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Geldart smashes 163 to propel Heaton into HW Cup semi-finals

Callum Geldart struck six sixes and 19 fours in a splendid innings of 163 as Hanging Heaton defeated holders Woodlands to reach the Heavy Woollen Cup semi-finals last Sunday. Picture: Paul Butterfield.
Callum Geldart struck six sixes and 19 fours in a splendid innings of 163 as Hanging Heaton defeated holders Woodlands to reach the Heavy Woollen Cup semi-finals last Sunday. Picture: Paul Butterfield.

Hanging Heaton recovered from losing two early wickets to book their place in the Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup semi-finals with a 74-run win over Woodlands in front of a healthy crowd at sun drenched Bennett Lane last Sunday.

A large crowd watched the cup holders take on last season’s Bradford Premier League champions and were treated to some top class batting.

Heaton were reduced to 4-2 as Muhammad Bilal claimed the early wickets of captain Gary Fellows and Ismail Dawood.

Callum Geldart led the revival with a superb display of aggressive batting, which saw him amass 163.

Geldart took the attack to the Woodlands bowling hitting six sixes and 19 fours in a 140-ball innings.

Ben Kohler-Cadmore (60) added 108 runs with Geldart for the fourth wicket before David Stiff further boosted the total with a quickfire 65.

Stiff and Geldart shared a 102-run stand for the sixth wicket, which came in just 11 overs.

Stiff produced some huge hits as he struck six maximums in a 40-ball innings, which helped the home side close on 345-6.

Woodlands made a spirited effort in reply as Liam Collins led the way with 78, while overseas player Ishfaq Ahmad made 47 and Cieran Garner chipped in with 35 in a total of 271.

Geldart followed up his efforts with the bat by claiming 5-57 as Heaton reached the semi-finals, where they will host Hoylandswaine on Sunday July 8.

New Farnley recorded a comfortable 117-run win over Huddersfield League side Shepley and face the winners of the delayed last eight tie between Methley and Wakefield Thornes in the semis.

New Farnley posted a decent total of 296 as opening batsman Martin Andersson (67) and Yorkshire’s Andrew Hodd (49) laid the foundations before Steve Bullen struck 80 not out.

Opener Danny Wood top scored with 42 in Shepley’s 179, while left-arm spinner Luke Jarvis took 4-35 for New Farnley.

Huddersfield League champions Hoylandswaine, beaten finalist for the past three season, saw off five-times winners Wrenthorpe by six wickets to secure their place in the last-four.

James Glynn (44) top scored in Wrenthorpe’s 181 which was below par against a side of Hoylandswaine’s strength.

Chris Holliday led Swaine’s chase with 82, while Yorkshire opener Alex Lees made 33 and Max Joice (32no) to see them through to another semi-final.

The remaining quarter-final between Methley and South Yorkshire Premier League champions Wakefield Thornes will be played on Sunday June 24, while this year’s Heavy Woollen Cup final will be held at Spen Victoria on Sunday August 5.

New Farnley, Morley, Birstall, Moorlands, Townville, Hoylandswaine and Bradford League side Scholes all made it safely through to the Crowther Cup second team competition quarter-finals with wins last Sunday.

Heavy Woollen Cup semi-final draw: Hanging Heaton v Hoylandswaine, Methley or Wakefield Thornes v New Farnley.

Crowther Cup quarter-finals: Birstall v Woodlands or Whitley Hall, Moorlands v Townville, Morley v New Farnley, Scholes (BL) v Hoylandswaine.

To be played Sunday July 8.