THIS SUNDAY sees the quarter final of the Priestley Cup, with Hanging Heaton, Scholes and Oakenshaw side Woodlands carrying the Kirklees flag, but it has been a nail-biting time getting to this stage for some clubs.
In fact, it has been something of a lottery. The second-round ties were originally scheduled for the June 5 and while rain washed out five ties then, they fared little better last week.
Gomersal made 161-8, Adam Greenwood making 60 not out, but lost out at Undercliffe on a faster scoring rate despite the home side making only 85-1 in their reply.
Batley made only 87-9 in their 25 overs but 41-1 in 11 overs was enough to see Lightcliffe through on faster scoring. Pudsey St Lawrence went through under the same rules against Wrenthorpe and Scholes beat Yeadon the same way.
In another 25-over game Scholes made 163-3, Kasir Maroof top-scoring with 84 not out, then James Stansfield took 4-20 to reduce Yeadon to 97-7 in 18 overs.
There was no play at all in the game between Woodlands and Cleckheaton so that tie was decided in a ‘bowl out’ that finished 2-1 to Woodlands.
All that leaves Hanging Heaton travelling to Bradford and Bingley in their last-eight game, Scholes are at home to Lightcliffe, Woodlands are at home to Baildon, and First Division leaders Pudsey St Lawrence go to Championship side Undercliffe.