Cup of woe for most of local cricket sides

Hanging Heaton and Gomersal are the only two original Heavy Woollen District clubs to make the second round draw of this year’s Heavy Woollen Cup competition after a disastrous first round for the district’s clubs.

A resounding 10-wicket win for Hanging Heaton over Great Preston (186-9), led by a superb 116 not out from skipper Gary Fellows, and 65 from Nick Connelly in a match-winning, unbroken, 189-run opening stand, secured a home tie with holders Pudsey Congs in round two.

First Division Congs secured their trip to Bennett Lane on May 10 when they crushed Bradford League Second Division newcomers Scholes by an incredible 368-run margin.

Batting first, Congs ran up a massive 447-6, with Andrew Bairstow, brother of England and Yorkshire man Johnny, top-scoring with 87. Scholes effectively conceded defeat from the outset as they batted out for just 79-6 in reply.

Gomersal faced a tricky tie at fellow Second Division Bradford side Baildon, but Graham Hilton’s young side emerged as comfortable winners when newcomers Ben Hyde (60) and Craig Woodhead (6-16) helped secure a 113-run win to set up a home tie with Huddersfield Leaguers Delph and Dobcross in round two.

Elsewhere was a disaster for the district, with no Central Yorkshire League side progressing.

Birstall came close at Townville, but fell just seven runs short chasing a modest 150, Liversedge lost by eight wickets at home to Kirkburton, despite an unbeaten 66 from Will Atkin in their 232-6, and Ossett lost by 74 runs at Shepley where an unbroken eighth-wicket stand for the home side, between Rashid’s 161 and Glover’s 54, proved their undoing.

Mirfield Parish Cavaliers put up a fight at Oakenshaw side Woodlands, making 281, but they were never going to match the Bradford Leaguers’ 415 as Birstall-born Chris Brice (109) ultimately proved the big difference between the sides.

There was no joy either for Bradford League Second Division teams Spen Victoria, who lost by 69 runs at Huddersfield League side Scholes, or Hartshead Moor, who were beaten by 120 runs at Methley.

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