Hanging Heaton saved by the weather

Hanging Heaton saved by the weather

HANGING HEATON and Batley were undone by the weather in the All Rounder Bradford Premier League last weekend as the Premier Division and Championship A leaders respectively both saw their games washed out while their rivals won.

It was not going great for Hanging Heaton in their game at Cleckheaton when rain brought proceedings to a close, with the Bennett Lane men needing 45 off 14 overs with only two wickets remaining.

With only nine points from the game they find themselves two behind Pudsey St Lawrence ahead of a visit from Morley tomorrow.

St Lawrence went top after making short work of an eight-wicket win at East Bierley and are sure to pose problems tomorrow for visitors Cleckheaton.

There were 10 games abandoned due to the weather in the four divisions but, unfortunately for Batley, second-placed Yeadon finished seven-wicket winners over Birstall and are now only 13 points behind Batley with a game in hand.

Batley had to settle for just six points from their abandoned Championship derby game with Liversedge. They will need to win their game at Hunslet Nelson tomorrow and hope for Ossett to produce an upset at home to in-form Yeadon.

Liversedge are without a game this week and the same goes for Gomersal in Championship B.

Elsewhere, because of Spen Victoria’s preparations to stage the Priestley Cup final between Pudsey St Lawrence and Woodlands on Sunday, their home league game with Gomersal was played last Sunday with Gomersal completing a comfortable five-wicket win.

It proved a highly successful weekend for Gomersal’s Jon Boynton, who top-scored with 49 against Spen having hammered 144 off the Wrenthorpe attack the previous day.

Second-placed Wrenthorpe now find themselves 49 points behind leaders Townville with only four games to play after their match with Gomersal was abandoned.

As for Spen, their defeat on Sunday followed a loss at the hands of Bowling Old Lane the previous day and are now third-bottom, having played a game more. They appear unlikely to escape the bottom four along with Hopton Mills, Hartshead Moor and Brighouse.

In the Conference Buttershaw St Pauls’ former Spen Victoria and Gomersal all rounder ‘Tosh’ Baker hit 106 and took 3-43 at Rodley to pick up maximum points for his side and move them 14 points clear of second-placed Northowram with a game in hand.

With Ossett already collecting the Jack Hampshire Cup there was more silverwear for the district when Liversedge beat Northowram in the Second XI’s Wheatley Cup competition after captain/wicket keeper Jonny Trevitt carried his bat for a match-winning 71 in their five-wicket success.

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