WOODLANDS' new captain says he has always had the desire to make history at the club.

Cieran Garner - known by his teammates as "Bubba" for his love of garlic shrimp - has come through the ranks and is now leading the first team into Bradford Premier League battle.

The right-handed opening batsman feels positive about the captaincy.

Garner said: "Obviously I've been at Woodlands most of my life - to be honest, it's always been an ambition of mine to not only play first team but to lead the club, to lead the first team.

"I've seen a couple of Woodlands legends make history at the club and it's always been a desire of mine to do the same.

"Or at least achieve some of their success, if not it all."

Woodlands' latest frontman follows in the footsteps of club legends such as Tim Orrell and Pieter Swanepoel.

Garner says he would love to emulate their success, which he describes as unheard of.

He added: "If I can do half the job that Tim, or even Pieter Swanepoel, did then I'll be more than happy with that."

Woodlands have started the season well, but dropped out of the Heavy Woollen Cup to Hoylandswaine recently.

The aim now is for a league and Priestley Cup double, says Garner, who believes Woodlands have a strong roster.

He added: "We've obviously signed Brad Schmulian as our overseas player this year, who has played first class cricket.

"He's one of our star attractions.

"We've got some trusty servants in the likes of Chris Brice with the ball, Tim Jackson with the bat.

"Then we've got a couple of amazing stars in Liam Collins, Elliot Richardson, Scott Richardson.

"We've got a real blend of youth and experience.

"It'd probably be unfair of me to single anyone out given the amount of talent we've got in the team.

"I guess it's more, if we can pull in the right direction together on more occasions than not then we'll be right up there."

Woodlands sit joint-second in the league and come up against their point-sharing rivals, Hanging Heaton, this weekend.

Garner is expecting one of the toughest games of the season.

He said: "They're a top quality side, most people's favourites to win the league, which I guess puts the pressure over to them.

"As with any sport, you always want to challenge yourself and play against the best.

"That's certainly what's going to happen on Saturday."

Another stand-out tie in the Premier Division sees leaders Wrenthorpe travel to Farsley.

In the Championship One, the two top sides - Batley and Keighley - should remain neck-and-neck with each other as they play the duo at the bottom.

There should be some fun had between Bankfoot and Morley, who are only separated by a point, fourth and fifth respectively.