SEVEN days ago Lancashire off-spinner Arron Lilley was at Headingley, taking the wickets of Yorkshire and England’s Jonny Bairstow and Gary Ballance in a T20 game.
But the off-break bowler found 20-year Gomersal wicket keeper Jack Seddon a tougher obstacle when he turned out for Delph and Dobcross in a Heavy Woollen Cup clash two days later.
In fairness to Lilley (pictured) the superb match-winning century from Seddon was largely a result of the inability of the Dobcross pacemen to find an answer to some ferocious hitting and it was Lilley who produced the highest individual score of the round in his side’s reply.
By the time he was out on 111 from 66 balls, Seddon had struck 13 fours and six sixes between several delays to retrieve the ball, or find a replacement for those hit out of the Oxford Road ground.
Gomersal eventually closed on 289-7, Jonathan Boynton weighing in with 74, to set Delph and Dobcross a daunting target.
It is hard to imagine a tighter finish to a game. The Saddleworth-based side hit back with Lilley smashing 157 off the Gomersal attack to get within three runs of the home side’s total before being bowled out for 286 – James Russell taking 4-47.
A quarter-final clash at home to Hanging Heaton or Pudsey Congs was awaiting the winners but hopes of an original Heavy Woollen District clash were dashed when Hanging Heaton crashed to a 155-run defeat.
Pudsey’s Nick Lindley hit 115 not out in his side’s 344-3 then Kez Ahmed took 4-33 to bowl out the Bennett Lane men for just 189.
Adverse weather has been largely responsible for the delays in completing cup ties on the designated dates this season, but fixture clashes have thrown into confusion the plans to get the quarter finals completed before the semi-final date on July 6.
The Priestley Cup, the Bradford League T20 competition and a full Bradford League Second Division programme meant either Pudsey Congs or Gomersal were unavailable on the next three Sundays, so a decision was due to be made on that issue this week.
Woodlands are the only team through to the semi-final to date, they beat Wakefield Thornes by 66 runs on Sunday with a match best 58 from Chris Brice and a 4-44 return from former Yorkshire paceman Pieter Swanepoel.
The outstanding games are Townville v New Farnley and Hoylandswaine vs Kirkburton.