WITH the league title already in the hands of Woodlands, there was only relegation still to be decided on the final weekend of the Bradford Premier Division.
With the pressure off there was an upset for the champions when they slipped to an 11-run defeat at home to Cleckheaton.
Hanging Heaton secured a third-place finish after a 21-run win over relegated Undercliffe, hammering a very decisive ‘nail in the coffin’ of the Bradford club’s survival hopes, followed by a derby success at Cleckheaton the following day.
Cleckheaton’s fourth-bottom finish, only 23 points clear of relegation, will have been a disappointment but, after early-season disappointments, Hanging Heaton had a fine finish to the campaign – albeit without a trophy to show for it.
With four of their five bowlers picking up wickets, Callum Bethel taking the honours with a 4-33 return, Hanging Heaton definitely relied on a team effort to win it at Cleckheaton, although skipper Mally Nicholson (49) did his best to keep them at bay.
In the clash of the Kohler-Cadmore brothers it was Hanging Heaton’s Ben who just about came out on top, with 33 off 35 balls, while Cleckheaton’s Tom mustered just 29 at the top of the innings.