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New Farnley win Heavy Woollen Cup

New Farnley win Heavy Woollen Cup


New Farnley are celebrating after defeating Woodlands by 126 runs in the Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup final at Shepley.

Mark Lawson was named man of the match for following up his unbeaten 33 with a decisive spell of 5-24 as Woodlands were dismissed for 120 in reply to New Farnley’s 246-6.

Woodlands looked to be building a solid platform when openers Sam Frankland (33) and shared a stand of 57, before Lawson took three wickets in one devastating over.

Key wicket: Brad Schmulian is clean bowled by Mark Lawson Picture: Ray Spencer

Two in two: Mark Lawson clean bowls Liam Collins Picture: Ray Spencer

After trapping Jackson lbw, he followed up by bowling dangerman Brad Schmulian and Liam Collins in successive balls for ducks.

When he removed Woodlands’ skipper Cieran Garner to another lbw decision in his next over, they had lost four wickets without scoring.

Lawson added the wicket of Scott Richardson before top scorer Frankland was run out after a mix up with Greg Finn.

Muhammad Bilal, who had suffered ankle injury while fielding, and Kez Ahmed struck some defiant blows, but they could not save their side from defeat.

Woodlands were all out in 34.3 overs with Grant Soames – like Lawson a former Woodlands player – sealing victory by dismissing Bilal and Chris Brice with successive balls.

Although Lawson, right, was a deserving man of the match, even he would acknowledge that victory would not have been possible without the efforts of skipper Lee Goddard and Dan Hodgson.

Their decision to bat first looked to have backfired when Aidan Langley, Adam Waite and Steve Bullen were all dismissed cheaply as New Farnley slipped to 24-3.

The new ball pairing of Bilal and Elliot Richardson found conditions to their liking, but Goddard and Hodgson slowly changed the direction of the game with a fourth wicket stan of 130.

At first, they defended solidly and picked up singles to get the scoreboard moving, before becoming more expansive once the spinners were introduced.

Goddard made 65 and Hodgson (67) and both played with patience and good judgement as the tempo of the innings was gradually increased.

After both men were dismissed in quick succession, Grant Soames (38) and Lawson (33no) launched a late assault. Lawson took 22 from the final over of the innings from Schmulian which left the popular Kiwi with figures of 2-74.

A total of 246-6 would have been beyond New Farnley’s expectations when they were 24-3. It lifted their spirits and left Woodlands with a mountain to climb, one which proved too stiff and too challenging for them.

New Farnley were deserved winners, and as they celebrated, hosts Shepley should also bask in the glory of a job well done. Hosting the final for the first time, they provided the teams and their supporters with a wonderful stage on which to show their talents.

Match scorecard

New Farnley skipper Lee Goddard with the Heavy Woollen Cup Picture: Ray Spencer

Woodlands gained some measure of revenge for their defeat with their second team beating New farnley by 221-runs to reach the Solly Sports Crowther Cup final.

Tom Clee hit a superb 120 not out with six sixes and nine fours as Woodlands scored an imposing 325-6 before dismissing New Farnley by 104..

Jak Murphy (64), Nicky Rushworth (40) and Liam Brearley (38) gave support to Clee as the New farnley bowling attack was out under heavy pressure.

Leg spinner Jack Dyson (4-59) was the only bowler to emerge with credit and was his side's top scorer with 56 as they were bowled out for 104. Woodlands will play Hanging Heaton in the final at Sandal on Monday, August 29.

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