Cleckheaton trip up at lowly Wrenthorpe

Cleckheaton trip up at lowly Wrenthorpe

INCONSISTENT Cleckheaton slipped back into the bottom half of the Bradford League Premier Division table with a surprise defeat at the hands of second-bottom Wrenthorpe.

They will make the short trip up the A58 to Lightcliffe tomorrow (Saturday) hoping to avoid a repeat against the side who currently sit third-bottom.

Lightcliffe are 23 points adrift of Cleckheaton but another defeat for Mally Nicholson’s men would see them being dragged back into a potential relegation battle.

With so many games still to play, the current 23-point cushion between Cleckheaton and the bottom two can quickly evaporate in the face of a poor run and, with Lightcliffe one of those clubs below them, they cannot afford another slip.

Against Wrenthorpe, only opener Toby Thorpe (37) and skipper Nicholson (51) showed any resilience while Jonathan Whiteoak (3-42) was the only one to make an impression with the ball. 

If they are to keep clear of danger there needs to be a more solid look about their batting in the next few games.

Hanging Heaton’s hopes of making a serious title challenge are fading fast but any lingering hopes surely rest on tomorrow’s game at home to leaders Woodlands.

A heavy defeat at the hands of the Oakenshaw side in last week’s Priestley Cup semi-final, following on from a DLS-adjudged defeat by New Farnley the previous day, was a blow to their silverware ambitions.

At least they have an immediate opportunity for revenge and, at the same time, a chance to reduce the massive 53-point gap that exists between the two sides despite them still sitting in fourth.

Callum Geldart (42), Aqsad Ali (40) and Ishy Dawood (39) helped them to four batting points, but a faster scoring rate in a rain-interrupted contest saw New Farnley clinch victory.

In the other key games this weekend, second-placed Bradford and Bingley and third-placed Pudsey St Lawrence face relegation-threatened Methley and Undercliffe respectively.

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