HANGING HEATON head into Sunday’s Sovereign Health Care Priestley Cup final at Farsley aiming to complete a stunning hat-trick.
Skipper Mark Lawson, pictured, has been disappointed with his side’s league form overall but, with a Heavy Woollen Cup crown secured as well as Hanging Heaton’s recent Priestley Shield success, only Lightcliffe stand between the club and a remarkable triple triumph.
Halifax-based Lightcliffe promise to be formidable opponents, especially in terms of batting which former Yorkshire and Derbyshire talent Chris Taylor heads up. His 2013 tally of 458 runs at an average of more than 50 speaks for itself.
Factor in the runs from Charles Roebuck (594 at almost 50), Oliver Robinson (405 at 40), Alex Stead (587 at 45) and the contribution of overseas all-rounder Suleman Khan (317 runs and 47 wickets) and any team is going to have a fight on their hands.
As for the Bennett Lane men, they have proved – in spite of disappointments had – they are no pushovers.
Impressive batting last time out at Saltaire, with star man Gary Fellows (103) and Jamie Sykes (72) leading the way, put them well in control before the rain came.
And following the six-wicket victory over Bradford & Bingley seven days prior, they arrive this weekend virtually free of any relegation worries.
With Fellows scoring 800 league runs in his first campaign with the club, Hanging Heaton can be very pleased with the recruitment work done during the closed season.
But one of the main keys to their cup success lies in skipper Lawson, having no fewer than seven bowlers to call on – and managing them particularly well.
A leg-spinner, Lawson has himself been successful with the ball.
And the juggling of his attack has enabled one-time Yorkshire bowler David Stiff to be incredibly effective during short spells, as his match-winning display in this month’s Heavy Woollen Cup final proved.
By Ryan Sparks