Hanging Heaton lose ground in title race after slipping to defeat by Methley

Cleckheaton's Joshua Thurwell claimed 5-38 but it wasn't enough to prevent defeat against bottom side East Bierley.
Cleckheaton's Joshua Thurwell claimed 5-38 but it wasn't enough to prevent defeat against bottom side East Bierley.

Hanging Heaton lost ground in the Allrounder Bradford Premier League title race after slipping to a second straight defeat at home to Methley last Saturday.

Defeat, which came on the back of a loss to Pudsey St Lawrence the previous week, means Heaton have slipped 19 points behind new leaders New Farnley, who returned to the summit after winning their top of the table clash with St Lawrence.

Hanging Heaton were well poised when Callum Geldart (85) and Ben Kohler-Cadmore (35) shared a fourth-wicket stand of 102 but they failed to capitalise and were restricted to 246 all out.

Overseas fast bowler Waqas Ahmed did most of the damage with 6-64, while captain Grant Soames supported with 4-50.

Crucially, Soames was dropped three times during a key innings of 75 as he shared a 140-run fourth wicket partnership with Adam Patel (79).

Heaton fought back with Josh Holling claiming three wickets as Methley slipped to 233-7 but scrambled to victory, which saw them claim a maximum 20 points and they are seventh but five points behind their third placed opponents.

Heaton will be aiming to avenge Saturday’s league defeat when the sides meet again in a tasty Priestley Cup second round tie at Little Church Lane on Sunday.

New Farnley returned to the top after a commanding eight-wicket win over previous leaders Pudsey St Lawrence.

Saints were well led by Mark Robertshaw (78) and Charlie Best (43) but saw their innings fall away from a promising position at 148-1.

They were pegged back and finished on 228-9 as Simon Lambert picked up 6-48.

Middlesex second teamer Martin Andersson led the New Farnley run chase with a sparkling knock of 115 not out.

Andersson struck two sixes and 13 fours and shared two century stands as New Farnley eased to their target with 8.4 overs to spare.

Andersson was joined in an opening stand of 107 by Lambert (51) and then shared an unbroken third-wicket partnership of 116 by Yorkshire’s Andrew Hodd, who finished 48 not out.