Farsley beat holders New Farnley to reach Priestley Cup final

Farsley beat holders New Farnley to reach Priestley Cup final

Farsley beat holders New Farnley for the second time in 24 hours to reach the Priestley Cup final for the first time since 2010.

Their seven-wicket victory helped erase the memory of 12 months ago when they were beaten in the semi-finals by an under-strength Methley side.

This time Farsley won despite being without their influential Yorkshire all-rounder James Wainman to set up a final showdown with Woodlands at Undercliffe on Sunday, August 26.

Their match winner was in-form batsman Dan Hodgson. He struck 10 fours in an unbeaten 86 as Farsley eased past the New Farnley score of 196-9 with 20 balls to spare.

Hodgson was joined in an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 123 by Yorkshire apinner James Logan who made an unbeaten 51.

After having their Premier Division tile hopes dented by their four=wicket defeat at Farsley on Saturday, New Farnley will be relieved they don't have to visit Red Lane again this season.

After being bnowled out for 118 in Saturday's league clash, New Farnley wanted to get off to a good start nut Farsley had other ideas.

Opening bowlers Chris Henry and Matthew Lumb each took a wicket to reduce them to 4-2, before Dave Cummings (48) and Yorkshire's Andrew Hodd (45) led a revival.

Richard Atkins (34no) and skipper Lee Goddard (30) looked to push up the scoring rate against a bowling attack in which Henry - taker of five wickets in the previous day's game - was the most successful member with 3-63, but a total of 196-9 proved to be comfortably within Farsley's reach as Hodgson and Logan took charge.