Birstall through to Jack Hampshire final in style

Birstall through to Jack Hampshire final in style

BIRSTALL will take on Bradford League Championship Two promotion rivals Yeadon in the final of the Jack Hampshire Cup.

They recorded a 96-run win over Hunslet Nelson in last weekend’s semi-finals to continue their great form in both league and cup.

It was their batsmen that really did the damage as they put the result beyond the opposition with a first-innings run spree that saw captain Nick Kaye hammer 115 and Matt Dyson hit 110 not out in a tootle of 293 for two in 40 overs.

The Hunslet Nelson reply was spirited but a final total of 197 was nowhere near enough to match.

Things were much tighter for Yeadon, who reached their target with only eight balls to spare against Buttershaw St Pauls to set up the meeting with Birstall at Liversedge on August 18.

Birstall were also dominant in their Championship Two fixture last weekend, securing a 241-run win over Spen Victoria.

There were fine knocks from Josh Haynes (88), Rishy Limbechayer (71 not out) and Kaye (52) to set an uncatchable total of 291 for four.

In the event, the entire Spen card failed to match even Kaye’s individual total as James Russell’s 5-20 helped shoot them out for just 51.

A similar result at home to leaders Carlton tomorrow (Saturday) will certainly narrow the current 21-point gap between the two sides, but it is sure to be a very different encounter and the perfect indication of Birstall’s capacity to make a genuine title challenge.

Although enjoying a much-improved season, Spen Victoria are also facing a daunting task as they entertain third-placed Yeadon.

Meanwhile Liversedge, boosted by their win over Yeadon in their last league outing, will be hoping to improve their chance of avoiding relegation when they face Northowram Fields at Roberttown Lane.

Fourth-bottom Hopton Mills are at home to an Altofts side just five points behind them in another key relegation battle tomorrow.

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