Con­nolly em­u­lates Hud­son’s milestone for Hang­ing Heaton

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - CRICKET -

THE for­mi­da­ble Hang­ing Heaton open­ing pair­ing of Gary Fel­lows and Nick Con­nolly shared their sixth cen­tury stand of the sea­son to put their side on the way to vic­tory at Cleck­heaton and one hand on the Brad­ford League ti­tle.

With Fars­ley slump­ing to de­feat against New Farn­ley, Hang­ing Heaton opened a 26-point lead with two games to go.

Fel­lows scored 116 as the pair put on 153 and Con­nolly’s in­nings of 75 made him the first player from the club to pass 1,000 runs in a sea­son since Ron­nie Hud­son in 1980.

Cleck­heaton never looked likely to chal­lenge the vis­i­tors’ 244-6 de­spite late re­sis­tance from Qaisar Ashraf (41), and Muhammed Rameez (5-31) and Cal­lum Gel­dart (3-42) re­stricted them to 161-9.

Mitchell O’Con­nor (106) and Lee God­dard (56no) starred in New Farn­ley’s 288-7 be­fore Luke Jarvis picked up 4-44 as Fars­ley crashed out for 164.

Cleck­heaton’s de­feat sent them into the bot­tom two, just five points above Pud­sey Congs, who have fresh hope af­ter Ir­fan Am­jad (80) and Josh Wheat­ley (4-46) master­minded a win over Brad­ford and Bin­g­ley.

Pud­sey St Lawrence did their neigh­bours a favour by beat­ing East Bier­ley, who are just one point above the drop zone. Steve Watts and Chris Mars­den each picked up four wick­ets as Bier­ley were dis­missed for 168 and Bar­rie Fran­k­land (86no) se­cured Saints’ win.

Bat­ley emerged from the bot­tom two and are a point ahead of Bier­ley, af­ter Muham­mad Shah­nawaz took 6-16 to bowl out Light­cliffe for 109 and set up a five-wicket win.

Jack Hughes fol­lowed up a 4-22 haul with an un­beaten 29 as Townville com­fort­ably passed Wood­lands’ 106.

Sh­effield Col­le­giate kept alive the York­shire South ti­tle race but only just, Si­mon Guy (62no) edg­ing them past As­ton Hall’s 221-7 by one wicket.

But Wake­field Thornes re­main odds on to re­tain the crown af­ter Faisal Ir­fan (5-20) and Mah­mood Ra­sool (4-25) skit­tled Hal­lam for 65 and Joe Cook (26no) saw them home af­ter a shaky start.

Har­shal Vyas (81no) took Ap­pleby Frod­ing­ham to vic­tory over Cleethor­pes to ease their rel­e­ga­tion con­cerns, while Barns­ley con­tin­ued their re­cent good form with a win over Whit­ley Hall.

Just four points sep­a­rate the top four in York­shire North, York­shire Academy hold­ing on to top spot af­ter sur­viv­ing a slight scare when Russ Robin­son (5- 63) had them strug­gling at 60-4. Matthew Fisher (33) and Ben Birk­head (40) stead­ied things and the 204 to­tal was too rich for Sher­iff Hut­ton Bridge with James Lo­gan tak­ing 4-16.

Ryan Gib­son (67) and Stu­art Boyle (67) led the way in Stam­ford Bridge’s 266 be­fore Max Maciver (5-32) and Will Rhodes (4-17) bowled out Eas­ing­wold for 108.

York took just 9.1 overs for Dun­can Snell and Matthew Waite to pass Acomb’s 89.

David Fos­ter in­cluded seven sixes as he cracked a top score 72 in Har­ro­gate’s 278 and Ben Coad (5-17) was twice on a hat-trick and with Harry Stow (4-37) skit­tled Clifton Al­liance for 59.

A cen­tury stand be­tween Joe Pad­more (43) and Neil Elvidge (62) put Scar­bor­ough on the way to a six-wicket win at Hull.

Wood­house Grange’s top or­der, led by Michael Hat­tee (85) saw them to 270-6 and even though Tom Kohler-Cad­more (58) and Danny Broump­ton (101no) put up a fight, Driffield still went down by 37 runs.

Delph & Dobcross raised hopes of catch­ing Hud­der­s­field League lead­ers Hoy­landswaine when a cen­tury open­ing stand be­tween Mo­sun Hus­sain (76) and An­drew Gleave (53) put them on the way to a six-wicket win.

Upul Ban­dara’s half-cen­tury and 5-40 spell gave Gol­car vic­tory over Moor­lands and raised hopes of es­cap­ing the drop.

Mike Kit­son (95no) in­spired Skel­man­thorpe at Sc­holes and Dan Moor­house (4-24) starred as Ar­mitage Bridge beat Hon­ley.

A half-cen­tury from Nigel Danby could not stop Colton go­ing down to de­feat at Raw­don and be­ing rel­e­gated from Aire Wharfe Di­vi­sion One af­ter just one sea­son.

Beck­withshaw took another gi­ant step to­wards the ti­tle, Alex Lil­ley (5-34) and brother James (3-7) bowl­ing out Bur­ley for 131 in re­ply to 227-9 in which Sam Moore made 70.

Ot­ley have not given up the chase, Chris Thomp­son (62 & 6-20) star­ring as they crushed Ilk­ley by 117 runs.

PIC­TURE: STEVE RID­ING

RUN MA­CHINE: Nick Con­nolly on his way past 1,000 runs for Hang­ing Heaton in the win against Cleck­heaton.

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