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Saturday 26th May 2018

Good League Form Continues With Win Over Methley

Woodlands secured another home win with a 38 run victory over Methley, with Liam Collins scoring an unbeaten 69 to help his side register 219 from 49.5 overs.  His innings included 9 fours & 2 sixes and came at just the right time to turn around an innings that was meandering along.  Jack Mcgahan also showed good form with the bat again as he added 28 to help Liam push the total along.


For Methley, skippered by former WCC player Grant Soames, pick of the bowling attack was Marcus Walmsley who took 4-59 from his 15 overs.


In reply, Methley lost wickets at regular intervals to hamper any real chance of chasing down the required total.  Adam Patel scored an eye catching 65 not out but could not find anyone to build a meaningful partnership with.  Muhammad Bilal with 4 wickets and Elliot Richardson with 3 did most of the damage as WCC dismissed the visitors for 181 inside 40 overs.


In the 2nd XI fixture at Batley, Woodlands batted first and posted 198 all out.  Opener Liam Brearley made 60  and Tom Clee 62.  In reply, the home side were dismissed for 186 with Tom Clee, Rob Medcalf & Jack Bleazard sharing the wickets between them, along with a couple of run outs, to guide WCC to a 12 run win.


Wednesday 16th May 2018

Ishfaq Ahmad Makes 139* On Home Debut!

Ishfaq Ahmad had a weekend of contrasting fortunes as Woodlands got the first taste of what he has to offer in the weekend's action.  On Saturday, he was out very first ball as one kept very low on the newly re-laid Tofts Road wicket, but on Sunday, he showed he felt immediately at home at Albert Terrace with a brilliant 139 not out to guide WCC through in the Heavy Woollen Cup against Townville.


Saturday's league action saw a low scoring affair at Pudsey St Lawrence, where the home side, batting first, were bowled out for 93, with only 3 players reaching double figures.  3 wickets each for Muhammad Bilal, Chris Brice & Elliot Richardson for Woodlands who went to tea in a very strong position against a side who had taken a maximum 40 league points from their opening 2 league games.

Friday 1st June 2018

Cleckheaton Preview

Local derby weekend is here with Woodlands travelling the short distance to face Cleckheaton at Moorend.  Cleckheaton, in their first season under new skipper Mally Nicholson, recruited well over the winter, including new overseas Tayyab Tahir who has hit the ground running with 2 centuries already, but as a team, they have not quite clicked on enough occasions so far this term.  Monday's victory over Scholes was only their 2nd league win of 2018 and they will be hoping to grab another this weekend to help move them towards mid-table.


Woodlands on the other hand, looked to be in good form since the opening day defeat at Hanging Heaton, however they were brought back down to Earth with a bump against in form Lightcliffe at home last Monday. This is a game that either side ever wants to lose and both teams will be desperate to get one over on the local rivals, which should make for a great game!


At Albert Terrace on Saturday, WCC 2nd XI look to maintain their fine start to the season when they entertain Pudsey Congs who sit 5th in the table.


Both games start at 1pm.


Photo courtesy of Ray Spencer

Ishfaq Ahmad had a weekend of contrasting fortunes as Woodlands got the first taste of what he has to offer in the weekend's action.  On Saturday, he was out very first ball as one kept very low on the newly re-laid Tofts Road wicket, but on Sunday, he showed he felt immediately at home at Albert Terrace with a brilliant 139 not out to guide WCC through in the Heavy Woollen Cup against Townville.


Saturday's league action saw a low scoring affair at Pudsey St Lawrence, where the home side, batting first, were bowled out for 93, with only 3 players reaching double figures.  3 wickets each for Muhammad Bilal, Chris Brice & Elliot Richardson for Woodlands who went to tea in a very strong position against a side who had taken a maximum 40 league points from their opening 2 league games.


The reply started very well and at one point, victory looked to be a formality for the visitors as Sam Frankland raced to 30.  However, the whole mood changed as home skipper Chris Marsden (3-19) came on and tore through the WCC top order as 5 wickets fell for 7 runs.  Greg Finn held firm at one end and was joined by Jack McGahan, who batted very well, taking his time to settle before pushing on to ensure Woodlands reached the total after just 27.4 overs to secure a 5 wicket win.


At Albert Terrace, WCC 2nd XI also came out on top Vs St Lawrence.  Tom Clee continued his good start to 2018 as he grabbed 4 wickets to help his side dismiss the visitors for 152 from 49.3 overs.  In reply, Cieran Garner led the way, hitting 17 fours on his way to 78 not out and alongside a half century for Nick Rushworth, Woodlands wrapped up an 8 wicket win in just over 32 overs.


In the home game on Sunday, holders Woodlands beat Townville by 30 runs to set up a Heavy Woollen quarter final tie away to either Hanging Heaton or Altofts.  Woodlands batted first and made 280 with Liam Collins 51, providing good back up to Ishfaq's unbeaten century.  Townville battled well but were never quite up with the required rate and fell 30 runs short at the close. 


Not content with his efforts with the bat, the new overseas also took 3 wickets for 31 from 10 overs to cap a memorable home debut!

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Wednesday 16th May 2018

Methley Visit This Weekend

Following Sunday's win over Townville in the Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup, WCC 1st XI are back in action at Albert Terrace this coming Saturday when they entertain Methley CC.  Methley have several Woodlands connections, including their skipper Grant Soames who of course, needs no introduction as he spent several seasons as a Woodlands player.


Methley have made a good start to life in the All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League following their promotion last season and currently sit in 2nd place in the league table.  After a poor opening day, Woodlands have shown good form too and will be looking to maintain the run.  Mark Lawson, who has now left Woodlands, will obviously not be in the line up, but new overseas Ishfaq Ahmad will want to continue where he left on Sunday with his unbeaten 139!


Woodlands 2nd XI make the trip to Batley this weekend and despite losing players to WCC 1st XI over the last few weeks, have still started very strongly despite a tough run of opening fixtures.


The weather is once again set fair - matches start at 1pm


Saturday 26th May 2018

Enjoy Cricket - Next Week

Our popular school holiday Enjoy Cricket course will run again this week, starting Tuesday (not Monday as advertised!).


Places on the course cost £5 per child per day and you can attend as many days as suits you.


You can book in advance or just turn up at 10am on the day to register.

Monday 2nd July 2018

Graeme Dyson

It is with the greatest sadness that Woodlands Cricket Club announce the loss of Graeme Dyson, who passed away last week after a very short illness.  Graeme was a well known face around Albert Terrace and a much liked and respected volunteer who gave countless hours to the club with his work both on the pitch and around the ground. 


The ground is looking in prime condition this year, and has received many compliments. This is largely due to the efforts of Graeme and his 'Friday Gang' partner Stuart Tordoff.  Graeme rightly took enormous pride in the results of their labours.

As well as all the work Graeme put in "behind the scenes" he was also one of those people who was always at every 1st XI game, supporting the team he loved, both home and away.


Graeme will be greatly missed by all involved with Woodlands Cricket Club and our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife Mary & family.


Graeme's funeral will be held at Park Wood Crematorium, Elland at 9.45am on Friday 13th July.



Saturday 26th May 2018

Bradford & Bingley 1st Up On Double Weekend

This weekend is a double weekend due to the bank holiday and Woodlands look to continue their good league form with a trip to Bradford & Bingley.  Bradford & Bingley kick started their league campaign with a good win at Cleckheaton to show what they are capable of.


Woodlands 2nd XI entertain Bowling Old Lane at Albert Terrace and after a great start to the year, sit top of the early league table.


Both games start at 1pm.


Saturday 26th May 2018

Farsley Knock WCC Out Of T/20 Cup

Tuesday evening saw Woodlands make an early exit from the T/20 cup as they slipped to defeat at Red Lane.  Farsley batted first and posted 164-5 from their 20 overs, Dan Hodgson top scoring with 63 including 4 sixes & 4 fours.  In reply, Woodlands could only manage 131-8 to see their interest in this year's competition come to an end.


Jack McGahan Batted Very Well At Pudsey

To Guide The Side To Victory

Saturday 2nd June 2018

Lightcliffe Take the Spoils At Albert Terrace

In form Lightcliffe won comfortably in the Bank Holiday Monday clash at Albert Terrace.  WCC 2nd XI continued their good form however with a win in the reverse fixture...Reports to follow.

Saturday 2nd June 2018

Bradford & Bingley Win For WCC

Bradford & Bingley were beaten by 6 wickets at Wagon Lane while WCC 2nd XI won at home Vs Bowling Old lane...Reports to follow


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