HANGING HEATON CC go to bottom club Methley tomorrow hoping to shake off the disappointment of two defeats last weekend.
They were defeated in the league at Oakenshaw side Woodlands last Saturday, closely followed by their defence of the Heavy Woollen Cup coming to an end at Wickersley.
Rain proved disruptive for the third Saturday in succession and, with uncertain weather forecast again for tomorrow, it is proving difficult for sides to get into any sort of rhythm so far – and this is particularly true of Garry Fellows’ Hanging Heaton side.
Although Hanging Heaton made 139 for seven in the rain-affected 38-over game at Woodlands, the home side found themselves chasing 153 to win in the revised target under the Duckworth Lewis Stern regulations.
Woodlands’ left-arm spinner Chris Brice took 5-47 to tie down the Hanging Heaton batsmen.
But former Cleckheaton opener Tim Jackson, now captaining Woodlands, did not suffer the same constrictions and made a match-best 52 in a winning score of 155 for six.
That moved the Oakenshaw men into joint-top spot with Wrenthorpe after three games and next up is a trip to Townville tomorrow.
Cleckheaton have struggled a little with consistency in the past two years but they have the ability to pull the proverbial ‘rabbit out of the hat’ on occasions.
The battling performance at home to Lightcliffe, in completing a nail-biting four-run win, was one of those occasions.
The loss of Yorkshire’s Tom Kohler-Cadmore for the first ball did little to help Cleckheaton’s cause but a top-scoring 40 from former skipper John Wood helped lift their score to 162 for nine.
Although former Cleckheaton batsman Mark Gill hit 53 not out for the visitors, a 5-64 return from Andrew Deegan won it for the home side to put them in good spirits ahead of tomorrow’s game over at Pudsey St Lawrence.
In the other Premier Division games Wrenthorpe are at home to New Farnley, Lightcliffe entertain Farsley, and Bradford and Bingley have a visit from Undercliffe.
With five Dewsbury and District sides occupying the bottom seven places in Championship One, at least one of them looks likely to be embroiled in a relegation battle come the season’s end.
But Batley are in third place, just eight points behind leaders Keighley, going into their game at Scholes tomorrow.
Gomersal will be hoping to improve on their current eighth place when they go to bottom club Wakefield St Michaels, while second-bottom Hartshead Moor can expect little joy from their game at home to East Bierley, and Ossett could find visiting Bankfoot a bit of a handful.