Gomersal’s brave cup display in vain

Gomersal's Graham Hilton in Bradford League Division Two action against Scholes last Saturday.
Gomersal's Graham Hilton in Bradford League Division Two action against Scholes last Saturday.

Gomersal produced a terrific effort to push Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup holders Pudsey Congs close in Sunday’s delayed quarter-final.

Congs already have the Bradford League Twenty20 Cup in their trophy cabinet and are also in the Priestley Cup semi-final this Sunday but were close to losing their grip on the prestigious Heavy Woollen trophy last Sunday.

Callum Geldart top scored with 61 as Congs posted 257-9 but following a lengthy rain delay, which threatened to curtail proceedings, Gomersal set about chasing down the total.

Jonathan Boynton led the way with a superb 118, while Jordan Bloom supported with 47 but their efforts fell just short as they were bowled out for 220, with veteran Glenn Roberts claiming 4-50.

Congs now travel to Woodlands in the semi-finals, which are put back to July 19, while last season’s beaten finalists Townville tackle Huddersfield League giants Hoylandswaine in the other semi.

In a thrilling all-Huddersfield quarter-final, Hoylandswaine chased down Kirkburton’s impressive score of 307 for the loss of just two wickets as Sarjinder Pal Singh hit an unbeaten century.

Congs host Lightcliffe in the Priestley Cup semi-final this Sunday, when New Farnley entertain Bradford and Bingley.

Woodlands Seconds face having to replay their Crowther Cup semi-final after Sunday’s clash against Huddersfield League Scholes was abandoned at tea after a heavy cloudburst.

Scholes had made 193-9 when rain stopped play and the Heavy Woollen management will meet to decide when the tie will be replayed.

Pudsey Congs are facing a hectic spell of cup cricket as their second team play Centrral Yorkshire League side Ossett in the other Crowther semi-final on July 26, with the final to be held at Morley on Monday August 31.

Moorlands’ dreams of reaching a first Drakes Huddersfield League Sykes Cup final were ended by a narrow defeat to Premiership leaders Scholes last Sunday.

Andrew Fortis scored 26 at the top of the Moorlands innings but they were in deep trouble after seven of their top nine batsman failed to reach double figures in the face of excellent bowling by Tom Brook, who ended with 5-7 from 10 overs.

Chris Lloyd (38) and Andrew Walker (33) rescued Moorlands with a fine eighth-wicket stand which helped them reach 122 all out in the final over.

Moorlands produced a terrific display with the ball as seven Scholes wickets fell cheaply, with Darrell Sykes taking 3-25 and Michael Riounding claiming four catches behind the stumps.

However, their hopes were dashed as Tom Brook (44no) and Thomas Boorman (34) shared a crucial seventh-wicket stand which set up their three-wicket win to book a place in the final.