HANGING Heaton went on a record-breaking run spree in their opening Bradford League Gordon Rigg T20 Cup Group A clash against Batley at Bennett Lane.

They made a stunning 277-3 which surpassed the previous competition record of 252-4 set by Pudsey Congs in the 2014 final against Woodlands.

To set the score in a wider context, it is just one run short of the highest total recorded in international cricket – the 278-3 set by Afghanistan against Ireland in 2019 and the 278-4 made by the Czech Republic against Turkey later in the same year.

Skipper Ben Kohler-Cadmore led the assault on the Batley bowling with 91 from just 37 balls as he dominated an opening stand of 132 with Gary Fellows.

Kohler-Cadmore hit seven sixes and nine fours, but even his efforts were put into the shade by big-hitting David Stiff.

He made a brutal 86 not out from just 26 with 10 sixes and four fours. The efforts of Kohler-Cadmore and Stiff made Fellows’ 76 from 45 balls seem pedestrian by comparison.

It was a day to forget for the Batley bowlers and chasing such a huge total proved too much for their batsmen. Mohammed Bhoola (28) was their top scorer in a total of 134-6. Spinner Callum Bethel picked up 5-19 as Heaton recorded a 143-run win.

The 2018 National T20 champions will visit Birstall next for a match which will decide who wins Pool Three and goes forward to finals day.

The first team to secure their place in the last four are Bradford & Bingley. Their 35-run win over Cleckheaton guarantees they will top Pool Two.

Spinners Bradley Reeve (4-13) and Kyme Tahirkheli (3-16) did the bulk of the damage as Cleck were bowled out for 93 in reply to a modest total of 128. Skipper Ed Brown (38) and Yasir Abbas (37) were Bradford & Bingley’s top scorers.

Pudsey St Lawrence are favourites to win Pool One after a comfortable six-wicket victory over East Bierley at Tofts Road.

James Smith, promoted to opener, was at his aggressive best with 90 from 47 balls as East Bierley’s total of 152-3 was passed with 13 balls to spare.

Smith struck eight sixes and seven fours in a match which saw East Bierley’ s Matthew West (52) and Ben Walker (46no) lead their side’s scoring.

If St Lawrence win their final game at home to Pudsey Congs next Sunday, they will be assured of a semi-final berth.

New Farnley bounced back from their opening defeat to St Lawrence with a 66-run victory over Pudsey Congs. Openers Adam Waite and Lee Goddard both scored 50 as their side made 162-9. Jacob Slator was the best of the bowlers with 3-34. Congs were restricted to 96-8.

Townville look on course for a place in the semi-finals after a convincing eight-wicket win over Carlton.

Harry Warwick certainly relishes T20 cricket as he followed up his big-hitting exploits at Methley last week with an unbeaten 83. Townville cruised past Carlton’s 138-8 of which the top score was Farrouk Alam's 32.

Openers Jason Marshall (40no) and Alex Cree (39no) guided Methley to a 10-wicket triumph at Ossett. The home side were restricted to 91-9 as Ben Waite took 3-22.