Heavy Woollen Cup semi-final review

Heavy Woollen Cup semi-final review

Hanging Heaton will play New Farnley in this year's Heavy Woollen Cup final at Spen Victoria on Sunday, August 5.

It will be a repeat of the 2013 final which Hanging Heaton won by six wickets and promises to be a a mouth-watering climax to this season's competition.

The two Bradford Premier League heavyweights had markedly contrasting  semi-final victories. Hanging Heaton bounced back from their league defeat by Clecklheaton 24 hours earlier with an emphatic seven-wicket win over the powerful Drakes Huddersfield League champions Hoylandswaine while New Farnley edged a nail-biting one wicket win over Methley with one ball to spare.

Methley will rue the fact they were bowled out for 241 with ten balls of their innings remaining.Jodan Laban (72) and Marcus Walmsley (64)  were top scorers for Methley against a bowling attack  in which former England and Yorkshire pademan Ajmal Shahzad took 3-44 and spinner Luke Jarvis (3-40).

Wicketkeeper Steve Bullen (70) and skipper Lee Goddard  (57) led the New Farnley reply, but once they were out, wickets tumbled and the Premier Division leaders found themselves struggling at 231-9 and still needing 11 to win.

The last pair of Alex Lilley and Jarvis were up to the task as they edged their side to a dramtic victory on the ground where they lifted the cup with victory over Hoylandswaine in 2016.

Beaten finalists in the previous three seasons, Hoylandswaine made a brisk start against Hanmging Heaton with their former Spen Victoria and East Bierley opener Gharib Nawaz making a brisk 32.

Hanging Heaton were unperturbed and soon seized the initiative With David Stiff (3-24) and Chris Goodair (3-28) helping to dismiss the visitors for a modest 140.

Callum Geldart, who has a stunning Heavy Woolen Cup record, made an unbeaten 50 and skipper Gary Fellows (40) as a surprisingly comfortable seven-wicket win was achieved.

Top picture: Hanging Heaton batsman Callum Geldart Picture: Ray Spencer