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Heavy Woollen Cup semi-finals preview

Heavy Woollen Cup semi-finals preview


The Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup sees the Gordon Rigg Bradford Premier League well represented in Sunday's delayed semi-finals.

Rain led to the Hoylandswaine v Woodlands and New Farnley v Farsley ties being abandoned on July 4 before a result could be achieved.

For the record, Hoylandswaine was 146-7 after 28 overs against Woodlands in a tie that could have gone either way.

Hoylandswaine were in all kinds of trouble at 54-5, but the match took a dramatic turn when Leicestershire’s Aaron Lilley smashed the bowling to all parts of the ground in a brilliant innings of 77.

In the other tie just 9.5 overs were possible as Farsley made a careful 26-0 against some accurate New Farnley bowling. It could be said that both sides were content with their start at Lawns Lane.

Hoylandswaine v Woodlands

Hoylandswaine have been beaten finalists three times and this might well be their year. They started this year with a convincing win over Ossett with skipper Chris Holliday top scoring with 94 runs.

In the next round they defeated close neighbours Cawthorne in a 20 over contest.

Things got tougher in the quarter-finals when they won an absorbing tie against Barnsley Woolley Miners.

Barnsley batted first and were made to fight hard for their runs, and they only managed 156 because of the determination of their overseas player Harpreet Bhatia who scored 52. Holliday was the best Hoylandswaine bowler with 3-20.

Hoylandswaine were facing defeat at 116-8, but Ben Potter (42no) and former Hanging Heaton player Bandula Don (19no) came together and playing intelligently took their team past the Barnsley score with five balls to spare.

Woodlands started with an easy victory over Drakes Huddersfield League side Shelley, and were then pitted against title rivals Townville in the last round.

What was predicted to be a very tight match, ended as a comfortable 78-run victory for Woodlands.

Woodlands spinner Kez Ahmed impressed with 6-37, while leg spinner Brad Schmulian picked up 3-10 as Townville were bowled out for 165 in response to Woodlands' 243-3.

The big test for Woodlands came in the next round when Yorkshire League North high-flyers Castleford visited Albert Terrace.

On a perfect, sunny day and an excellent wicket, Woodlands batting first hit trouble at 42-3 at scarcely three an over. However, Tim Jackson put on 99 runs for the next wicket with Cieran Garner (54), and carried his bat with 103 to help Woodlands to 226-9.

This did not appear adequate, especially as the opening Castleford pair saw off the new ball and edged towards 50 before being parted.

However, Woodlands began to take wickets at regular intervals and Castleford faltered badly, and were bowled out for 184, with off spinner Kez Ahmed the best of the bowlers with 4-42.

Farsley v New Farnley

Farsley have had three convincing wins on the way to the quarter-finals and appear to have a thirst for the competition,

In the First Round they enjoyed an impressive195-run win over Skelmanthorpe with young batsman Dan Revis top-scoring with 104 in his side’s 306-8.

Ryan Cooper (5-18) and Adam Ahmed (3-28) ensured Skelmanthorpe would not get close. In the Second Round an unbroken fourth-wicket stand between Adam Ahmed (79no) and Dan Revis (37no) enabled Farsley to make 201-3 on their way to victory at Elsecar in a match which was reduced to 40 overs per side after a delayed start.

Opener Ryan Cooper (41) was the other main contributor for the Red Laners. Elsecar were dismissed for 117. In the last round Farsley made no mistake in beating Gomersal on their own ground on Oxford Road.

Gomersal could not cope with the spin attack of Adam Ahmed (3-14) and Mark Harrison (3-23) who were largely influential in dismissing them for 104.

Farsley reached the target for the loss of four wickets as Yorkshire opener Matthew Revis (50 runs) eased them to victory.

New Farnley beat Drakes Huddersfield League outfit Barkisland in the First Round by six wickets - the highlight being Lee Goddard’s 89 not out.

In the next round their opponents Scholes from the Drakes Huddersfield League conceded the tie because of a clash with a domestic cup competition.

In the quarter-finals, New Farnley at one stage looked as if they could be the victim of a shock result at East Bierley.  

East Bierley’s openers Matthew West (121) and Sam Gatenby (63) shared an incredible quick-scoring opening stand of 166, and seemed to be odds on to make a team score of 300-plus.

However, seventeen-year-old leg spinner Jack Dyson from the second team, turned the course of the game by taking 7-44 as East Bierley were dismissed for 247.

New Farnley were clearly relieved to not be facing a much stiffer target and they raced home with just three wickets down and 10.5 overs to spare.

Goddard led the way with 82 runs against his old club. And there were also half centuries for young opener Aidan Langley (53) and Steve Bullen (51no), as well as 43 not out from Dan Hodgson.

New Farnley have defeated Farsley in the league by nine wickets, but found it trickier when they played them at Red Lane in the Priestley Cup on a spicy wicket.

They thought they had done the hard work by bowling Farsley out for just 75 with Gurman Randhawa taking a remarkable 3-0.

But, when Farsley skipper Matthew Lumb (4-41) exploited the bowler-friendly conditions to have New Farnley in big trouble at 22-5, it became a tense affair.

Fortunately for New Farnley, the experienced duo of Grant Soames (35no) and Dan Hodgson (18no) crafted an unbroken 54 for the sixth wicket to see their side to victory.

This is a different day, and a different competition, and New Farnley might start as favourites, but Farsley will be `up for it’.

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