Quarter-finals await for Hanging Heaton

HANGING HEATON will visit holders Bradford and Bingley in the quarter-final of the All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League’s Priestley Cup on June 26, after a victory over Championship B leaders Townville in a rain-affected second-round game.

Bingley progressed comfortably, beating Methley by 88 runs, but it was a different story at Bennett Lane where run rate determined the outcome after rain prevented completion of the match.

The calculations proved a triumph for Hanging Heaton skipper Gary Fellows, who scarcely deserved to be on the losing side after an outstanding display of batting had seen him run up a score of 170, hitting four sixes and 22 fours, in helping his side to 310-5 in their 50 overs.

It looked a foregone conclusion as Townville slumped to 89-5 in reply, but a superb response from Connor Harvey, 87 not out off 47 balls, and skipper Nick Bresnan (52), took them to 232-6 with 12.1 overs remaining before heavy rain halted proceedings.

The scoring rate was calculated on the basis of completed overs and Hanging Heaton’s 6.2 just pipped Townville’s 5.89 but, had the last over been completed – and the visitors hit a four off that final ball, the game would have gone to Townville by .0105 of a run.

In the other games played Baildon went through against Carlton on a faster scoring rate, but the remaining five ties were disrupted by the weather, with no result possible, and will therefore be replayed this Sunday.

Gomersal are at Undercliffe, playing for the right to entertain Pudsey St Lawrence or Wrenthorpe in the last eight, Cleckheaton go to Woodlands hoping to secure a home tie with Baildon and Batley are at Lightcliffe with a tie at Yeadon or Scholes awaiting the winners.

In the Priestley Shield Hanging Heaton won at Batley, Cleckheaton beat Spen Victoria at Moorend and Idle won at Gomersal, but Bowling Old Lane v Birstall, Wakefield St Michaels v Ossett, Morley v East Bierley, Azaad v Woodlands, and Farsley v Lightcliffe will try again this Sunday.

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