Sunday sees the quarter finals of the Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup – a competition that is threatening to become something of a misnomer!
With Wakefield side Wrenthorpe at home to Barnsley-based Hoylandswaine, Huddersfield’s Shepley at home to New Farnley from Leeds and Methley playing host to Wakefield Thornes it falls to Hanging Heaton to fly the flag of the original Heavy Woollen district when they entertain Oakenshaw side Woodlands.
Holders Woodlands are usually considered a Bradford club, but their ground at Albert Terrace is actually within the six-mile radius of Batley Town Hall that was the original yardstick for entry into this competition.
With Hanging Heaton the reigning All Rounder Bradford Premier Division champions and Woodlands the Heavy Woollen Cup holders, this promised to be an epic clash when the draw was made – although last week’s league results might suggest otherwise.
Hanging Heaton warm up for this game with a tough fixture at home to a combative Methley side tomorrow, while Woodlands face a promoted Scholes side who are looking like early relegation candidates.
However, neither cup opponents covered themselves in glory in their last outings.
It was a short trip down the A638 to Moorend for Woodlands, but it must have seemed like a long way home after a disastrous batting display saw them skittled for 68, one of four teams failing to reach three figures, on the way to a five-wicket defeat by a resurgent Cleckheaton.
New signing Josh Thurwell, from Carlton, put the skids under Woodlands with a 6-23 return that left the visitors with only two men in double figures.
In reply Mally Nicholson’s men eased past the Woodlands total with five wickets to spare with Andy Gorrod, a bit-part player this season, on 13 not out with Nicholson not out for four at the other end.
A visit to winless East Bierley tomorrow gives Cleckheaton a fine chance to put their difficult start to the season behind them and continue their climb away from the lower end of the table.
Hanging Heaton had a fine opportunity to see off fellow front-runners Pudsey St Lawrence in their last game but they failed to grasp it.
Batting first the Bennett Lane men managed just 137 all out, Nick Connelly top-scoring with 35, and the home side made light work of their task with a 99-run opening stand and an eventual match best of 85 not out from opener Mark Robertshaw.