Saturday 2nd June 2018
Lightcliffe Take the Spoils At Albert Terrace
In form Lightcliffe won comfortably in the Bank Holiday Monday clash at Albert Terrace. WCC 2nd XI continued their good form however with a win in the reverse fixture...Reports to follow.
Saturday 2nd June 2018
Bradford & Bingley Win For WCC
Bradford & Bingley were beaten by 6 wickets at Wagon Lane while WCC 2nd XI won at home Vs Bowling Old lane
Friday 1st June 2018
Local derby weekend is here with Woodlands travelling the short distance to face Cleckheaton at Moorend. Cleckheaton, in their first season under new skipper Mally Nicholson, recruited well over the winter, including new overseas Tayyab Tahir who has hit the ground running with 2 centuries already, but as a team, they have not quite clicked on enough occasions so far this term. Monday's victory over Scholes was only their 2nd league win of 2018 and they will be hoping to grab another this weekend to help move them towards mid-table.
Woodlands on the other hand, looked to be in good form since the opening day defeat at Hanging Heaton, however they were brought back down to Earth with a bump against in form Lightcliffe at home last Monday. This is a game that either side ever wants to lose and both teams will be desperate to get one over on the local rivals, which should make for a great game!
At Albert Terrace on Saturday, WCC 2nd XI look to maintain their fine start to the season when they entertain Pudsey Congs who sit 5th in the table.
Saturday 26th May 2018
Good League Form Continues With Win Over Methley
Woodlands secured another home win with a 38 run victory over Methley, with Liam Collins scoring an unbeaten 69 to help his side register 219 from 49.5 overs. His innings included 9 fours & 2 sixes and came at just the right time to turn around an innings that was meandering along. Jack Mcgahan also showed good form with the bat again as he added 28 to help Liam push the total along.
For Methley, skippered by former WCC player Grant Soames, pick of the bowling attack was Marcus Walmsley who took 4-59 from his 15 overs.
In reply, Methley lost wickets at regular intervals to hamper any real chance of chasing down the required total. Adam Patel scored an eye catching 65 not out but could not find anyone to build a meaningful partnership with. Muhammad Bilal with 4 wickets and Elliot Richardson with 3 did most of the damage as WCC dismissed the visitors for 181 inside 40 overs.
In the 2nd XI fixture at Batley, Woodlands batted first and posted 198 all out. Opener Liam Brearley made 60 and Tom Clee 62. In reply, the home side were dismissed for 186 with Tom Clee, Rob Medcalf & Jack Bleazard sharing the wickets between them, along with a couple of run outs, to guide WCC to a 12 run win.
Wednesday 16th May 2018
Ishfaq Ahmad Makes 139* On Home Debut!
Ishfaq Ahmad had a weekend of contrasting fortunes as Woodlands got the first taste of what he has to offer in the weekend's action. On Saturday, he was out very first ball as one kept very low on the newly re-laid Tofts Road wicket, but on Sunday, he showed he felt immediately at home at Albert Terrace with a brilliant 139 not out to guide WCC through in the Heavy Woollen Cup against Townville.
Saturday's league action saw a low scoring affair at Pudsey St Lawrence, where the home side, batting first, were bowled out for 93, with only 3 players reaching double figures. 3 wickets each for Muhammad Bilal, Chris Brice & Elliot Richardson for Woodlands who went to tea in a very strong position against a side who had taken a maximum 40 league points from their opening 2 league games.
Saturday 12th May 2018
Double Weekend For 1st XI
It's a busy weekend for Woodlands 1st XI as they play at Pudsey St Lawrence in the league this afternoon and then entertain Townville at Albert Terrace in the 2nd round of the Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup. St Lawrence are the early pace setters in the league after taking maximum points from their opening 2 fixtures under new skipper Chris Marsden. Woodlands will be boosted however by last week's performance against New Farnley, as well as the arrival of new overseas Ishfaq Ahmad.
This will be the first game on the re-laid square at Tofts Road so that will add an unknown dimension to the game.
At Albert Terrace this afternoon, WCC 2nd XI also face Pudsey St Lawrence with last week's victory having moved Steven Pearson's boys to the top of the fledgling league ladder. PLS have only played one game so far, in which they beat local rivals Pudsey Congs.
Sunday sees the return of Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup action and Woodlands face fellow Bradford Premier League side Townville at Albert Terrace.
Saturday 12th May 2018
Good Wins For Both Senior Sides
A good weekend for WCC saw both sides register their first league victories of the season. Mark Lawson took 5 wickets and scored a vital 49 as New Farnley were beaten by WCC 1st XI at Albert Terrace in a match that saw the momentum switch from one side to the other several times.
Woodlands batted first and once again lost early wickets to find themselves at 48-4 but a half century from Greg FInn and 49 from Mark Lawson helped the home side recover to post 208-8 from their 50 overs. Jack McGahan (28) and Muhammad Bilal (28*) both chipped in well too.
In reply, New Farnley started strongly, with Martin Andersson racing to 50 at almost a run a ball and he was well supported by Simon Lambert (20). Once the first wicket fell though, New Farnley had no answer to the spin pair of Mark Lawson (5-44) & Kez Ahmed (3-36) as they took 8 wickets between them to rattle through the visitor's batting order.
When the final wicket fell, New Farnley had only batted for 38.2 overs and a victory margin of 73 runs for WCC was much larger than many had been expecting 10 overs in to the 2nd innings!
At New Farnley, 2 wickets for Tom Clee with the first 2 deliveries of the game set Woodlands on their way to a win over the 2017 league winners.
New Farnley were dismissed for 118 with the wickets shared around the WCC attack. In reply, Kieran Rodger (40) & Kieran Collins (38*) starred with the bat to steer Woodlands to 121-7 to wrap up a 3 wicket victory.
Saturday 5th May 2018
WCC Heavy Woollen Cup Defence Starts Well
Woodlands put in a strong performance on Sunday, as skipper Tim Jackson led from the front with a sparking 117 to see his side through to round 2 of the Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup. In an attacking display, which helped to warm the chilled spectators on a very cold afternoon, Jackson, was well supported by Greg Finn (46*) as the home side's total of 136-3 was passed with over 18 overs to spare. Luke Williamson (54*) and Alex Scholefield (42*) top scored for the Huddersfield League side. Woodlands have been drawn to face Townville at home in round 2 on Sunday 13th May.
Sunday 29th April 2018
WCC Defence Begins Today
Woodlands begin the defence of the Heavy Woollen Cup today with a tough visit to Kirkburton. Having suffered an early setback at Hanging Heaton in the league yesterday, Woodlands will be hoping to get straight back on the horse and put in a much stronger performance against the Huddersfield League outfit.
Sunday 29th April 2018
WCC Beaten By Champions
With last weekend's fixtures being postponed, that gave Woodlands arguably the toughest opening match possible, with a visit to the home of 2017 champions Hanging Heaton. Having won the toss and decided to bat, Woodlands got off to an awful start, with Skipper Tim Jackson out withouth troubling the scorers, caught behind off the bowling of Tom Chippendale.
Further damage was done by the young opening bowler, who finished the match with 5 victims, as the wickets of Greg Finn and Cieran Garner soon followed. There was no respite from the other end either as David Stiff was miserly, conceding just 16 runs from his 12.3 overs, as well as picking up 4 wickets.
Woodlands found themselves 38-5 following the dismissal of Mark Lawson and staring down the barrel. Sam Frankland offered some resistance as he scored 34 but was offered very little support, with Liam Collins (20) and Usman Salim (11) being the only other batsman to make it in to double figures.
A brief rain delay brought an early tea, but the home side wasted no time polishing off the visitors with the last wicket falling for just 96 from 38.3 overs.
In a match where Duckworth Lewis Stern came into play, Hanging Heaton had little trouble reaching their revised target of 93 with Gary Fellows scoring 31. Kez Ahmed grabbed 2 of the 3 wickets to fall in an afternoon to forget for Woodies.
In the 2nd XI fixture at Albert Terrace, it was a MUCH closer contest as the game finished as a tie! Hanging Heaton batted first and made 140 all out from 49.3 overs, thank mainly to a determined 38 from number 9 batsman Jordan Geldart. Tom Clee grabbed 4-31 from his 15 overs and Kieran Rodger took 3-27.
In reply, Woodlands top order also struggled as they were reduced to 75-5 at one stage. Jack Bleazard (33) and Kieran Rodger (25) rebuilt the innings though and Woodlands needed 5 to win from the last over to win the game. 4 was scored leaving the game as a tie in a nail biting finish.
Sunday 15th April 2018
First Weekend Postponed
Due to the recent wet weather, hampering many clubs in their efforts to prepare their grounds, the opening week of the season has now been postponed and WCC will open 2018 at Hanging Heaton on April 28th.
Tuesday 27th March 2018
WCC Lose In National Indoor Semi Final
Woodlands journey in the 2018 ECB indoor tournament came to an end on Sunday at the finals day, held at Lords. A great effort by the side had seen them progress through several rounds to make it to the last 4 in the country. It was not to be however in the semi-final, as they were just edged out by eventual winners Hagley CC from Worcestershire.
Monday 26th February 2018
Sir Lawrence Byford, CBE, QPM, DL
Woodlands Cricket Club are sad to learn of the passing of Sir Lawrence Byford, WCC Vice President & long time friend of the club. Sir Lawrence opened our sports hall in 1991 and also wrote the foreword for our centenary year celebratory book in 1994.A devoted family man, Sir Lawrence was married for 67 years to his sweetheart, Muriel (nee Massey). She survives him, along with three children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Woodlands Cricket Club would like to convey our deepest condolences to his family at this sad time.
Sir Lawrence Byford, 1925 – 2018
Monday 8th January 2018
Junior Indoor Nets
Christmas & New Year out of the way, thoughts turn to the start of the cricket season! While warm summer days are still some way off, our junior training starts later this month (indoor of course!). The training starts on Saturday 27th January in our sports hall and will run from 6pm - 7.30pm every week. The cost is unchanged at £2 per child, per week, which is great value for money when you take in to account the facilities we offer & the number of qualified coaches in attendance every week.
Monday 8th January 2018
Happy New Year!
Woodlands Cricket Club would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope that 2018 brings you everything you hope for and more!