Tight at the top of Premier Division

Tight at the top of Premier Division

HANGING HEATON’S trip to Woodlands is the stand-out fixture as the second round of the Bradford League takes place this weekend.

After a rain-swept opening day in which there was not a Premier Division result in sight, the six teams at the top are separated by just six points going into tomorrow’s (Saturday) games.

Woodlands and Hanging Heaton are joint-second on 25 points, two behind leaders Wrenthorpe, and a fiercely-contested clash can be expected between the sides.

In their last game, Woodlands hit 329 for one in their victory at Methley. 

Skipper Tim Jackson (137) and New Zealander Brad Schmulian (153) set a new League record after an amazing unbroken 326-run stand for the second wicket. 

That beat the previous all-time record stand of 304 by Undercliffe openers Mark Gilliver and Mark Chapman at Gomersal in 2000.

Hanging Heaton also picked up a vital win when they went to New Farnley.

Both Hanging Heaton and Woodlands had their results settled with some intervention from the ever-increasing application of the DLS system.

And the Bennett Lane side could find themselves up against it if there is not an improvement to their current injury problems. 

Paceman David Stiff, wicket keeper/batsman Ishy Dawood and Ben Kohler-Cadmore were all worse for wear after the New Farnley game.

Cleckheaton, who face a visit from Lightcliffe tomorrow, also saw their game against Wrenthorpe affected by the weather but this time DLS failed to help as their 181 for nine target was reduced to 178 and Wrenthorpe eased home by three wickets.

In Championship One, early leaders Batley completed an eight-wicket win at Ossett last week. 

They face another derby clash tomorrow when they entertain Hartshead Moor in a replay of last week’s Priestley Cup tie.

Batley’s win, by virtue of a better score after 10 overs, was enough to see off Moor in the Cup but they showed enough for the Mount Pleasant side not to take anything for granted tomorrow.

Defeats for Gomersal, Ossett, Scholes and Hartshead Moor, together with East Bierley’s abandoned game at Morley, leaves all the district’s clubs, apart from Batley, in the bottom half of the table.

Looking to change all that tomorrow, Gomersal are at Keighley and Scholes are at Baildon, while East Bierley have a home game with Ossett.

In Championship Two, Birstall, at home to Yeadon, and bottom club Liversedge, at home to East Ardsley, are both looking for their first win.

Meanwhile, leaders Hopton Mills are at home to Carlton and Spen Victoria host Jer Lane, ensuring that at least two of the top four will lose their one hundred per cent win record.

Life in the Conference is already looking grim for Crossbank Methodists and Heckmondwike and Carlinghow, who occupy the last two places. 

With Heckmondwike on a -15 points tally they are really going to struggle to break free of that bottom spot. They go to East Leeds tomorrow, while Crossbank visit Brighouse.

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