HANGING HEATON go into the Bank Holiday programme with a superb seven wicket Group semi-final win over Barnsley in the ECB National Cup competition behind them.
Skipper Gary Fellows, who captained the Bradford League side in a T20 game against Yorkshire last night, was key to Hanging Heaton’s cup win with a 3-20 return, as Barnsley were dismissed for just 107, and then hit a quickfire 53 not out to see his side home in the 14th over.
The cup success will undoubtedly be a confidence-booster ahead of the weekend’s games at home to Pudsey Congs tomorrow (Sat), and at East Bierley on Monday, as the last two league games have had a disappointing outcome.
In their last Premier League outing, at reigning champions Pudsey St Lawrence, the normally prolific opening pair of Fellows and Nick Connelly were dismissed early and it took an innings-best 23-run partnership for the 10th wicket to get them past the century mark.
On a rain-affected day that led to a glut of abandoned games St Lawrence knocked off the 107 needed for victory in the 22nd over to go 18 points clear at the top, ahead of Morley, who had a last-over three-wicket win over New Farnley.
Cleckheaton’s game with Farsley was abandoned with their score on 71-5, chasing 166-7, while the games between East Bierley, at home to Woodlands, and bottom club Scholes, at Pudsey Congs, were abandoned without a single ball being bowled.
It wouldn’t be an English Bank Holiday without some disruption from the weather, but with this double weekend it is already an important time for the leading Premier Division sides and no-one will be wanting to slip too far behind the leaders so early in the season.
Scholes have had a difficult introduction to top-flight cricket and, like tomorrow’s visitors East Bierley, they are still looking for their first win.
This should be a close contest but Monday’s game promises to be a little tougher when they make the short trip down the valley to a Cleckheaton side going into the weekend games in fourth place.
Weather permitting it promises to be a bumper derby weekend for Cleckheaton, with Woodlands making the short journey from Oakenshaw to Moorend tomorrow and Scholes there on Monday.