Bradford League: High fliers to face-off in hottest test of year

Farsley's Mark Harrison.
Farsley's Mark Harrison.
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AFTER A PULSATING encounter at Red Lane last season, the portents are set fair for another cracker between Farsley and Hanging Heaton tomorrow.

Last July, it was Farsley who prevailed by eight runs in a highly-watchable contest and with both sides having made accomplished starts to the new ECB Bradford Premier League season, league aficionados are salivating at the prospect of another enthralling clash.

Gary Fellows of Hanging Heaton.

Gary Fellows of Hanging Heaton.

Both sides remain unbeaten, although Farsley were stymied by the weather last weekend against Pudsey St Lawrence, with the Tewits faring better in their game with Woodlands.

With the weather set fair for this coming weekend, Farsley should have no issues with the elements against a Heaton side who most observers believe are the team to beat this year.

Echoing that sentiment, Farsley stalwart Mark Harrison said: “I’d imagine so. Especially now that their overseas (Mohammad Rameez) has arrived. Their batting depth is very strong and their bowling is too. As an all-round package, they are a very well-oiled unit.

“But, at the end of the day, they are there to be beaten and we beat them at home last year and gave them a good game away on the first day of last year.

Callum Geldart of Hanging Heaton.

Callum Geldart of Hanging Heaton.

“It was a really close game up at Farsley. I think we made 230-odd and they were about 220 something in chasing. It was always a tight game and there will be battles within battles.

“Gary Fellows is a key man and (Callum) Geldart is always dangerous. They have a lot of good players and playing their overseas as well is also a big factor for us. We have to be smart on the day.

“From our perspective, if we can play anything like we can, I am sure, man for man, we can match them. That is the way we can match them.”

While Farsley were frustrated by the weather last weekend, the Tewits beat off the rain to see off Woodlands by 77 runs in a powerhouse statement, moving them clear at the summit, with the Red Laners now down to third – 12 points behind Heaton.

Harrison added: “We are still four from four, although it would have been nice to play on Saturday at St Lawrence as we had our full side out.

“It is getting a bit of déjà vu with the weather (from last season).

“But it is just the way it is. With other sides playing, you don’t want to go behind early through no fault of your own and it is a bit of a downer.

“But the positive is we play again on Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday. It’s a big weekend for us and hopefully we can claw a few points back on Hanging Heaton and we are looking forward to it.

“We have had a few contributions this season. Jim Pickles is doing a good job at the top of the order and Ryan Cooper is leading the side well and keeps on making runs and doing a great job in the middle order.

“Adam Ahmed and Chris Henry, opening the bowling, are also doing well. Chris has found a new lease of life and is doing well. But everyone is contributing and that is the key to winning.”

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