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Hanging Heaton are Yorkshire Premier League champions

Hanging Heaton are Yorkshire Premier League champions

24 Sep 2017

Hanging Heaton are the new champions of Yorkshire after a thrilling three-run win over Wakefield Thornes at Headingley.

It was an afternoon when the time quite literally ran out for the 2016 Yorkshire Premier League Play-Off winners Wakefield Thornes.

They received a five-run penalty for not bowling their oversin the required limit of three hours ten minutes and it proved crucial.

Hanging Heaton, who made 231 in 49.4 overs, restricted theiropponents to 228-6, in a tense finish to add the White Rose Trophy to the League Championship and T20 Cups they won earlier.

Callum Geldart followed up his 90 not out against York witha man-of-the-match winning 85 which revived his side from 16-2.

A jubilant skipper Gary Fellows said afterwards: "Whata weekend, We produced the perfect performance to beat York and have now shownreal character to win the final.

"We were not at our best but we pulled through. Callumplayed a great innings while our three bowlers David Stiff, Tom Chippendale andMuhammad Rameez were superb.

"They held their nerve at the end and it is great tohave won the competition.

"I think the format has been great, to play atHeadingley is special even for players like me who have been here before.

"This is a great way to end the season and full creditto the lads."

Bradford Premier League chairman David Young said: "Congratulations to Hanging Heaton for becoming the first side from our league to win the White Rose Trophy.

"It was a tremendous game and they had to work hard to win. They have are a credit to the league and this crowns a wonderful season."

Hanging Heaton had to show their character to defeat adetermined Thornes side who were anxious to retain their crown.

in the early stages they struck two crucial blows asMahmood Rasool removed both Fellows and Joe Fraser cheaply.

With the prolific Nick Connolly unavailable it put theirbatting line-up under strain, but Geldart rose to the challenge.

He needed a couple of slices of luck as the ball movedaround early on and was dropped on two and 18.

Richard Foster, in his last game before retirement, proved auseful ally and made a valuable36 in a stand of 104.

Geldart upped the tempo with some forceful play. He struckthree sixes and ten fours before falling for 85.

Left-arm spinner Akila Isanka was the best of the Thornes bowlerswith 4-53 as wickets were sacrificed in pursuit of runs.

Hanging Heaton were finally all out for 231 with two ballsof their 50 overs remaining.

It looked a below par score, especially when Jared Warnerand James Wolfenden made a bright start to the Thornes innings.

Hanging Heaton were sloppy in the field, dropping a numberof catches and allowing unnecessary runs.

Thornes were looking in control even when their dangermanDavid Toft was run out by a rare piece of good fielding.

Warner looked in control until he was lbw to left armspinner Muhammad Rameez for 68.

The target came down to 32 from four overs, at which pointChippendale and Stiff responded to their captain's call.

Thornes needed 15 from the final over and though their captain Tom Froggett hit fours from the last two balls of Stiff's final over,Hanging Heaton were winners by three runs.

Match scorecard

Pictures: Ray Spencer