Woodhouse Grange 188, Eslecar 190-5
In an excellent and competitive game of cricket played before a sizeable crowd at Armroyd Lane on Sunday Elsecar beat Woodhouse Grange, champions of the York Senior League, by five wickets to progress through to the semi final of the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy
Woodhouse batted first and, although opener Andrew Bilton scored 38, they made slow progress against the accurate and varied Elsecar attack. They struggled from 25-2 to 66- 4. The innings took shape when skipper Steve Burdett joined Mike Hattee and they added 59 runs for the sixth wicket. Burdett left with 32 to his credit and Hattee joined him when he reached 45. Woodhouse Grange fought to the finish and lost their final wicket on the final ball with their total at 188 all out.
When Elsecar batted Woodhouse quickly made impact into the innings removing both openers with the score 16 for two. Brett Hunsley was joined by Glenn Yates and the duo added 61 before Yates failed to make his ground and was run out for 28.
Luke Townsend now joined Hunsley and 61 runs later Townsend left for 27 runs. Another wicket fell shortly afterwards but that was the last of Elsecar's concern and they gained victory with five wickets and four overs to spare.
Hunsley was still there at the close and he provided an excellent array of deft and delicate strokes to delight the Elsecar supporters. He made 79 not out with 13 fours.
A feature of the Elsecar innings was the fielding of Woodhouse Grange, which prevented a number of certain boundaries and can only be described as at a first-class level.
Elsecar will now play either Townville (Central Yorkshire League) or Beckwithshaw (Airedale and Wharfedale League) in the semi final at Armroyd Lane
Whitley Hall have won the competition twice in the last three years and Elsecar will seek to emulate their near neighbours.