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Top line up for Heavy Woollen Cup semis

Top line up for Heavy Woollen Cup semis

Farsley, Hoylandswaine, New Farnley and Woodlands will go into the hat for Tuesday’s Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup semi-finals draw.

Woodlands and New Farnley are both past winners of the competition, while Hoylandswaine have been beaten finalists three times. Farsley have reached the last four for the first time.

A patient century from opener Tim Jackson, pictured above, was key to Woodlands’ 42-run win over Yorkshire League North opponents Castleford.

Jackson made 103, an innings containing 10 fours, and his main support came from skipper Cieran Garner (pictured right, 54) as Woodlands made 226-9.

Liam Hyde (44) and Umar Khan (31) were the best of the Castleford batsmen as their side were bowled out for 184. Off spinner Kez Ahmed continued his fine form with 4-42.

The day’s highest individual score and the best bowling performance both came in the tie between East Bierley and New Farnley.

An upset looked on the cards as East Bierley’s openers Matthew West and Sam Gatenby (63) shared a ferocious opening stand of 166.

West smashed nine sixes and six fours in his 121, while Gatenby showed similar attacking intent. While they were together it seemed possible that East Bierley might post a score of around 300, but East Bierley’s gung-ho approach ultimately proved to be their downfall.

Seventeen-year-old leg spinner Jack Dyson 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, skipper Lee Goddard again led the way with 82 against his old club. There were also half centuries for young opener Aidan Langley (53) and Steve Bullen (51no), as well as 43 not out from Dan Hodgson.

The tightest finish was played out at Shaw Lane where Hoylandswaine edged home by two wickets over Barnsley Woolley Miners with five balls to spare.

Ben Potter (42no) and former Hanging Heaton player Bandula Don (19no) came together with their side in trouble at 116-8 after Oliver Jackson took 3-14, and carefully steered Hoylandswaine past the home side’s score of 156.

Barnsley were made to fight hard for their runs when they batted first. Overseas player Harpreet Bhatia again impressed with 52 while Ali Jahangir made 36. Chris Holliday was the best Hoylandswaine bowler with 3-20.

Farsley were the day’s quickest winners as they dismissed Gomersal for 104 on their way to a six-wicket win, at Oxford Road.

Spinners Adam Ahmed (3-14) and Mark Harrison (3-23) were the key bowlers for Farsley, while Yorkshire opener Matthew Revis (50) ensured they secured their last-four spot.

Off spinner Kez Ahmed in action for Woodlands against Castleford Pictures: Ray Spencer

Crowther Cup

Birstall opener Brandon Silverwood hit a stunning 147 as his side scored a stunning 209-run Solly Sports Crowther Cup second round win over Buttershaw St Paul’s.

Silverwood hit five sixes and 16 fours as Birstall went on a run spree which saw them post a score of 345-8. A generous gift of 47 extras plus useful knocks from Sam Isles (39) and Nicky Sheard (33) left Buttershaw St Paul’s feeling battered. The ne player to emerge from the carnage with credit was bowler Pritesh Mistry with 5-48.

St Paul’s were dismissed for 136 with Luke Barker (39) and Ben Maddison (32) proving to be their top scorers.

Sandal pulled off an impressive victory by eight wickets against Huddersfield league opponents Scholes.

Luke Adams hit an unbeaten 123, an innings containing a six and 22 fours, while Sam Fairbrass (58no) and Usman Ilyas (36) played their parts as Sandal chased down their opponents’ score of 265-9. Adams and Fairbrass shared an unbroken 143 run partnership for the third wicket.

Harry Elvidge (59), Will Sykes (44), Josh Langfield (44) and Eden Pearson (38) were the main contributors for Scholes as that man Adams picked up 3-45.

Young Fin Walton impressed with 6-24 as Townville bowled out Methley for 144 on their way to a four-wicket win. Charlie Sykes (78) guided them to their target.

Sam Barraclough grabbed his opportunity when New Farnley promoted him in the batting order for their59-run win at Farsley. Barraclough made 83 and was backed up by Andy Langley (50) and Chris Sowden (35) in a total of 265. Kesar Arshad took 4-41 for Farsley, who were bowled out for 206 in reply. Dave Kenyon (37) and Jamie Blackburn (34) top scored.

Woodlands and Hoylandswaine have been familiar foes in recent years and it was the Albert Terrace side that came out on top this time by eight wickets.

Bowling out Hoylandswaine for 124,opener Sam Johnson making 37, was the key to their success as Josh Griffin (4-28) and Jack Bleazard (3-7) impressed. Experienced opener Nicky Rushworth (82no) led Woodlands to victory.

Opener Tom Whittaker made an unbeaten 66 as Barnsley Woolley Miners romped to a nine-wicket win over Ossett affetr bowling them out for 107.

Gomersal made 255-6 on their way to a 77-run win over Kirkburton in their delayed first round tie. Liam Grant (56), Ben Ford (48no) and Jordan Bloom (41) were their main contributors

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