BY MIKE POPPLEWELL
HANGING HEATON have had major disruptions to their trophy-chasing campaign as a result of last weekend’s rain.
A 71-run win over fellow Premier League title-chasers Farsley on Saturday saw them move into third place in the Premier Division table, just 19 points behind leaders New Farnley.
Morning rain washed out the Vitality ECB Club T20 Area Final at Bennett Lane on the Sunday.
The T20 event has been put back to this Sunday so that means the scheduled Heavy Woollen Cup final at Spen Victoria, the potentially titanic clash between Hanging Heaton and New Farnley, has been re-scheduled for September 2 – a frustration for both Hanging Heaton and the Spen Victoria club.
Amid all that fixture shuffling and replanning Bennett Lane is the venue for another crucial clash tomorrow when relegation-threatened Scholes, led by former Hanging Heaton man James Stansfield, who will be doing his best to upset his old club’s title ambitions and boost his own side’s survival hopes, are the visitors.
Last week’s clash with Farsley, who had overtaken them in the table, was one Gary Fellows’ side had to win.
Not surprisingly, it was hard work at times but a fine top-scoring 64 from Callum Geldart and an unbeaten 37 from in form Ishy Dawood, and 23 runs in nine balls from James Keen in the closing overs, saw them clock up a total of 248 for six in this restricted overs contest.
That left Farsley to score at just over six an over in their 40 overs but while Dan Hodgson made a superb 84 off 73 balls, before being the last wicket to fall, wickets tumbled at the other end as Aqsad Ali claimed 4-25 off six overs to leave the home side 177 all out.
At the other end of the table it just had to happen didn’t it?
After a run of superb results Cleckheaton went to relegation-threatened Bradford and Bingley and crumbled to 78 for 9, chasing only 110 to win, and the home side were declared winners under the newly-introduced DLS method.
It was a poor reward for in-form Nick Walker whose 5-45 had seemingly bowled Cleck into a winning position.
Next up for Cleckheaton is another potential banana skin with the visit to Moorend from a Lighcliffe side who slipped uncomfortably close to the relegation zone after last week’s set back at third-bottom Scholes.