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East Bierley's stunning Priestley Cup win

East Bierley's stunning Priestley Cup win

East Bierley produced another stunning batting performance as they secured their place in the semi-finals of the Gordon Rigg Cup.

The Division One side piled up an impressive 311-7 before bowling out Premier Division rivals Bradford & Bingley for 194 at Wagon Lane to  record a 117-run win.

Their reward is an away tie against Premier Division title contenders Townville on Sunday, August 8 and they will be hoping that their swashbuckling batting can come up trumps again.

Acting skipper Matthew West and Danny Cross, above, were the men who quite literally took the attack to Bradford & Bingley.

They came together when Sam Gatenby was dismissed with just one run on the board and they attacked from the word go as the boundaries flowed.

Matthew West hits out during his innings of 90 for East Bierley. Picture: Ray Spencer

They added 188 in 28 overs with Cross making (92) and West (90) such was the ferocity of their batting that an even bigger score than their eventual 311-7.

Once they were parted and wickets tumbled the scoring rate slowed a little but it still proved to be a hot and harrowing afternoon for Bradford & Bingley's bowlers.

The Premier Division side knew they needed a good start if they were to have any chance of chasing down such a total, but at 26-3 their hopes were in tatters.

Addison Holland was the chief wicket taker for East Bierley  Picture: Ray Spencer

Yasir Abbas (67), Matthew Duce (43) and Arjun Ramkumar (39) all tried to turn the tide, but the task was too great. Addison Holland (4-48) and Jack Hebden (3-34) were the pick of the East Bierley on a memorable day for their daring young side.

Next up is Townville and one man who will be particularly looking forward to the challenge is Hebden who helped them win promotion to the Premier Division in 2016.


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