Dan Hodgson produced a superb innings of 107 as holders New Farnley booked their place in the semi-finals of the Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup with a 96-run win over Bradford & Bingley at Wagon Lane.
His innings contained three sixes and nine four and along with contributions from skipper Lee Goddard (56), Adam Waite (34) and Steve Bullen (34), New Farnley were able to post a challenging score of 285-6.
The Premier Division leaders looked to be heading for a comfortable win when they reduced Bradford & Bingley to 76-8, but their young trio of Jack Luxton (61no), Lewis Brown (29) and Reece Cockshott (21) added 113 runs for the last two wickets, much to the delight of their club’s supporters.
Their spirited efforts frustrated New Farnley but could not prevent them lining up a home clash with Huddersfield League side Scholes on Sunday, July 3.
Methley’s hopes of joining them were shattered by their old Central Yorkshire League rivals Wakefield Thornes. An unbeaten 106 from Matthew Taylor enabled Thornes to make 262 before dismissing their rivals for 177.
Skipper Tom Chippendale battled hard for Methley. He took 4-21 and followed up with 44 as he and James Wainman (55) dominated their side’s reply. Javed Akhtar was the key bowler for Thornes with 5-29.
Thornes will now play the winners of the delayed third round tie between Townville and Honley which is now due to be played on Sunday, July 3.
Kesar Ahmed impressed with 7-33 as Farsley bowled out Undercliffe for 80 to secure a 186-run win and a place in the semi-finals of the Solly Sports Crowther Cup where they will be at home to either Barnsley Woolley Miners or Woodlands.
Andrew Sims (75), Ben Maddison (48) and Tom Moss (38) helped Farsley to make 266-9 despite the efforts of Absar Hussain (4-44).