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Final looks like being a real cracker

Final looks like being a real cracker

Jack Hampshire Cup Final

Jer Lane v East Ardsley

How Jer Lane got there-

Jer Lane began with a 166-run win over Scholes. It was a remarkable game given that Osama Ahmad, who is normally a tail-ender, opened the batting to great success.

Ahmad hit 18 sixes and three fours as he powered his way to 139 from just 78 balls. After reaching his 50 from 40 balls, Ahmad took just 16 more to go to his century. When he was eventually out, 120 of his runs had come in boundaries.

He dominated a second wicket stand of 104 with Abubakar Dawood (35 runs) before adding 100 for the fourth wicket with skipper Raqeeb Younis who went on to make 71, as Jer Lane posted a daunting 319-7 in their 40 overs. Scholes were dismissed for 153 as Bobby Khan took 3-5 and veteran seamer Amjid Khan 3-37.

Farakh Hussain will be looking to give Jer Lane a fast start in the final. Picture: Ray Spencer

In the second round, Jer Lane openers Farakh Hussain (92) and Haseeb Rehman (58) put on 126 in their side’s 123-run win over Heckmondwike & Carlinghow. Cosmond Walters (49) helped propel the Jer Lane score to 274-4, while Mohammed Jamal (3-20) was the best bowler.

In the quarter-finals Jer Lane met the current holders Yeadon, and it wasn’t all plain sailing for them. There seemed to be little hope for Yeadon when they were bowled out for just 95 as Osama Ahmad picked up 3-33, but they fought back bravely and gave Jer Lane a big scare before finally succumbing to a three-wicket defeat.

At one point, Jer Lane was 36-5, but the experienced duo of Raqeeb Younis and Amjid Khan steadied their nerves before Ibrar Younis sealed victory with a six. Jer Lane booked their place in this season's final with a 47-run win at Bowling Old Lane.

It was always going to be a tough game, and Jer Lane struggled to reach a par score of 169-9 thanks to Gurdev Singh (36) and Farhan Hussain (31).

The Old Lane must have fancied their chances, but they couldn’t put good partnerships together and was bowled out for 122 with Arsalan Mahmood taking 4-24.

How East Ardsley got there-

East Ardsley, who got a bye though to this round, proved too good for Sandal as they ran out 97-run winners in their delayed second round tie.

They took command of the game by making 252-9 when they batted first. Jonathan Macgregor (80) led the way while James Marston (42), Josh Wild (34) and Ashley Pearson (31), all chipped in to good effect. Lee Geldard (3-33) was the most successful Sandal bowler.

Sandal lost early wickets before Brandon Hewlett (46) and Sam Noden (39) enabled them to make 158. Adam Pearson (3-25) and Ashley Pearson (3-28) helped their side to secure a home quarter final against the then Division Two leaders, Buttershaw St Paul’s.

East Ardsley skipper Richard Vigars would love to end the season with a cup success Picture: Ray Spencer

East Ardsley chased down a Buttershaw St Paul's total of 209 to win by five wickets in their delayed tie. Damien Bowles (61) and Simon Tucker (58) were supported by James Marston (32) and skipper Richard Vigars (32no) as East Ardsley eased to victory.

James Sawyer (45) and Jack Seddon (34) were the main contributors for Buttershaw St Paul's while Jonathan McGregor (3-51) was the most successful East Ardsley bowler.

In the semi-finals, East Ardsley faced a Northowram Fields side that possessed an in-form batting line up to worry most sides.

However, East Ardsley set a fine score despite not batting their full 40-overs. They built a score of 284 in 36.5 overs, with Josh Wild (70), Jonathan McGregor (66) and skipper Richard Vigars (39) keeping the run rate high throughout the innings.

 Northowram Fields gave it a good shot with Kyle Walsh making an unbeaten 103, but he lacked sufficient support as his side ended on 246-7, and 38 runs short.

Form Guide

The key to the match is East Ardsley’s ability in the field to contain the quick-scoring Jer Lane side. They bat in great depth- often in trouble early on, but always finding a batter or two down the order to dig themselves out of danger.

East Ardsley’s batting is strong and could chase a considerable total, but the odds are stacked against them containing this strong Jer Lane batting side. However, they are ending the season on a high after a brilliant run, and have the mental strength to take it all the way.

It is a weekend that could see them both promoted to Division One, and the Jack Hampshire Cup would be the icing on the cake.

In Jer Lane’s case, a remarkable treble of the Division Two title, Jack Hampshire Cup and the T20 Group B Cup could well be on the cards.

Jack Hampshire Cup Winners

2016 Ossett 230-7 Buttershaw St Paul's 93
2017 Hartshead Moor 227-2 Wakefield St Michael’s 206-7
2018 Keighley 202-8 Bowling Old Lane 203-4
2019 Birstall 132 Yeadon 136-8
2020 No competition due to Coronavirus

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