Last week’s washout means it is status quo in the Premier Division with Woodlands (123 pts) still leading the table, followed by Hanging Heaton (92 pts) and Pudsey St Lawrence (88 pts). The bottom two are Undercliffe and Methley.
Methley will need to get a win this weekend at Red Lane to make inroads on their 24-point gap to safety. They are probably playing Farsley at the wrong time now they have got James Logan and Pat Kruger back on board.
Woodlands will be looking to extend their 31-point lead at the top when they host 11th place Undercliffe. They have Tim Jackson topping the division’s batting, and Chris Brice the bowling, in a fruitful season for the club so far.
However, Undercliffe are capable of causing an upset with overseas all rounder Khalid Usman and Simon Lambert the potential match winners. They also have batsmen Farrouk Alam and Fahid Rehman yet to fire, but able to dominate an attack on their day.
Woodlands Captain Cieran Garner, pictured above, is pleased with the form of his team, but very mindful of the threat of the Undercliffe side, “We go into this weekend full of confidence and the lads are in good form both on and off the field”.
Garner goes on to say, “Undercliffe’s league position is probably a reflection of how strong the league is this year. Having slipped into the bottom two they’ll be determined to pick up a win against us and we certainly won’t be taking them for granted. We recognise that they possess quality within their side, especially once their overseas hits his strides”.
“Despite the position we find ourselves in, we haven’t played our best cricket yet. We know as a group we can go up a couple of gears”, Garner said.
Second place Hanging Heaton will be hoping to beat Bradford & Bingley at Bennett Lane to get their title charge back on track. Their famed batting line up is being headed this season by Ben Kohler-Cadmore who currently has a league batting average of 204.00.
Bradford & Bingley will still be smarting from the shock home cup defeat against Morley and out to make amends. They could cause Hanging Heaton some trouble with their pace bowling attack of Bailey Wightman and Jack Hartley.
Third place Pudsey St Lawrence will have to battle at the top without their skipper Chris Marsden who has a knee injury. However, their protégé spin bowler Archie Scott has eighteen league wickets to his name and will be a threat when they visit Townville this weekend.
Townville’s creaky form earlier in the season has now gone as they sit a respectable seventh in the table. To further their spirits they reached the semi-final of the Heavy Woollen Cup last week when they beat Barkisland.
They have stability early on in the batting order with Harry Warwick and Jonathan Booth proving reliable most weeks. Jack Hughes is back with a bang with the ball, and it’s only a matter of time that he gets a big score with the bat.
There is an interesting game at Bragg Lane End where Wrenthorpe take on Lightcliffe. Both teams hover just above the bottom two, and the winners will see a bit of daylight.
Lightcliffe’s tremendous win at Hanging Heaton probably gives them the edge, but Wrenthorpe are a battling side that won’t go down without a fight.
Key men for Lightcliffe are Suleman Khan and Yassir Abbas, while Wrenthorpe’s form players are Khalil Ullah Khan and Irfan Amjad,
New Farnley will be desperate to get back on the field to prove they are genuine title challengers. They face Cleckheaton at Lawns Lane looking to narrow the gap at the top. Last time out they lost to Bradford & Bingley, with only Alex Lilley (49no) and Luke Jarvis (6-30) taking the fight to the Wagon Laners.
Cleckheaton are an unpredictable unit, but any side that has the extrovert Nick Walker in their ranks can beat any team on their day. They also have former Yorkshire spinner Azeem Rafiq to exploit any turn in the wicket.
Premier Division Fixtures: Farsley v Methley, New Farnley v Cleckheaton, Woodlands v Undercliffe, Hanging Heaton v Bradford & Bingley, Townville v Pudsey St Lawrence, Wrenthorpe v Lightcliffe
Updated 14:49 - 14 Jun 2019 by andy quirke