THE MATCH between Hanging Heaton and Delph and Dobcross finally took place on Wednesday night, with the latter progressing to the second round of the Heavy Woollen Cup.
After 150 miles of travelling and several hours of waiting around, before seeing the game twice postponed, Hanging Heaton were relieved to finally take to the pitch, but unfortunately for them they couldn’t find their top form despite having a superb start to the season.
The Bennett Lane club have already clinched a total of seven wins out of seven for the first and second XI’s in League and Cup competitions before the Delph game.
With skipper Gary Fellows having hit 81 and 100 the first team have collected wins at Farsley and Woodlands in the league and have already disposed of Doncaster and South Kirkby in the ECB Knockout competition.
But, the trip to Delph posed a different problem as Hanging Heaton were unable to select a full-strength side.
Fellows hit a top-scoring 46 in his side’s 154-4 but the home side managed 156-4 in reply to secure a comfortable win and a place in the next round.
Next up for Fellows and his men is their first home game of the season tomorrow, when Premier Division newcomers Scholes are the visitors to Bennett Lane, while Sunday sees the second round of the Heavy Woollen Cup.
Hanging Heaton have missed out on a game with Wrenthorpe but Birstall will be at home to Moorlands, Hopton Mills play Townville, and Ossett are at home to South Yorkshire side Treeton, who still have former Spen Victoria, Gomersal and Hanging Heaton all-rounder Steve Foster figuring prominently with both bat and ball despite being in his 50th year.
Cleckheaton made it two wins out of two when Andrew Deegan’s 4-42 and an unbeaten 73 from Chris Holliday helped them to a seven-wicket win over promoted Morley.