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Intriguing cup clashes in prospect

Intriguing cup clashes in prospect


The Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup sees the Bradford Premier League well represented in the coming Quarter-Finals on Sunday.

Five Bradford League clubs are in the last eight with four of the sides clashing - East Bierley v New Farnley and Gomersal v Farsley.

Woodlands have the big draw at Albert Terrace as they face Yorkshire League North outfit Castleford, the conquerors of Hanging Heaton.

Woodlands v Castleford

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.

Half centuries from Sam Frankland (60), Schmulian (54no) and Liam Collins (53no) enabled them to post 243-3 in a match reduced to 45 overs per side. 

Castleford had a 40-run win over Drakes Huddersfield League side Kirkburton in the First Round, before travelling to Bennett Lane to face Hanging Heaton.

Castleford batted first and registered an impressive 317-6 with Liam Hyde (89), former Townville man Brayden Clark (82) and David Wainwright (49) all joining the party.

Hanging Heaton’s innings was hit by rain and they were set a DLS target of 208 from 26 overs. David Stiff (44), Nick Connolly (36) and Joe Fraser (34) tried to keep their side up with the required rate but it proved too tough a challenge as they finished at 190-9, and lost by 17 runs.

Castleford have now put themselves in with a great chance of winning this cup after putting out one of the favourites. However, Woodlands have been there before, winning the trophy on three occasions and doubtless relishing the challenge.

East Bierley v New Farnley

East Bierley has taken this competition by storm, with a remarkable victory over Wakefield Thornes, followed by a decisive win against Birstall.

It appeared that Thornes seemed to be in the box seat after scoring 340-6 and then taking Bierley wickets at regular intervals.

However, Ben Walter, above, produced an astonishing display of hitting as he powered East Bierley to a remarkable one-wicket win. Walter hit 22 sixes and 14 fours in a 113-ball innings of 227 not out which enabled his side to chase down the Wakefield Thornes score with 10.3 overs to spare.

Such was the ferocity of Walter’s assault on the bowling that he totally dominated an unbroken last-wicket stand of 80 with Reece Clark whose contribution was four.

In the next round, Bierley’s victory over Birstall was a sedate affair in comparison. They bowled Birstall out for 134 with Dan Abbott running through the batting with an impressive analysis of 6-39. The six-wicket win came after just 14.2 overs with openers Matthew West (41) and Sam Gatenby (33) leading the way.

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.

New Farnley should carry too many `big guns’ for East Bierley, but Wakefield Thornes probably thought the same!

Gomersal v Farsley

Gomersal had an emphatic 286-run victory over Sandal to reach the quarter-finals. Opener Graham Hilton, above, made an impressive 131 as his side scored 362, with 108 of his runs coming in boundaries as he struck eight sixes and 15 fours.

Liam Fletcher (68) shared a brisk opening stand of 127 with Hilton, while Jonathan Boynton added 52, before Gomersal lost their last six wickets for 43 chasing quick runs. Sandal were bowled out for 76 with Chris Rhodes (3-16) and Richie Wear (3-28) doing the damage,

Farsley have had two 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 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.Gomersal have home advantage in this tie, but Farsley should hold sway with their extra class..

Barnsley Woolley Miners v Hoylandswaine

Barnsley Woolley Miners’ overseas player Harpreet Bhatia is their key player, and he proved it when he hit 126 runs in the last round against Treeton, as his side won by 89 runs.

Hoylandswaine have come close to winning this cup. They have been beaten in three finals, but are always knocking on the door in the advanced rounds. Maybe it is their year to win it.

They certainly pack a punch with Chris Holliday, SP Singh, Muhammed Azharullah and Adnan Ghani at the forefront of their ambitions. The tie is something of a derby match and it should be a big attraction in the area.

The quarter final draw is
Barnsley Woolley Miners v Hoylandswaine
East Bierley v New Farnley
Gomersal v Farsley
Woodlands v Castleford

Click to listen to this week's league podcast featuring an interview with Townville chairman Graham Collinson plus a preview of the weekend's league and Heavy Woollen Cup action

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