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Woodlands book semi-final date after convincing win at Gomersal

Liam Collins struck a brisk 24 not out from just 12 balls to see Woodlands into the Priestley Cup semi-finals with a comfortable nine-wicket win over Championship One side Gomersal last Sunday. Picture: Paul Butterfield
Liam Collins struck a brisk 24 not out from just 12 balls to see Woodlands into the Priestley Cup semi-finals with a comfortable nine-wicket win over Championship One side Gomersal last Sunday. Picture: Paul Butterfield

Woodlands eased into the Priestley Cup semi-finals last Sunday as they brushed aside Championship One side Gomersal with a nine-wicket win.

Gomersal were aiming to pull of a big upset against the 2016 cup winners buit it wasn’t to be as they were dismissed for 87.

Micky Hutchins led the way with 31 but nine Gomersal batsmen failed to make double figures and the last eight wickets fell for just 32 runs.

Off spinner Kez Ahmed produced a match-winning spell of 5-7 from 4.5 overs, while Muhammad Bilal claimed 2-30 and there was a wicket apiece for Elliot Richardson and brother Scott, who returned to first team action after recovering from a broken leg sustained pre-season.

Woodlands eased to their target in 14.3 overs as Sam Frankland struck 42 not out and shared a 51-run stand with captain Tim Jackson (22) before Liam Collins finished the job with 24 not out from 12 balls.

Woodlands will now travel to Townville in the last four on Sunday July 29 after they overcame old foes Wrenthorpe by 79 runs.

In a clash of the former Central Yorkshire League heavyweights, Townville opener Jonathan Booth (99) set his side on course for victory with a fine innings which saw him dismissed one run short of a century.

Harry Clewett (52) and Connor Harvey (35) helped Townville reach 288 all out, with that total boosted by 40 extras.

Kabir Bashir (5-32) and James Glynn (3-74) were Wrenthorpe’s best bowlers.

Wrenthorpe struggled to keep up with the required run rate and lost wickets in the pursuit and although Matthew Race and Mohammad Bashir both made 39, the visitors were bowled out for 209 as Clewett took 4-61.

Hanging Heaton’s hopes were ended by league leaders and cup holders New Farnley as they suffered a six-wicket defeat.

New Farnley had paceman Andrew Brewster (4-30) and spinner Luke Jarvis (3-62) in form as they bowled Hanging Heaton out for 224.

Brewster claimed the wickets of openers Gary Fellows in the first over and Nick Connolly for 6 as the visitiors slipped to 20-2.

Callum Geldart led the revival with 59, while David Stiff (32) and Joe Fraser (31) helped boost the total.

However, Heaton were unable to take the early wickets they needed to put New Farnley under pressure as openers Simon Lambert (40) and Steve Bullen (36) gave them a solid start.

Captain Lee Goddard (67) and second-team captain Alex Baldwin (48no) shared a fourth-wicket stand of 112 which enabled their side to reach their target with 12.2 overs to spare.

New Farnley face another tough tie as they travel to Farsley in the semi-finals after they reached the last four for the second-successive year with a 24-run win over Lightcliffe.

Dan Hodgson (68) and Pat Kruger (50) helped Farsley to 199-6. Opener Alex Stead (44) and Shoaib Hassan (31) led the reply but Lightcliffe were restricted to 174-9 as Yorkshire’s James Wainman claimed 3-31.

Hanging Heaton’s second team reached the Priestley Shield quarter-final with a 125-run win over neighbours Batley.

Chris Goodair made 120 not out from 94 balls and was supported by a brisk 46 from James Byrne as Heaton posted 321-8.

Sufyan Patel hit 88 in reply but Batley were dismissed for 196 as John Carruthers took 4-38.

Priestley Shield quarter-final draw: Pudsey Congs v Scholes, Wrenthorpe v Bowling Old Lane, Cleckheaton v Pudsey St Lawrence, Hanging Heaton v Baildon.