HANGING HEATON and Cleckheaton meet at Bennett Lane tomorrow in what could be the match of the day in the All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League top flight despite both finding themselves on the wrong end of shock Bank Holiday Monday results.
Both clubs went into Monday’s games having closed the gap on leaders Pudsey St Lawrence with outstanding wins at home to Pudsey Congs and Woodlands respectively.
Joe Fraser and Ishy Dawood led Hanging Heaton to 267-6 against Pudsey Congs, winning by 35 runs as former Yorkshire paceman Davis Stiff took 5-54, but the visit to lowly East Bierley saw them let the game slip after dominating the early stages.
Bierley, without former England one day international Gavin Hamilton, had slumped to 76-6 when Mathew Lumb was joined by Tom Ormondroyd but the seventh wicket pair added 68 in 39 minutes before Ormondroyd was lbw to Muhammed Rameez for 29.
Lumb went on to make what proved a match best 41 not out, as his side closed on 155-9, and then took 4-37 to leave the visitors on the back foot at 41-6.
Immy Dawood hit 26 to revive Hanging Heaton’s hopes but Awais Ejaz took 3-7 in 11 balls to seal a 57 run win with 27 overs to spare.
Cleckheaton began the weekend with an outstanding 79 run win over Woodlands at Moorend, which featured a sensational unbroken 224 run partnership between Chris Holliday (151) and Muhammed Khan (107) in only 96 minutes.
But Monday’s game, at home to a promoted Scholes side still looking for their first win, looked a formality for Cleck as they raced to 135.
Holliday was their third man out for 41 but Mohammed Khan kept up the momentum with 71 off 76 balls before being last out.
The problem was he rapidly ran out of partners in the middle of the innings as Scholes skipper James Stansfield took 4-49 in 15 overs to leave Cleckheaton all out for 226 in 48.4 overs.
Scholes batted steadily right through the innings and the failure to bat out their overs ultimately proved Cleckheaton’s undoing as Rizwan Ahmed (81 not out) struck the winning runs with only two balls remaining of the extra over they had been given.
It is likely to be another tough encounter for Scholes at the other promoted side, Morley, tomorrow but they must have got some much need confidence from the win at Cleckheaton.
Meanwhile East Bierley will undoubtedly feel better about themselves too as they prepare to take on Pudsey St Lawrence.