Fellows excels in Premier Division

HANGING HEATON are still clinging to the coat tails of leaders Pudsey St Lawrence after their resounding 128-run win at Bradford and Bingley moved them a point closer, but still 26 points adrift of top spot in the All Rounder Premier Division.

A century from skipper Gary Fellows (101) and 76 from his opening partner Nick Connolly gave Hanging Heaton the perfect start.

After closing on 240-6 they shot out Bingley for 112 with the help of a 4-9 return in seven overs from David Stiff.

That win will give Fellows confidence ahead of Sunday’s cup clash with Bingley, but tomorrow’s Premier Division game at home to fourth-placed New Farnley could be a tougher proposition, with Mark Lawson keen to do well against his old club.

Cleckheaton have had a disappointing season to date and their position in the bottom half of the table is a new experience for a side used to being amongst the title challengers every year.

Their 103-run defeat at the hands of Pudsey Congs last week was their fifth of the season and a win over East Bierley at Moorend tomorrow would be very welcome indeed.

However, with Bierley trying to climb out of the bottom half of the table themselves it will not be a walk in the park.

Scholes will be cursing their luck, after losing to New Farnley by just one wicket, but the bottom club cannot expect much respite with a visit tomorrow from an in-form third-placed Farsley side fresh from a win over Woodlands.

In the Championship, Batley, without a game last week, still lead the A Section but they have Liversedge to thank in part for that as the Roberttown Lane men beat an Undercliffe side also carrying title ambitions.

All of which leaves Batley’s clash at Undercliffe tomorrow as the stand-out game in the division.

Another key game, though, is at Birstall where they entertain Liversedge. That is a match neither can afford to lose in their current position while Ossett are at Saltaire in a mid-table encounter.

Townville are runaway leaders in B Section, with nine straight wins having given them a 44 point lead over Wrenthorpe and opened up a 58-point gap between them and third-placed Gomersal.

Gomersal, three-wicket winners at Bowling Old Lane last week are at Carlton tomorrow while Spen Victoria go to Townville looking to end that outstanding winning streak.

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