Gomersal, Woodlands and Heaton reach HW Cup quarter-finals

GOMERSAL reached the quarter-finals of the Heavy Woollen Cup thanks to a thrilling eight-run derby victory over Spen Victoria last Sunday.

Spen had caused a major upset in the first round by dumping Barnsley out and they threatened another giantkilling when chasing Gomersal’s 236-6, in a match reduced to 40 overs per side.

Opener Peter Jackson set the tone with a fine 85, before Matt Garside threatened to win the game against his former side with a rapid 83.

Tosh Baker (30) also chipped in with useful runs but Spen fell just short on 228-9, as Richard Whitehurst took an excellent low catch in the deep to dismiss Garside.

Ben Platt (3-16) was the pick of Gomersal’s bowlers and they were earlier well led by Adam Greenwood (65), Andy Gorrod (61), Greg Pickles (40) and Shabbir Rashid (35).

Woodlands and Hanging Heaton eased past Central Yorkshire League rivals.

Left arm spinner Chris Brice claimed 4-20 against his former club, while captain Pieter Swanepoel returned 3-18 as Birstall were bowled out for just 99, despite a top score of 34 from Stuart Clifton.

Woodlands eased to an eight-wicket win with Sam Frankland (42no) and Scott Richardson (33) the leading scorers.

Hanging Heaton proved too strong for Townville as they completed a nine-wicket win. Mark Lawson claimed 5-16 as Townville were dimissed for 104 before Heaton raced to their target in just 14.1 overs.

Joe Fraser ended 45 not out, while there was an explosive display from Ryan Senior, who smashed five sixes and three fours on his way to 45 from just 22 balls.

Elsewhere, Morley dumped out a second Huddersfield League side when they defeated Shelley by 20 runs, Yeadon ended the CYL’s hopes in the competition by upsetting New Farnley with a 100-run win.

Shepley defeated Huddersfield rivals Scholes by 33 runs, Slaithwaite overcame Barkisland by 18 runs, while Delph and Dobcross are a third Huddersfield side through to the quarter-finals after they beat Golcar by five wickets.

Quarter-finals, Sunday June 5, start 1pm: Hanging Heaton v Morley, Delph & Dobcross v Gomersal, Shepley v Woodlands, Slaithwaite v Yeadon.

Crowther Cup quarter-finals: Methley v Skelmanthorpe, Wrenthorpe v Kirkburton, Ossett v Barnsley, Yeadon v Liversedge or Jer Lane.