Birstall handed timely reprieve

BIRSTALL were handed a reprieve in their Jack Hampshire Trophy quarter-final last Sunday when heavy rain saw their game against first division Wakefield St Michaels abandoned.

Birstall made 186-8 from their 40 overs, with Stewart Clifton (60) top scoring.

Saif Ur Rehman struck twice early in St Michaels reply but the visitors reached 44-2 when heavy rain saw play halted 13 overs into their innings.

Had just two more overs been possible it would have constituted a game and St Michaels were ahead on run rate when play was suspended and they will replay this Sunday.

There is incentive for the winners, who have been paired at home to Wrenthorpe in the semi-finals.

Wrenthorpe continued their quest to win five trophies this season when the Premier Division leaders inflicted a crushing defeat on New Farnley.

Former Birstall and Mirfield Parish Cavaliers batsman Eric Austin blasted 97 from 65 balls and shared a 134-run partnership with Greig Batty (50no) as they posted 243-4 from 30 overs.

No Farnley batsman reached double figures in reply as they were dismissed for 65 with Tom Glover (3-15), Batty (2-12) and Luke Patel (2-3) doing the damage.

Wrenthorpe play Hanging Heaton in the Heavy Woollen Cup semi-final this Sunday and meet Woodlands in the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy semi-finals on a date to be confirmed.

They are also set to qualify for the Yorkshire Council Play-offs.

Townville will entertain Wakefield Thornes in the other Jack Hampshire semi-final on Sunday July 29.

No play was possible in the Wheatley Cup quarter-finals between Mirfield PC A v Liversedge A and East Ardsley A v Wrenthorpe A, so they will try once again this Sunday.

Pudsey Congs and Hanging Heaton have been given one last chance to resolve their Priestley Cup quarter-final.

The match will now be played on Sunday, July 22 with the winners playing Manningham Mills for a place in the final on Sunday, July 29 at Scotchman Road.