Thunderstorms halt cup's last four draw

Thunderstorms halt cup's last four draw

RAIN DISRUPTED the entire weekend programme in the All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League last week, with the Priestley Cup and Shield competitions once again being dominated by the weather.

Abandoned games, wins on a faster scoring rate and even a bowl out have so far helped to decide the outcome of Priestley Cup ties but Monday night’s semi-final draw sees both fixtures yet to be concluded.

Hanging Heaton are hanging on for the outcome of their Priestley Cup quarter-final game after play was halted by rain, while Scholes were unable to get a ball bowled in their tie against Lightcliffe at New Popplewell Lane on Sunday due to the previous day’s deluge covering the field in water.

Luck has certainly been with Hanging Heaton in their last two cup games. They progressed at the expense of Townville in the last round, with their opponents within a whisker of victory, and at Bingley last week they would have struggled if just three more overs had been bowled to complete the 10 needed for a game to be decided.

They try again this Sunday at Bradford and Bingley, with a home tie against Woodlands awaiting the winners in the semi-final on July 17.

The Scholes v Lightcliffe encounter is also scheduled for Sunday, with double-chasing Pudsey St Lawrence visiting the winners in the last four.

Everyone will be hoping for better luck with the weather for tomorrow’s league programme after only five out of 23 games were played to a finish.

In the Premier Division Cleckheaton make a short trip up the A58 to take on Lightcliffe with skipper John Wood hoping for a repeat of last week’s batting performance, in which he hit 62 against East Bierley, but there must be some concern over the lack of runs elsewhere.

Hanging Heaton have a tough game at in-form Farsley, former skipper Mark Lawson made 61 for New Farnley in their last game, while Scholes are at Woodlands, East Bierley are at home to Morley and current leaders Pudsey St Lawrence go to New Farnley. No games were completed in the Premier Division last week.

Spen Victoria did complete their game in Championship B, but they were on the wrong end of another sparkling performance from runaway leaders Townville. A 3-1 display with the ball from Jack Hughes shot them out for 78 and a quickfire 54 from Connor Harvey saw them race to a nine-wicket win in only 7.5 overs.

Birstall were desperately unlucky not to beat Liversedge when, after several stoppages at Leeds Road, rain washed out play with the visitors on 115-8 chasing 166. Saif ur-Rehmann took 6-58 for Birstall while Graham Winn followed up his 4-42 with a crucial top-scoring 27 to rescue Liversedge.

Crossbank were one of those to complete their fixture in the Conference when they slumped to a 10-wicket defeat at East Leeds, but they will not relish a return to action at Northowram Fields, where Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison is helping the home side mount a promotion challenge.

The other game of interest in this division is between East Ardsley and Heckmondwike, while in the Championship Gomersal have the unenviable task of attempting to make a dent in Townville’s 100 per cent record when the two sides meet at Oxford Road for a Section B clash.

Spen Victoria will be hoping to fare better than last week when they entertain Altofts in Championship B and in the same division Hartshead Moor are at Methley, whose seven-wicket win at Bowling Old Lane was the only other result in the Championship divisions last week. Meanwhile Hopton Mills go to Bankfoot.

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