A LOCAL presence will be lacking in the Heavy Woollen Cup third round, with only Hanging Heaton – from the JCT600 Bradford League – still in contention.
The Bennett Lane club still have their second round game to play, at Liversedge, while Pudsey Congs will replay Huddersfield-base Scholes after their game was abandoned.
But it was Birstall who sprang the surprise of the round when, having restricted the visitors to 163-9, they took their score to 153-7 after 35 overs†to win on a faster scoring rate.
Back to the league and Hanging Heaton looked well placed when they totalled 235-6 at home to Cleckheaton after a great innings from Joe Fraser (108 not out) and a useful 52 from David Stiff.
But Cleckheaton hit back in style. Tim Jackson grabbed 92 runs and Ammer Mahmood made 85 as John Wood’s men made 236-4 to snatch victory.
It is all to do again on Sunday, however, as Cleckheaton entertain Heaton in round two of the Priestley Cup.
Though prior to that the Moorenders play Division One pace-setters Manningham Mills, while Hanging Heaton’s Gary Fellows has the opportunity to pit his wits against former club Pudsey on home soil.
Other Priestley Cup ties involving the district’s sides see Division Two Hartshead Moor take on Manningham Mills. East Bierley go to Pudsey for an all-Division One and Woodlands tackle Undercliffe.
Gomersal welcomed back Richard Gould from injury and he returned in style with 44 out their 212-7 in a 76-run triumph at Idle.
Maz Senior finished highest with 55 as in-form Ryan Kitson took size wickets for 34 runs as Idle were bowled all out for 136.
Fourth-placed Spen Victoria lost their second game of the season, after being whitewashed for just 96 runs against Yeadon.
And they now face a tough task at league-leaders New Farnley.
Gomersal, meanwhile, will be hoping for a slightly easier ride at home to Windhill.