Hanging Heaton got off to an indifferent start at home to newly-promoted Townville, but they recovered well and their eventual 137-run win has put them in good heart ahead of tomorrow’s visit to Bradford and Bingley.
They were three down with only 74 on the board, and new-signing Callum Geldart back in the pavilion, but the consistent Nick Connolly (61) and Joe Fraser (55) got them back on track and then Ishy Dawood (30) and Josh Shaw (44 not out) helped take the score to 257 for six and run up maximum batting points.
David Stiff (2-29), Shaw (1-28), Geldart (4-32), skipper Gary Fellows (1-17) and Chris Goodair (2-13) then dismissed the visitors for 120 and chalked up maximum points.
Tomorrow’s opponents were on the end of a 98-run defeat at champions Pudsey St Lawrence as Richie Lamb’s five-wicket haul left the home side with only two men in double figures.
Woodlands looked to be struggling on 73-7 at home to Pudsey Congs but skipper Tim Jackson (43) and Kez Ahmed (44) staged a recovery and their 153 all-out proved too much for Congs, as Scott Richardson’s 5-9 reduced them to 88 all out.
Woodlands face a home derby with Cleckheaton who had a disappointing 22-run defeat at New Farnley, despite a fine 76 from Mally Nicholson and a 4-45 return from left arm spinner Andrew Deegan.
Batley’s Premier Division debut at Farsley proved a nightmare as they slumped to 55-8 with only a late rally taking them to 90 all out. Farsley made 93 in reply but still picked up four batting points under the new rules by virtue of only losing three wickets.
Tomorrow Batley go to Townville in what is a clash of last year’s winners of their respective divisions. The outcome of this game could give the Mount Pleasant side an indication of their long-term prospects.
Relegated Scholes got off to a useful start with a win over Gomersal at Oxford Road in a Championship One game, skipper James Stansfield stepping up to the mark in style. Coming on first change he took 5-28 and followed that with 27 in an unbroken stand of 73 with new signing Gareth Lee (45).
Stansfield’s men now take on Yeadon at New Popplewell Lane while Gomersal’s Graham Hilton takes his side to Ossett where the home side are still smarting from an almighty hammering by Lahore batsman Muhammed Akhlaq. His 214 not-out for Methley was three more than the entire Ossett side could muster in reply.
Akhlaq’s score came in a total of 357-3 and included 18 fours and 16 sixes in his 145-ball innings. Having only arrived in this country three days earlier it will be interesting to see how he goes when he is feeling fresh!
Birstall so often came unstuck against Wrenthorpe in their CYL days and it was no different on opening day. Chasing a total of 288-7 they managed only 192-9 in reply and will be looking for a better return at Bradford League founder members Undercliffe, who are embarking on their 114th consecutive season in the league.
In Championship Two tomorrow Hopton Mills, Spen Victoria and Hartshead Moor are at home to Idle, Keighley and Liversedge respectively while in the Conference, Crossbank Methodists are at Gildersome. Heckmondwike and Carlinghow are at home to newcomers Brook Walton.
Picture: James Stansfield (Scholes) bowls against Gomersal