Cleck only survivors in cup

Cleck only survivors in cup

Cleckheaton cc, the district’s sole survivors in the last eight of the Sovereign Health Care Priestley Cup, take a trip up the A58 to fellow First Division outfit Lightcliffe on Sunday and move a step closer to a second successive cup final appearance.

League form has been patchy this season, losing to Hanging Heaton last week, but with opener Andy Gorrod beginning to fulfill the promise he first showed as a schoolboy at Gomersal, and a first-class bowling attack, boosted by the arrival of paceman Curtis Free from Doncaster, they have the capacity to progress.

So much depends on all guns firing but Lightcliffe, without a final victory for 51 years, can expect John Wood’s men to provide a huge obstacle.

A third succesive First Division title success is looking a harder task for Cleckheaton, who slipped to fourth place after the defeat at Hanging Heaton, and already have a 45-point deficit to make up on leaders Pudsey St Lawrence.

Tomorrow sees Wood’s men take on bottom club Saltaire at Moorend, in the league, while Hanging Heaton in third place will be hoping to maintain their challenge at second bottom Farsley.

Woodlands are lying second and they go to Pudsey Congs, with a 27-point deficit to make up on a St Lawrence side who should do well at Undercliffe.

In the remaining Priestley Cup ties Second Division Bankfoot are at home to Pudsey St Lawrence and  Yeadon go to New Farnley, while Bradford and Bingley are at home to Pudsey Congs as a Leeds area final looks increasingly possible.

With a third of the season gone, the Second Division title race looks to be hotting up with just 10 points separating Morley, Scholes and Baildon at the top.

Bowling Old Lane complete the top four but the remaining nine teams all have a game in hand, so Spen Victoria’s game at home to leaders Morley this week could be crucial.

A win for fifth-placed Spen, with that game in hand still to play, would not only encourage their own promotion hopes after the disappointing defeat Baildon, but also put the leaders under pressure from the chasing pack.

Gomersal, another side on the fringe of the promotion race after their nine-run defeat at Hartshead Moor, are also at home and they take on winless Keighley at Oxford Road.

League newcomers Scholes stayed in second place after finishing 228-run winners at home to Windhill in their last game.

Their 343-4 featured an enormous 122 not out in 79 balls from Atif Zaidi, then spinner Daniel Cross took 5-38 to help bowl out the opposition for 115. James Stansfield’s side now go to Bankfoot.

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