Brice has East Bierley in a spin as Woodlands prove too strong for strugglers

Nick Lindley in action during Cleckheaton's one-wicket win over Townville last Saturday.
Nick Lindley in action during Cleckheaton's one-wicket win over Townville last Saturday.

Woodlands proved too strong for Bradford Premier League strugglers East Bierley as they recorded a 125-run victory last Saturday.

Victory leaves Woodlands fifth in the table, 24 points behind leaders New Farnley, while East Bierley are bottom 29 points adrift of safety.

East Bierley were unable to build on their first win of the season over Cleckheaton as Woodlands posted 202 all out, with Greg Finn and Liam Collins both making 50.

Mohammad Hafeez claimed 5-34 and Rizwan Ali (3-59) but one again, Bierley’s batting failed them as they were bowled out for 77 and were undone by the spin of Chris Brice (6-23).

Hanging Heaton returned to winning ways as they overcame Bradford & Bingley by 10 wickets in a rain affected match.

The visitors dismissed Bingley for 136 with paceman Tom Chippendale taking 6-51 and were set a revised Duckworth Lewis Stern target of 101 which they reached in 17 overs without losing a wicket.

Captain Gary Fellows was unbeaten on 65 while Nick Connolly finished 33 not out.

Hanging Heaton will have home advantage in the JW Lees Twenty20 Cup final after they overcame Farsley by seven wickets in Tuesday’s semi-final.

The cup holders — who will represent the Bradford League in this season’s National T20 competition — reached a third successive final.

David Stiff (3-15) and Josh Holling (3-13) led an impressive Heaton bowling display as they restricted Farsley to 107-7 from their 20 overs.

Adam Ahmed (38) and Mark Harrison (32) were the leading run scorers.

Connolly, who captained the side in the absence of Fellows, hit 45 not out and shared an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 67 with Joe Fraser (32no) to see Heaton home with 17 balls to spare.

Ossett entertain Lightcliffe in a delayed quarter-final next Tuesday, with the winners facing a home tie with Methley in the semi-final.

Finals Day will be held at Hanging Heaton for the first time on Sunday July 15, with Keighley taking on Conference leaders Jer Lane in the B Final before the main event.