Heanor Town second XI emerged from Breadsall with a James Harwood Cup semi-final place under their belts after winning by seven wickets.
The previous week’s fixture was cancelled due to the weather, and the outfield still resembled a paddy field in places looking to secure asemi-final spot
Winning the toss Heanor asked Breadsall to bat on the damp wicket and things started perfectly with 2nd ball of the day by Paul Fletcher removing the batsman caught by Liam Sloman.
Maurice Edwards then joined in in the sixth over by bowling Porkess with the score at 6-2.
Paul Fletcher continued with an excellent spell of bowling with figures of 9 overs 2-4 with 7 maidens.
On a difficult pitch Breadsall struggled to find runs but Heanors bowlers continued to find wickets with Liam Barlow bowling opening batsman Braisy for 26 with the score at a tame 43-4 in the 25th over.
Graham McDonough & Liam Barlow carried on removing the tail of the Breadsall batting order removing the remaining 5 wickets in 8 overs with figures of 3-19 and 3-17 respectively finishing the Breadall innings in the 33rd over for a final score of 66 all out.
Heanor’s bowlers enjoyed a very nice tea hoping that they had completed their half of the bargain but Heanor’s batsman didn’t find it as easy as expected in the opening overs of the innings with Paul Barlow giving himself out LBW with the score at 7-1 in the 7th over.
Mark Fletcher & Gary Hickinbotham continued to keep the score ticking before Fletcher was caught for 12 with the score at 29-2 after 24 overs. Maurice Edwards tried pushing the pace of the innings but was caught behind off the toe of the bat for 10.
Graham McDonough had a look at the bowling driving his first ball for 4 through the covers. Gary Hickinbotham continued to chip away frustrating the Breadsall bowlers by never looking like giving his wicket away before the winning runs came in the 40th over after a steady but productive batting display, McDonough finishing 12 not out & Gary Hickinbotham 20 n.o.
Hats off to the Breadsall bowlers with some very tight bowling given the runs they had to defend against with the best of them being J Drew with bowling figures 9 overs, 1-5 with 5 maidens.
Heanor now face Littleover Centurions, away this Sunday (July 22) with hopes of achieving Heanor’s second final in two years.