|The player of Pudsey St Lawrence and Great Ayton with umpires Steve Malone and Nick Oddy
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Yorkshire Premier League play-off semi final
Pudsey St Lawrence are off to Abu Dhabi to contest the first Yorkshire Premier League Championship final after a thrilling seven-run win over Great Ayton at Headingley.
They held their nerve in a tense finale to set upo a clash with The All Rounder Yorkshire Premier League South champions Wakefield Thornes who beat Harrogate by three wickets at Scarborough.
Both teams will now travel to Abu Dhabi on October 22 for the day night final atthe magnificent Zayed Stadium on October 27.
Pudsey St Lawrence skipper James Smith said: "I am still struggling to take in what we have achieved. Just playing at Headingley has been an unforgetable experience.
"This shows what a wonderful concept Premier League cricket is. We realise that this is a 'once in a lifetime opportunity for us'.
"It is an experience we may never have again so we want to savour it. I am just pleased that we have seized the opportunity to play in the first final and experience playing in Abu Dhabi.
"It is just amazing and it was a great game. Great Ayton will be disappointed but they made us fight all the way. It has been a great day."
The match was a real nail-biting contest throughout. Great Ayton struck two early blows after St Lawrence won the toss and chose to bat first. Lewis Harper removed both Adam Waite and Matthew Duce to reduce the Saints to 38-2.
Mark Robertshaw, so often the rock that St Lawrence build their innings on, held firm and found an in-form partner in Barrie Frankland.
They gradually seized the initiative and moved the score on to 116 before Frankland aimed a wild shot at a ball from spinner Stephen Pennock and was bowled for 42.
His departure wwas ti precipitate a collapse. Skipper James Smith and Chris Marsden both surrendered tamely to spinner Tom Leng with poor shots.
At 129-5 St Lawrence were suddenly looking in danger of failing to post a challenging total. Thankfully, Tom Hudson played with good sense and helped Robertshaw keep the scoreboard ticking over before being dismissed for 25.
Robertshaw, who had played cslmly throughout, opened his shoulders to launch one six and brought out the ramp shot to move to 93 before attempting it again and being bowled by Harper (3-42). Robertshaw's innings contained one six and eight fours.
St Lawrence finished on 200-8 and realised they had been made to work hard for their runs against a Great Ayton attack which maintained good lines throughout.
The Great Ayton innings mirrored St Lawrence's almost every step of the way. Parth Patel and Harper both went cheaply as the North Yorkshire South Durham League side were reduced to 24-2.
Skipper Chris Batchelor didn't let the early wickets disturb him as he began to take the attack to the bowlers. The left hander was quick to punish anything off line and while he was at the wicket, Great Ayton were in with a great chance of winning.
Perhaps the most crucial spell of bowling in the entire match came from Chris Marsden. Clearly troubled by a knee injury, Marsden didn't let it affect his bowling as he bowled ten overs of off spin for just 18 runs.
It was clear that the slow bowlers were making it difficult for the batsmen to score and it was spinners Tom Hudson and Steve Watts who were to strike the blows which eventually proved decisive.
Batchelor, who hit a six and six fours in a superb innings of 87, was trapped lbw attempting to reverse sweep leg spinner Hudson.Watts followed up with two more wickets, but Great Ayton simply refused to lie down.
They kept taking the fight to St Lawrence and were left wanting 13 from the last over from Richie Lamb to win.
Lamb held his nerve and restricted them to just five.
St Lawrence celebrated their success with their supporters on a day when Yorkshire Premier League Cricket was the real winner.
|Mark Robertshaw on his way to top score of 93 for Pudsey St Lawrence
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|Batley have been crowned as champions of Championship A and will play in the Premier League in 2017
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|Mohammad Tahir impressed for Batley
Picture: MIke Popplewell
Batley clinched the Championship A title and secured their place in next season's Premier League with a convincing
eight-wicket win over Undercliffe.
Muhammad Tahir was their star man, He took 4-6 as Undercliffe were bowled out for 109 and was unbeaten on 27 as his side secured victory. Aqeel Mukhtar made 50 not out while overseas player MIchael Loubser (45) top scored for Undercliffe.
Second-placed Yeadon saw their season end on a disappointing note. They were bowled out for just 90 at Baildon as veteran spinner Mushtaq Ahmed took 5-23. Skipper Simon Bailey made an unbeaten 55 as Baildon eased to a six-wicket win.
Saltaire said goodbye to the Bradford Premier League on a high note as they defeated Ossett by 68 runs. Adeel Ashraf (5-24) and Mohammed Munir (5-30) bowled out the home side for 72 when they replied to Saltaire's 140.
Wahab Mirza (41) top scored for Saltaire as skipper Charles Orme (4-35) and Harvey Anderson (4-36) top the bowling honours for Ossett.
Bottom team Idle recorded only their second win of the season as they defeated Keighley by six wickets. Alex Robinson (6-33) was backed up by Jonathan Robinson (3-15) as Keighley were rolled over for 65.
Nick Kaye's unbeaten 75 enabled Birstall to end the season with a five-wicket win at Liversedge..They chased down their opponents' total of 181-6 which included 51 from Paul Marlow.
Champions Townville rounded off their impressive campaign with an emphatic 181-run win over Spen Victoria in which talented all-rounder Jack Hughes scored a superb 121.
Hughes, who took his tally for the season to 941, hit two sixes and 19 fours and was well supported by the league's leading runscorer Jonathan Booth (67) as his side declared on 274-9 after 45 overs.
Spen were never in the hunt as Conor Harvey (5-32) and Hughes (3-1) helped dismiss them for just 93.
The day's highest score was made by Banfoot. They piled up 320 on their way to a 155-run victory over Hartshead Moor.
Such a total seemed unlikely when Bankfoot slipped to 27-3, but Nahim Ashraf and Shoukat Ali changed the complexion of the game with a fourth-wicket stand of 226, despite the efforts of former Yorkshire star Richard Pyrah.
Ashraf hiut a magnificent 130which contained four sixes and 17 fours, while Shokat smashed seven sixes and seven fours in his 97 before becoming avictim of Pyrah (6-78),
Pyrah also led the way with the bat for Hartshead Moor. His 97 was the dominant feature of Hartshead Moor's 165 as spinner Marupuri Sureshi took 4-32.
There was a thrilling game at Bowling Old Lane where the home side featured in a tie with Methley. Bilal Ejaz (55) and Sadaqat Zaman (37no) helped Bowling Old Lane to 195 as Sohail Raz (4-51), Edward Walmsley (3-38) and 13-year-old Harry Sullivan (3-64) shared the bowling honours.
Ashton Blakey (53) led the Methley reply which saw them bowled out for 195 with 8,1 overs to g as Ahsan Alishan took
Stephen Bland made an unbeaten 92 as Hopton Mills scored 189 on their way to a 32-run win over Brighouse. Skipper Sunny Matharu took 4-72 for Brighouse who made 157 in reply. Asad Mahmood top scored with 44 as Richard Myers
(3-16) and Philip Scott (3-36) shared the bowling honours.
Second-placed Wrenthorpe dismissed Altofts for 153 before easing to a four-wicket win. Luke Patel (3-24) and Matthew Race (3-27) were the pick of the Wrenthorpe bowlers, while Jonathan Rudge (40no) and Edward Marshall (32no) guided their side to their target.
Solid batting from skipper Graham Hilton (51), Arsaam Malik (47) and Jonathan Boynton (43) enabled Gomersal to secure a six-wicket win over Carlton. They chased down their opponents' score of 186-8 with 17.5 overs to spare. Will Smith (61) and Arman Hussain (45) top scored for Carlton
Kevin McDermott's third century of the season helped champions Buttershaw St Paul's round off their season with a
98-run win over Wakefield St Michael's.
McDermott struck three sixes and 16 fours in his 126 not out which boosted his tally of runs for the season to 896, as St Paul's made 270. St Michael's were bowled out for 172 as Tosh Baker picked up 5-29. James Cooper (46) and Michael Halloran (40no) were their top scorers.
East Ardsley made sure of third place with a three-wicket win over runners up Northowram Fields. Adam Pearson (5-42) and Louie Hurley (3-38) did the damage as Northowram Fields were bowled out for 179.
Ashley Pearson (62), Haseen Bashir (42) and Mohammad Hamid (36) helped Easty Ardsley to their target despite the efforts of Zafar Khan (4-50).
Rodley rounded off their season on a high with a 42-run win over Heckmondwike & Carlinghow. Anthony Yeading took (5-54) and Robert Young (3-40) as Heckmondwike were bowled for 147. Fahad Imam top scored with 60 as his side failed to challenge Rodley's 189. Gary Sagar (51) led the way while Usman Qureshi (3-22) and Chris Allen (3-57) were the pick of the Heckmondwike bowlers.
James Watling (5-22) and Allan Olbison (3-42) ensured that East Leeds finished with a win. They helped their side to bowl out Adwalton for 119 with only Matthew Donohoe (42) offering resistance. John Gomersall (35) helped see Est leeds to their target.
Despite Hanif Mahboob making an unbeaten 60, Azaad were bowled out for 97 as they suffered a six-wicket defeat agaisnt Crossbank Methodists. James Abbott (6-32) and Frederil Rs (3-12) did the damage while Simon Denton (30no) saw Crossbank to their target.
There were two outstanding bowling performances in a low-scoring encounter between Oulton and Gildersome. Joseph Sykes took 6-23 as Gildersome were bowled out for 73, but his figures were eclipsed by Arshad Jan.He took 8-31 bit ended up on the losing side as Oulton edged to a one-wicket win.