Connolly and Fellows guide Heaton to successful chase

Gomersal wicketkeeper Jack Seddon reacts to a close call for Morley's no11 batsman Matthew Dowse during Saturday's Bradford League Division Two clash. 'Pictures: Paul Butterfield
Gomersal wicketkeeper Jack Seddon reacts to a close call for Morley's no11 batsman Matthew Dowse during Saturday's Bradford League Division Two clash. 'Pictures: Paul Butterfield

Nick Connolly and Gary Fellows shared a magnificent opening wicket stand to set Hanging Heaton on course for victory at Pudsey Congs

Captain Fellows and Australian native Connolly produced a sparkling 181-run partnership as Heaton successfully chased down Congs impressive total of 248-4 with 7.1 overs to spare in JCT600 Bradford League Division One last Saturday.

Connolly led the way with an unbeaten 123, including a six and 17 fours, while Fellows made 73.

Captain Gareth Phillips made 91 not out for Congs after openers Nick Lindley (55) and Callum Geldart (38) had given their side a good start but it was not enough to prevent Heaton moving up to fourth place with victory.

Woodlands remain second after they edged a close finish at Bradford and Bingley by just four runs.

Woodlands were restricted to a modest 143-9, of which Duncan Snell top scored for Woodlands with 34 as Noman Ali (3-28) and Matthew Simpson (3-40) bowled impressive spells.

It proved a winning total as spinners Grant Soames (4-35) and Chris Brice (3-55) helped dismiss Bingley for 139, despite the efforts of Ryan Cooper (49) and Noman Ali (35).

Champions Cleckheaton held their nerve to end New Farnley’s winning run with a thrilling nine-run success which lifts them into third.

The highlight of a high-scoring game was a magnificent 132 by Cleckheaton opener Andy Gorrod, who struck six sixes and 14 fours in his 126-ball innings.

Wicketkeeper Mally Nicholson chipped in with a rapid 50 from 36 balls to boost Cleckheaton’s total to 271.

New Farnley captain Mark Lawson claimed 5-58, while Yorkshire off spinner James Middlebrook picked up 3-45.

Mattie Good (51) and Andy Hodd (48) gave Farnley a good start but Ian Wood (3-57) fought back for Cleckheaton.

Nick Walker (49) and Mohammed Bilal (32no) launched a late attack but spinner Andrew Deegan picked up 3-50 as the visitors finished on 262-9.

Leaders Pudsey St Lawrence maintained their unbeaten record after squeezing home by five wickets with seven balls to spare at Lightcliffe.

East Bierley suffered an eight-wicket defeat to Farsley, who gained a first win of the season.

Although Neil Gill (42) and Dan Shuffe (39) made useful contributions, Bierley were dismissed for 145 as Jack Hendy (6-44) and Chris Henry (4-43) combined superbly.

Farsley opener Matty Green made an unbeaten 71 and was supported by Greg Pickles (30no).

Despite the win, Farsley remain in the bottom two, eight points adrift of Lightcliffe and 11 behind Undercliffe, who defeated bottom team Saltaire by six wickets in the battle of the promoted sides.