Hanging Heaton remain in title contention

RAIN once again restricted play last weekend in the All Rounder Bradford Cricket League, and with only three weeks of the season to go the destination of three divisional titles remains in the balance. 

Hanging Heaton and Pudsey St Lawrence are neck and neck in the Premier Division with Batley and Yeadon similarly placed in Championship A – but how much of the outcome will depend on the weather?

The number of abandoned games across the league programme once again reached double figures last weekend and although the top two in the Premier were both affected, St Lawrence collected two more bonus points to go four points clear at the top.

Hanging Heaton’s game against Morley didn’t make the half-way stage as only 44 overs were completed, but nevertheless Morley scraped their way to 160-7.

St Lawrence were also thwarted by the weather despite making an early declaration in the hope of achieving a result at home to Cleckheaton.

Adam Waite’s 102 not out helped the home side to 246-2, but while Cleckheaton hit 61-1 off just six overs, John Wood making 31 not out, there was no chance of the game being completed.

Interestingly, even if the Bradford League operated the Duckworth Lewis system, which is in operation in other Yorkshire Premier Leagues, the failure to complete 10 overs, as was the case in Cleckheaton’s innings, would have prevented a result.

With so many games being abandoned due to the weather there is talk of the D/L system being introduced next season in an attempt to achieve more results – even if it is only in the Premier Division.

Tomorrow (Sat) Hanging Heaton will be hoping to take a step closer to this season’s Premier Division title when they welcome Bradford and Bingley to Bennett Lane for the penultimate game of the season. Hanging Heaton could clinch the title in next week’s final day encounter against New Farnley.

Meanwhile Pudsey St Lawrence go to relegation-threatened Morley tomorrow before a home finale against Bradford and Bingley.

In other news the Bingley game marks the end of a very special week for Hanging Heaton scorer John Virr, who was the official scorer for England in their ODI with Pakistan at Headingley yesterday.

“I was a bit nervous beforehand,” said Virr.

“But once the game was underway it all became second nature.

“I have been scoring for most of Yorkshire’s second team games over the last couple of years and I have done an England Under 17 game, but this was obviously my biggest game so far and a great privilege to be asked.”

Elsewhere, games across the district will begin at 12noon in September as opposed to the usual time of 1pm.

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