Rain hampers Hanging Heaton's title chances

LAST week’s All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League programme was a complete washout, leaving Hanging Heaton ‘high and dry’, so to speak, in the rain. 

Hopes of overhauling leaders, and reigning (or should that be ‘raining’) champions Pudsey St Lawrence are on a proverbial knife-edge.

In tomorrow’s final round of Premier Division games Hanging Heaton are at New Farnley, while St Lawrence are at home to Bradford and Bingley with just four points separating the two sides.

It really looks like being a photo finish, with bonus points, and the weather, perhaps having the final say in deciding the outcome of the title race. At the other end of the table Scholes were condemned to relegation after their game with New Farnley was abandoned.

That leaves Morley at Pudsey Congs, East Bierley at home to Cleckheaton, and Lightcliffe who welcome Woodlands, to battle it out to avoid relegation with Scholes.

In the Championship long-time B Division leaders Townville have been confirmed as winners after their game with second-placed Wrenthorpe was washed out.

Meanwhile in Division A Batley’s hopes of the title were improved when Yeadon had their game in hand abandoned.

With two games to go Batley are at home to Saltaire tomorrow before hosting Undercliffe, and Yeadon face Undercliffe ahead of their final match of the season against Baildon.

Just nine points separate the top two but  defeats for both at the hands of third-placed Undercliffe could put the Bradford club back in the mix and set up another nail-biting finale next week. On the other hand, wins for Batley and Undercliffe tomorrow will give Batley the title.

Ossett, Gomersal and possibly Birstall could secure a place in Championship One next season, but relegation from the Championships and promotion from the Conference remains largely dependant on the nature of the planned reorganisation for next season.

However, Buttershaw St Paul’s are hot favourites to move up a division as Conference winners.

Next season’s Championship Two, or whatever they decide to call the third tier, is likely to feature Liversedge, Lower Hopton and Spen Victoria.

But Brighouse and Hartshead Moor are in serious danger of a drop into the Conference along with Heckmondwike and Carlinghow and Crossbank Methodists.

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