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Townville hoping for Heavy Woollen glory

Townville hoping for Heavy Woollen glory

The Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup is now at the quarter-final stage, and there are some cracking ties to be played on Sunday.

Townville v Honley

As beaten finalists three times in ten years, Townville will be extra keen to go one better this season and add the famous trophy to their cricketing CV.

First of all, they need to beat a very good Huddersfield League side in Honley who put out Hanging Heaton in the last round. Yorkshire’s Will Fraine made 84 runs as Honley defeated Hanging Heaton by three wickets.

Townville beat one of the favourites in Woodlands in the First Round, before beating Birstall in a canter in the last round.

Jonny Booth was unbeaten on 43 as Townville marched to an eight-wicket win at Birstall. Paceman Conor Harvey took 4-15 as Birstall were dismissed for 101.

Bradford & Bingley v New Farnley

These sides reached the quarter-finals in entirely different circumstances. Bradford & Bingley had an impressive victory over Yorkshire Premier League play-off winners Castleford, while New Farnley scraped a win at Broad Oak when at one time it seemed like curtains.

Bradford & Bingley built a massive score of 277-7 after new Australian batsman Corey Miller hit two sixes and 11 fours in making the top score of 107. He was well supported by England U19 batsman Will Luxton (58), with useful additions from skipper Ed Brown who scored a good 30 and 17-year old Lachlan Doidge (35). The latter also took 5-23 with his promising off-spin to help his side to the 135-run win.

New Farnley batted first against Broad Oak and their batting looked out of sorts without Dan Hodgson. However, they looked set for a big total while Aidan Langley (70) and Steve Bullen (60) were together, but once they departed the last eight wickets fell for 53 runs and their side were dismissed with 4.2 over unused.

The below par target of189 looked to be well within Broad Oak’s reach when skipper Dominic Finn (63) and Fletcher Coutts (40) were at the wicket. At 160-6, and with plenty of overs left, it appeared to be the home side’s game.

However, left arm spinner Alex Lilley had other ideas and his late hat-trick finished off Broad Oak with 26 still needed. It was a close shave for New Farnley, but good teams come through adversity.

One of the fascinations of this tie is New Farnley’s Australian quick bowler Liam Guthrie in possible combat with his fellow countryman Corey Miller.

Scholes (HL) v Batley
Scholes are now emerging as one of the teams most likely to win the tournament, especially after eclipsing Hoylandswaine in the last round.

Hoylandswaine were toppled by their Huddersfield League rivals Scholes who chased down a total of 290 to win by six wickets.

Yorkshire’s Ben Birkhead showed his class with an unbeaten 119 – seven sixes and nine fours – and was joined in an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 155 by Jack Shelley (74no).

Hoylandswaine could have scored more without the sterling efforts of Scholes' bowlers Louis Brook (3-53) and Sculley (3-74) who stuck to their task admirably.

Batley will be underdogs in this tie, but they did beat a very good Ossett side in the previous round. Ossett’s score of 218-5 was surpassed by Batley in a fine five-wicket win. Naveed Arif (53no) and Nikash Khan (45) were the heaviest scorers in the run-chase.

Wakefield Thornes v Methley

This is heavyweight clash between two old Central Yorkshire League rivals.

Wakefield Thornes have built a fine reputation in the ECB Yorkshire Cricket Southern Premier League, and had no problem beating Skelmanthorpe in the previous round.

Imran Mahboob took 4-12 as Wakefield Thornes bowled out Skelmanthorpe for 103 on their way to a convincing nine-wicket win. James Wolfenden (43no) and Joe Billings (34no) saw their side home.

Methley’s Yorkshire all-rounder Matthew Waite made the highest individual score in the last round, scoring 150 in a total of 289-5 against Kirkburton. The prolific young batsman Eitan Litvin scored 61 and James Wainman 42 not out added lustre to the score in a 158-run win.

The erratic nature of player availabilities could be Methley’s downfall in this one. However, it they are anywhere close to being at full strength it could be a very close one.

Townville v Honley
Bradford & Bingley v New Farnley
Scholes (HL) v Batley
Wakefield Thornes v Methley

Winners since 2010

2010 Wrenthorpe

2011 Shepley

2012 Wrenthorpe

2013 Hanging Heaton

2014 Pudsey Congs

2015 Woodlands

2016 New Farnley

2017 Woodlands

2018 Hanging Heaton

2019 Shepley

2020 No Competition

2021 New Farnley

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