Cricket: Morley collapse in defeat to Hanging Heaton

Kriss Watts
Kriss Watts

Another batting collapse from Morley Cricket Club’s first team resulted in a heavy 107-run defeat in Saturday’s All Rounder Bradford League First Teams Premier outing.

Morley hosted Hanging Heaton hoping to bounce back from last week’s loss to Scholes and when Nathan Bromby (3-23) claimed the prized wicket of Gary Fellows for a duck in the first over, the Scatcherd Lane side looked to be in great shape.

David Nebard spilled a catch that would have dismissed Heaton opener Nicholas Connolly, who then went on to make 42.

However, Morley did well to restrict the visitors to 158-9 with Bromby (3-23) and Nebard (4-49) impressing with the ball.

But the home side failed to get going with the bat and Matthew Baxter (20 not out) and James McNichol (11) proved to be the top scorers as Morley were dismissed for just 51 in 26 overs.

Fortunes were better for Morley’s second team as they beat Hanging Heaton by seven wickets to move up to fifth place in the Bradford League Second Teams Premier.

Brett Kinsey struck with the very first ball of the game, Ash Daly taking a superb catch, on his way to excellent figures of 7-39.

Heaton’s total of 108 proved no problem for Morley as Kriss Watts led the reply with an unbeaten 58.

Morley’s 100 per-cent record in Dales Council League Division C came to an end as they went down by eight wickets at rivals Drighlington B.

After taking 6-1 against Baildon last week, Jagankumar Manoharan (46) starred with the bat this time around as the visitors were skittled out for 119. Mohammed Samiullah (3-18) and Simon Mace (3-48) were the pick of the home bowlers.

Ashfaq Sheikh (52) and Zair Shah (45) did the bulk of the damage at the top of the Drighlington reply, putting on 80 for the first wicket, before Naweed Ur-Rehman and Sohail Majeed saw them across the line inside 20 overs.

Morley remain top of the league but second-placed Drighlington are now only eight points behind their rivals.

Sunday’s Priestley Shield second round encounter between Morley and East Bierley at Scatcherd Lane was abandoned after only six overs, due to persistent rain, when the hosts were 15-2.

On Saturday, Morley travel to Pudsey St Lawrence in the First Teams Premier (1pm) while the two clubs’ reserve sides will clash at Scatcherd Lane in the Second Teams Premier (1pm).

In the Dales Council League, Morley entertain Great Horton Park Chapel (1.30pm).