WOODLANDS defeated New Farnley by 11 runs in a closely-fought Solly Sports Crowther Cup final at Scholes yesterday.

The two teams are currently battling it out for The All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League second teams' Premier Division title, and it is easy to see why.

Woodlands lost opener Cieran Garner early when they batted first, but fellow opener Liam Brearley stood firm to make 35.

A number of the middle order got starts but failed to make a telling contribution, and it was left to No 9 Josh Griffin (37no) to swell the final total to 212-8.

Sam Barraclough was the pick of the New Farnley bowlers with 3-36.

New Farnley got their reply off to the worst possible start when Aidan Langley was dismissed by Tom Clee without a run on the board.

When Joe Bedford was dismissed with the score on two, the signs did not look good for New Farnley, but opener Joe Suggitt and Alex Baldwin didn't let the situation worry them.

They put on 123 for the third wicket before Suggitt was dismissed for 46.

Baldwin continued to lead the run chase as wickets tumbled around him, hitting a six and seven fours before being dismissed by Clee for a fine 77.

Scoreboard pressure proved too great for New Farnley, however, as they finished on 201-7, with Clee the pick of the bowlers with 3-40.

So Woodlands were celebrating what they hope will be a trophy treble.

They currently lead the chase for the league title and face Bowling Old Lane in next Sunday's Priestley Shield final at Methley.