LAST weekend was a mixed bag for Premier Division Hanging Heaton as the reigning champions still find themselves trailing current leaders New Farnley – a side looking increasingly like being their nemesis this season.
New Farnley have an 18-point lead over third-placed Hanging Heaton going into this week’s games and last week they progressed to the Priestley Cup semi-final with a comfortable six-wicket win in the quarter clash between the two sides at Lawns Lane.
In the league a 20-run win at Cleckheaton kept Hanging Heaton in the title race but skipper Gary Fellows, having hit 51 out of 99 when he was second out, owed much to a fine unbeaten 95 from number three Joe Fraser in reaching a total of 266 for seven.
Cleckheaton made a fight of it and though Tayyab Tahir collected 100 he could never get the right support around him and another grilling looks on the cards with the visit of New Farnley to Moorend tomorrow.
Hanging Heaton will be hoping to shake off the disappointment of their cup exit when they go to mid-table Woodlands who, though they have been inconsistent in the league this season, made short work of Gomersal in the Priestley Cup to sail through by nine wickets after bowling out the Championship One side for just 87. Kes Ahmed took 5-7 in 4.5 overs for Woodlands.
The Priestley Cup semi final sees Townville at home to Woodlands while holders New Farnley are at neighbouring Farsley.
In the Premier Division relegation battle Cleckheaton are 29 points clear of second bottom Scholes while bottom club East Bierley are 27 adrift of third bottom Bradford and Bingley in what looks like being a three horse race to avoid the drop.
With Scholes at Townville, East Bierley at home to Farsley and Bradford and Bingley at home to Methley there seems to be little likelihood of much change this week.
Hanging Heaton have another double weekend ahead when they follow their league game at Woodlands with a home game against Huddersfield League champions Hoylandswaine in the semi-final of the Heavy Woollen Cup on Sunday.