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Farsley bid to end their long wait

Farsley bid to end their long wait

Farsley will be bidding to win the Gordon Rigg Priestley Shield for only the second time when they take on Woodlands at Ossett on Sunday.

The Division One side lifted the trophy in 1978 and would dearly love to end their 43-year wait for a repeat against their Premier Division rivals.

Woodlands, who were Shield winners in 2001, 2002, 2016 and 2017, will start favourites in most people’s eyes, but Farsley are keen to prove them wrong.

In Andrew Sims they have the competitions leading wicket taker this season with 12 – twice as many as Woodlands’ most successful bowler Jack Bleazard (6).

But they will be fully aware they have to contain the talented Woodlands batting duo of Kieran Collins and Tom Clee.

Collins has scored 223 runs in helping get his side to the final – more than anybody else – while all-rounder Clee has 150 runs to his name.

Route to the final


In the first round they had a comfortable eight wicket win over their Division One rivals Great Preston. Sims took 4-16 and Kesar Arshad (3-21) as Great Preston were skittled out for 76. Farsley had no trouble knocking off the runs thanks to an unbeaten 44 from Mohammad Atif.

Premier Division outfit Lightcliffe were Farsley’s victims in the second round. Again, they bowled their opponents out cheaply, Alex Maddison taking 5-23 as Lightcliffe were all out for 115. Farsley eased home by five wickets.

The third-round draw paired them with Division Two side Birstall who they defeated by seven wickets. Sims took 4-11 as Birstall were all out for 87 and made 25no as he and skipper Ryan Blackburn (34) ensured their side secured a place in the last four.

That man Sims was to play a key role in the seven-wicket semi-final win at Cleckheaton.  Sims (4-30) and Elliot Addison (4-27) impressed as the home side were all out for 139.

Sims was determined to ensure that Farsley knocked off the runs. He made an unbeaten 41 as the Red Lane side booked their place in Sunday’s final.

Woodlands started their Shield campaign with a 62-run win at Hartshead Moor. Josh Griffin made a timely 58 as Woodlands posted a score of 165-7 before bowling out Hartshead Moor for 103.

The experienced duo of Kieran Rodger (3-26) and Rob Medcalf (3-15) shared the bowling honours at Highmoor Lane.

Division Two side Townville were defeated by 83 runs in a second-round tie at Albert Terrace. Kieran Collins (75) and Liam Brearley (55) helped Woodlands to 239-7. Townville never looked like challenging their total and were bowled out for 156.

Clee (85) and Collins (48no) were in the runs again when Woodlands defeated Premier Division rivals New Farnley by four wickets in their quarter-final clash.

They helped their side chase down a challenging total of 230 which included 80 from former Woodlands player Mark Lawson (80).

Collins (99) and Clee (65no) shared a fourth wicket stand of 157 as Woodlands made 219 in their 50-run semi-final triumph at Pudsey Congs. The bowling honours went to loan player Joel Beaumont (4-29) as Congs were bowled out for 169.

Probable Teams

Farsley: David Kenyon, Ryan Blackburn (Capt), Mohammad Atif, Andrew Sims, Jamie Blackburn (Wkt), Alex Maddison, James Hoyland, Mukdas Mohammad, Richard Weaver, Elliot Addison, Richard Sutcliffe. 12th Man- Kesar Arshad.

Woodlands: Liam Brearley, Nicky Rushworth (Wkt), Jack Bleazard, Tom Clee, Kieran Collins, Jak Murphy, Nav Siddique, Rob Medcalf, Josh Griffin, Kieran Rodger, Steven Pearson (Capt). 12th Man: Ateeb Shah.
 Umpires: Bill Dove & Phil Allinson Third umpire: Terry Busby

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