Cleckheaton start title defence away

Gomersal's Richard Gould picked up two awards at last Friday's Bradford League dinner.
Gomersal's Richard Gould picked up two awards at last Friday's Bradford League dinner.

Cleckheaton will start their defence of the JCT600 Division One title with a tough trip to Pudsey Congs on Saturday April 19.

The opening round of matches were revealed at Friday’s annual dinner and the full fixture list is now also available.

The opening round of matches have thrown up some potential cracking matches.

Woodlands open up with a home game against Hanging Heaton, who are likely to hand debuts to three new signings.

The Bennett Lane outfit, who will be captained by Gary Fellows next season, have signed all-rounder David Paynter from Morley, opening batsman Nick Connelly from Methley and spin bowler Ben Elvidge.

East Bierley also begin with a tasty home clash against Priestley Cup holders Lightcliffe.

In Division Two, Spen Victoria begin with a trip to Bowling Old Lane, Hartshead Moor entertain Windhill and Gomersal are at home to Keighley.

Opening Day fixtures (April 19, 1pm)

Div 1: East Bierley v Lightcliffe, Farsley v Bfd & Bing, New Farnley v Morley, Pudsey Congs v Cleckheaton, Woodlands v Hanging Heaton, Yeadon v Pudsey SL.

Div 2: Bankfoot v Idle, Bowling OL v Spen Victoria, Gomersal v Keighley, Gt Horton v Baildon, Hartshead Moor v Windhill, Undercliffe v Brighouse. Second teams Div 1: Baildon v Woodlands, Bfd & Bing v Yeadon, H Heaton v N Farnley, Keighley v E Bierley, Lightcliffe v Farsley, Morley v Pudsey Congs. Div 2: Brighouse v H Moor, Cleckv Undercliffe, Idle v G Horton, Pudsey SL v Bowling OL, Saltaire v Bankfoot, Windhill v Gomersal