THE BRADFORD Premier Division programme concludes this weekend with Saturday and Sunday fixtures, but the pressure is off for Oakenshaw side Woodlands after they clinched the league title.
They needed only 11 points at Undercliffe to deliver the first Kirklees success story of the season, and it was effectively all over by teatime.
Five teams were still in with a mathematical chance at the start of play but Woodlands scored 223-6, with former Cleckheaton opener Tim Jackson making a top-scoring 71, to see off Bradford and Bingley, Pudsey St Lawrence and Farsley.
Only Townville were still in with a chance of catching Woodlands but their game with PSL saw the Leeds side close on 176-9, leaving Townville one bowling point short of maximum and with only three batting points available.
By 7pm it was definitely all over. Woodlands had taken their season’s points total to 265 and, regardless of the outcome of the Townville game, the championship was theirs.
So, the only issues to be resolved this week are who stays up and who goes down. As it stands Lightcliffe, Wrenthorpe, Methley and Undercliffe are still in the frame, leaving Cleckheaton and Hanging Heaton with nothing to play for but local pride.
Tomorrow (Saturday) sees Woodlands entertain neighbours Cleckheaton, who would doubtless love to spoil the party, while Hanging Heaton could decide the fate of Undercliffe in their clash at Bennett Lane.
Then on Sunday, Cleckheaton will be at home to Hanging Heaton in a game that would have been seen as a possible title decider at the start of the season but, as it happens, turned out so very different.
That match could be the last for Cleck stalwart and former skipper John Wood, who announced after last week’s 39-run defeat to New Farnley that he will retire at the end of the season after 15 years at the club.