The Press - Geldart’s knock leads to a big win

Hanging Heaton returned to the top of the Bradford Premier League Premier Division in style with a convincing win over previous leaders Farsley.

They now have to be careful to avoid slipping up in tomorrow’s derby clash at Mount Pleasant against Batley.

A magnificent best of the season for Callum Geldart set the Bennett Lane men on their way to a 163-run victory over in-form Farsley.

He reached 176 off 144 balls in an innings which included 22 fours and five sixes.

Despite the absence of leading run maker Nick Connolly, the Hanging Heaton innings finally closed on 311 for five, having been 23 for two.

It was a total the visitors never looked like chasing down.

The architect of Farsley’s demise was undoubtedly overseas spinner Muhammed Rameez, whose 6-47 included the removal of the complete middle order.

Four of those wickets fell with the score on 112.

Batley continue their fight for Premier Division survival tomorrow.

In their last game, half centuries from Muhammed Abubakar Khan (53) and Muhammed Tahir (50) helped Batley to 205 against Pudsey St Lawrence, but the home side cruised to a nine-wicket win to leave Batley third from bottom, just 13 points above Cleckheaton.

Cleckheaton’s woeful campaign shows no sign of improvement as they crashed at home to Townville.

This defeat further damaged their confidence ahead of a crucial derby against fourth-bottom East Bierley tomorrow.

Wicket keeper Mally Nicholson gave the Cleckheaton score some respectibility, making a top scoring 71 out of the 192 for six total. Townville opener Jonathan Booth made an unbeaten 110 to steer his side home with seven wickets and five overs to spare.

Bierley’s Umer Yaqoob (5-21) and Amar Rashid (4-16) bowled out Pudsey Congs for 102.

This was supported by long -serving keeper Mark Gill, who hit 44 not out at the top of the innings to secure a vital win.

The victory keeps them out of the relegation places and Congs deeper in trouble at the bottom.

Congs are sure to be wary of tomorrow’s visit from fourth-placed neighbours St Lawrence.

Third-placed Woodlands stayed on the tails of Hanging Heaton and Farsley after recovering from a disastrous start to complete an 81-run victory at Bradford and Bingley.

They now face a visit from mid-table Lightcliffe tomorrow.

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