Bradford League: Lowly East Bierley still pose threat for Farsley

Farsley's Ryan Cooper. PIC: Steve Riding
Farsley's Ryan Cooper. PIC: Steve Riding
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Farsley captain Ryan Cooper admitted his side know all about the threat of East Bierley ahead of tomorrow’s game.

New leaders Farsley travel to East Bierley looking to hold on to their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier Division.

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Richard Atkins. PIC: Steve Riding

New Farnley's Richard Atkins. PIC: Steve Riding

Cooper said his side must “keep doing what we’re doing” as league leaders. He added: “If we play to our ability it should be enough to churn out a win.”

He also acknowledged the strengths of East Bierley: “They have some good players and we must be at our best if we are to get the win.”

Farsley made it four consecutive wins on Saturday as they hammered lowly Cleckheaton by 10 wickets, chasing down their target of 75 with ease. Hanging Heaton’s shock defeat to Lightcliffe allowed Farsley to move top, as they were bowled out for just 93 chasing a target of 163.

Farsley’s opponents tomorrow are also struggling in the bottom third, with East Bierley having won just one of their last seven games. Last time out they were beaten comfortably by Woodlands, who chased down their target of 101 in just 20.3 overs.

Townville's Braydon Clark. PIC: Andy May

Townville's Braydon Clark. PIC: Andy May

Potentially the game of week is at fourth-placed Pudsey St Lawrence, who welcome third-placed Woodlands to their Tofts Road ground where a win for the home side is vital if they are to maintain any hopes of capturing the 2017 title.

Woodlands could find themselves as the league leaders by tomorrow evening should both Farsley and Hanging Heaton slip up, and they know a win is needed to keep the pressure on the top two.

Pudsey will be desperate to recapture their form after two defeats in their last three, including a defeat to New Farnley last weekend, whilst Woodlands furthered their title ambitions with a seven-wicket win over East Bierley.

Hanging Heaton face a difficult test as they look to regain the lead in the title race, at home to New Farnley.

Hanging Heaton’s title hopes suffered a setback at Lightcliffe last weekend and, in doing so, lost their grip on the top spot whilst New Farnley chased down 159 as they defeated Pudsey St Lawrence by six wickets.

Richard Atkins struck a fine 64 not out as New Farnley won with more than six overs to spare.

Elsewhere, bottom-of-the-table Pudsey Congs face another tough test as they host fifth-placed Townville. Congs have lost four consecutive games, including a nail-biting 10-run defeat against fellow strugglers Batley.

Townville will be looking to build on their victory over Bradford & Bingley, as 62 from Brayden Clark helped them chase down 171 with four wickets in hand.

Strugglers Batley and Cleckheaton face off at Cleckheaton, with both sides knowing a win will pull them away from Pudsey Congs.

Batley face their second straight game against sides below them after a thrilling 10-run win over Pudsey Congs last week, whilst Cleckheaton were defeated easily by league leaders Farsley.

Tomorrow, Bradford & Bingley host eighth-placed Lightcliffe, who put in the performance of the day last weekend with a crushing 68-run victory over Heaton so will be full of confidence against a Bradford side who lost to Townville last Saturday.

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Richard Atkins runs in for New Farnley against Pudsey St Lawrence. PIC: Steve Riding

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