HANGING Heaton CC finished last season a point behind Cleckheaton in the Bradford League top flight but last week there was a wider gulf between the sides when they met at Bennett Lane – with the home side winning by five wickets.
Batting first, Cleckheaton were shot out for 85 in the 42nd over, as Muhammed Rameez took 4-14, and a top scoring 30 from skipper Gary Fellows helped steer them home.
Hanging Heaton moved into second place following that win and will be confident of maintaining their challenge to early season leaders Pudsey St Lawrence when they go to neighbouring Morley tomorrow.
However, after inflicting that disappointing defeat on Cleckheaton last week they are now hoping their rivals do them a favour.
As the current fourth-placed team any win for Cleckheaton is welcome as far as skipper John Wood is concerned but tomorrow’s game at home to Pudsey St Lawrence is as important to them as it is to Hanging Heaton.
Champions St Lawrence have begun the new season in fine form, so any team who aims to topple them this time just cannot afford to let them get too far ahead so early in the campaign.
East Bierley, at home to Pudsey Congs, are still a little too close for comfort to the relegation zone and Scholes, still propping up the table despite winning their last two games, desperately need to make it a hat-trick of wins when they entertain Bradford and Bingley.
In the other Premier Division games Farsley are at home to Lightcliffe, while Oakenshaw side Woodlands, struggling for consistency this season under the captaincy of former Cleckheaton opener Tim Jackson, entertain New Farnley at Albert Terrace.