century as you could care to see.  His 110 not out contained 11 fours and 8 sixes as he scored at will.  In the end, Woodlands won with over 11 overs remaining to claim 19 league points and give themselves a chance of catching Farsley for the runners up spot on the final weekend.

Saturday 2nd September 2017

Farsley Visit Today

Woodlands face Farsley today in the final home game of the season for the 1st XI.  Farsley still have a mathematical chance of winning the title this year, though it would take quite a dramatic series of events to see Hanging Heaton slip up from here.

Woodlands 2nd XI travel to Farsley for the first game of another massive weekend.  A win today is needed as they fight for the league title and then tomorrow is the Priestley Shield Final at Methley CC against Bowling Old Lane,

All games in September start at noon.

Alex Atkinson goes to his maiden Woodlands 100.

The victorious WCC 2nd XI with the Priestey Shield at Methley CC last Sunday

A new set of numbers on the scorebox records Chris Brice's feat of achieving the milestone of taking 700 Bradford League wickets. 

The 700th wicket came against Farsley last Saturday.

Congratulations Chris

a terrific achievement!!!

Thursday 10th August 2017

Weekend Preview

A busy weekend of cricket again this weekend, with both senior teams in league action on Saturday, followed by a visit to Batley CC for the 2nd XI as they try to make it through to their 2nd cup final of the season. 

The penultimate home game of the year for Tim Jackson and his men sees the visit of Lightcliffe.  Lightcliffe have had a mixed season but sit 8th in the table and are well clear of the fight for survival.

Alex Stead has been the leading light with the bat for Lightcliffe this year and has scored 519 runs at an average of 34.60.  However, the undoubted highlight of Lightcliffe's batting this year is the Bradford League record of 227 not out, scored in one of only 3 Lightcliffe innings played by Yorkshire's Alex Lees this year.

Woodlands 2nd XI, will look for an improved performance after losing at home to Bowling Old Lane last weekend.  Leaders New Farnley have now opened up a 13 point gap in the chase for silverware, and WCC can not afford to lose any more ground to the leaders.  Lightcliffe 2nd XI sit at the opposite end of the table in 11th place and will need a result just as badly as the visitors.

On Sunday, it is back to cup action for WCC 2nd XI.  Already through to the Crowther Cup final, they aim to repeat the feat in the Priestley Shield.  Batley CC stand between WCC and a 2nd cup final and, with home advantage, will make Woodlands fight all the way .

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