HANGING HEATON produced an impressive performance to defeat Yorkshire Vikings by five wickets in the Dyson Energy Services T20 Challenge on Monday.
Rain during the day looked to have left the game with little chance of going ahead, but as the sun emerged around 700 spectators were at Bradford & Bingley’s Wagon Lane to witness the Vitality ECB Club T20 champions’ win over the county side.
The young Vikings outfit won the toss and chose to bat, but Hanging Heaton produced a smart bowling performance to limit them to 135 for 6.
James Byrne (3-31) took half of the wickets for Hanging Heaton but the best contributions in minimising the score came from Callum Geldart and Callum Bethel, with the loss of just 14 and 18 runs respectively from their four overs.
Man of the match Geldart caught five of the six wickets as Yorkshire struggled to adapt to the pitch, with opener Harry Brook top-scoring with 23.
Geldart then scored 33 in the successful run chase as well, building a strong fourth-wicket partnership with Nick Connolly (37 not out) as they reached their target with 13 balls to spare.
Karl Carver (3-20) provided Yorkshire’s best effort with the ball but Heaton ultimately eased to victory.