Callum Geldart produced a stunning all-round performance to propel Hanging Heaton into the semi-finals of the Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup.
After scoring a magnificent 163 he took 5-57 with his off spin to help side secure a 74-run win over holdersa Woodlands at Bennett Lane.
There is something about the competition that brings the best out of the talented Geldart. In 2014 he hit three centuries – one in the final against Townville – as he helped his former club Pudsey Congs lift the cup.
Geldart, pictured above, arrived at the wicket with his side in trouble at 4-2 but he didn’t let the situation bother him. He unleashed a flurry of attacking strokes as he hit six sixes and 19 fours.
Ben Kohler-Cadmore (60) helped Geldart add 108 for the fourth wicket while big-hitting David Stiff actually outpaced the left-hander with an unbeaten 65 as the pair added 102 in just 11 overs for the sixth wicket. Stiff smashed six sixes as Hanging Heaton posted a total of 345-6.
Woodlands knew they faced a tough task chasing down such a target but they made a spirited effort. Liam Collins led the way with 78 while overseas player Ishfaq Ahmad again found the Heavy Woollen Cup welcome relief from his league struggles with 47 and Cieran Garner chipped in with 35 in a total of 271.
New Farnley, winners in 2016, defeated Huddersfield League side Shepley who lifted the trophy in 2011, by 117 runs.
Once again, their powerful batting line-up enabled them to build a formidable total of 296. In-form opener Martin Andersson (67) and Yorkshire’s Andrew Hodd (49) laid the foundations and Steve Bullen (80no) completed the job.
Opener Danny Wood top scored with 42 in Shepley’s 179 while left-arm spinner Luke Jarvis took 4-35 for New Farnley.
Huddersfield League champions Hoylandswaine, beaten finalist for the past three season, saw off five-times winners Wrenthorpe by six wickets to secure their place in the last-four.
James Glynn (44) top scored in Wrenthorpe’s 181 which was below par against a side of Hoylandswaine’s strength.
Former Woodlands and Scholes left-armer Christian Jackson took 3-22, but it was his side’s batsmen who stole the limelight.
Chris Holliday, no stranger in Bradford League and Central Yorkshire League circles, led the chase with 82, while Yorkshire opener Alex Lees made 33 and Max Joice (32no).
The remaining quarter-final between Methley and Wakefield Thornes will be played on June 24.