The draw for the 3rd round of the Sovereign Health Care Priestley Cup was made earlier today. Woodlands 1st XI were drawn at home to Pudsey St Lawrence in an attractive looking tie which, funnily enough, takes place 24 hours after the 2 teams face each other at Albert Terrace in the league!
Today's action at Albert Terrace was eventful to say the least. It was a top of the table clash with ourselves and the visitors, league leaders Farsley, the only 2 unbeaten teams in the first division. Farsley won the toss and put Woodlands in to bat. On a difficult pitch the home side found it tough going and at one stage were reduced to 28-4. Chris Brice (pictured) then stepped up to the plate and battled his way to his first half century of the season with a much needed knock. Chris, along with a quick-fire 31* from skipper Pieter Swanepoel managed to steer the home team to 143-8 from their 50 overs.
As the pitch dried out the Woodland's attack knew they had to be at their best and they didn't disappoint. Brice carried on where he left off with the bat returning figures of 6-16 from his 9 overs as Farsley were bowled out for 70 from 31 overs to send Woodlands to the top of the JCT600 Bradford Cricket League 1st division.
Special mention also needs to be made of a milestone for Woodland's Sarfraz Ahmed (pictured) who claimed his
700th wicket in the shape of Farsley opener Adal Islam.
Not such good news unfortunately for the 2nd XI in their match at Farsley's Red Lane ground where the home team,
inspired by a Ryan Lumb hat trick, ran out winners by a margin of 6 wickets.
Today saw mixed fortunes for our teams in their respective cup games. The 1st XI carried on their impressive start to the season with a comfortable home victory over 2nd division outift Baildon in the Sovereign Health Care Priestley Cup. The visitors, lead by an impressive James Ford (79) made a competitive 194-8 and then took a couple of early Woodlands wickets before a Logan Weston & Scott Richardson partnership of 144 tipped the balance in favour of Woodlands who ran out winners by 6 Wkts.
A second defeat of the the weekend unfortunately saw the 2nd XI lose out by 7 runs in a close affair at Keighley, despite the best efforts of Liam Collins (85) and our interest in the Sovereign Health Care Priestely Shield came to an end for this year.
Skipper Pieter Swanepoel is the first to congratulate a delighted Scott Richardson as he leaves the field yesterday after steering Woodlands to an 8-wicket victory over Pudsey Congs with his maiden Bradford League 1st XI half-century (pictured left).
Scott's display was the highlight of a good afternoon for the 1st XI who, despite losing the toss and having to bowl first, restricted the Congs to 175-9. In reply they reached their target from 41.3 overs to round off a fine afternoon.
Not such good news however from the 2nd XI fixture away to Pudsey Congs. The home team inflicted the 2nd XI's first defeat of the season, by a margin of 9 wickets. They will hope to get straight back to winning ways when they face Keighley in the cup later today.
These 2 fascinating photos are, believe it or not, photos of our home ground Albert Terrace! Supplied by Stuart Tordoff from the pages of Woodlands "Salthorn Bugle" publication they provide a great insight into the history of the club.
The picture on the left was discovered by Bob Waind. In his relentless search for old photos of Oakenshaw, he has unearthed a real gem – a photo of Salthorn Common before it became our cricket field. We had given up hope of finding this photo and we really are grateful to Bob for finding it. The ‘X’ on the photo is over a house on Lea Terrace – Albert Terrace is opposite, the chimney belongs to the BDA ‘dyas’ (dyehouse) and the pond is the current fishing pond – the old Normington Dam.
The picture on the right is a recently discovered photograph which shows the first ball being bowled after the official opening of the new ground at Albert Terrace on 26th May 1952. It was taken from near what is now the main gate. The backdrop has changed somewhat over the years and a bit of grass has grown on the outfield in the meantime!
The draw for the 3rd rounds of both the Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup & the Solly Sports Crowther Cup were made
earlier this week. Woodlands 1st & 2nd XI were both in the hat but, due to last weekends washouts, they don't yet know exactly who awaits them in the next round should they be successful in their rearranged 2nd round ties.
The ties in the 3rd round are:-
Kirkburton or Hanging Heaton v Slaithwaite or Woodlands 1st XI - Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup
Liversedge or Morley v Woodlands 2nd XI or Ossett - Solly Sports Crowther Cup
Rearranged games are to be played Sunday 1st June with the 3rd round ties a week later on the 8th June
A 142 Run win today for the 1st XI Kept Woodlands at the top of the 1st division of the JCT600 Bradford Cricket League. A half century for Duncan Snell and a 5 wicket haul for Sarfraz Ahmed proving the highlights of the day. Click here to read the match report.
Unfortunately the 2nd XI finished on the wrong end of the result against Keighley for the Second time in a matter of weeks. Put in to bat they never really got going and a total of just 104 from 32.2 overs never seemed like it was going to be enough.
Sure enough, the visitors duly reached their victory target from 47.1 overs with 4 wickets in hand.
A trip to Wagon Lane to face Bradord & Bingley awaits the 1st XI this Saturday as they look to consolidate their position as league leaders.
Sunday sees them on the road too as they try again in the Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup tie at Slaithwaite which was postponed due to the weather a few weeks ago.
The 2nd XI are in league action on Saturday at home to Keighley to whom they narrowly lost in the Sovereign Health Care Priestley Shield a fortnight ago. No action on Sunday however for the 2nd XI as their Solly Sports Crowther Cup tie has now been switched to Weds 4th June with a 6.30pm start for the game which will now be a 20 overs affair.
The weather was the only winner this Saturday as heavy and persistent rain
across the district meant not one delivery was bowled in any of the JCT600
Bradford Cricket league fixfures. Scenes similar to New Farnley (pictured right)
were the order of the day as the usual British bank holiday weekend weather
struck yet again!
This weekend sees 2 league games for both our 1st and 2nd XI. The action at Albert Terrace on Saturday sees the 2nd XI take on current table toppers New Farnley in a fixture where Woodlands will be looking to get back on track after last weekends 2 defeats (1 league, 1 cup).
The 1st XI play the the same opposition at the Barry Jackson Gound.
After a day off to re-charge the batteries its back to base on Monday for the 1st XI who tackle league leaders (before Saturday's games) Farsley in another attractive looking fixture for Albert Terrace.
The bank holiday Monday match for the 2nd XI is away to Farsley. With the weather forecast looking a bit hit and miss, lets hope all 4 games can avoid the majority of any showers around!
Congratulations to our very own Elliot Richardson who, last night at Headingley, in front of several Thousand people won the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation's West Yorkshire area final of their Top Gun competition. The latest round of the search to find Yorkshire's quickest club cricket bowler took place on the pitch during the interval of the Yorkshire T20 game against Northamptonshire.
Elliot (pictured) booked his place in the Grand final of the competition with a delivery of 76mph!
Its another busy weekend in store for both our 1st & 2nd XI as they have games on Saturday and Sunday. First up is the JCT600 Bradford Cricket League Action with Pudsey Congs the visitors to Albert Terrace to face the 1st XI while the 2nd XI travel in the opposite direction to the Brittania ground.
Sunday is the turn of the Sovereign Health Care Priestley Cup for the 1st XI, At home again Vs Baildon and its Keighley (away) for the 2nd XI in the Sovereign Health Care Priestley Shield.
It promises to be a much better weekend weather-wise, so what better way to enjoy the sunshine than watching our teams in action!
This weekend the weather was well & truly against us. Both our 1st XI & our 2nd XI saw their league games on Saturday and their cup games on Sunday fall foul of the conditions.
The cup games, of course, will have to be played to a conclusion and both have been rearranged for Sunday 1st June.
Fingers crossed that the rain stays away next weekend!
This weekend sees both our 1st XI & our 2nd XI in action twice. Saturday sees league action for both teams with the 1st XI at home against Lightcliffe while the 2nd XI travel to Wakefield Road in a reverse of the 1st XI fixture.
Sunday is all about the cup! Both teams play Spen Victoria. The 1st XI are at home again, this time in the Sovereign Health Care Priestley Cup meaning the 2nd XI hit the road again for their Sovereign Health Care Priestley Shield tie.
Best of luck to both our teams as they look to build on an impressive start to 2014.