Moorlands’ final hopes are dashed by Hoylandswaine

East Bierley second team overcame Ossett in the Crowther Cup semi-final at South View Road last Sunday and will face Hanging Heaton in the final.
East Bierley second team overcame Ossett in the Crowther Cup semi-final at South View Road last Sunday and will face Hanging Heaton in the final.

Moorlands’ hopes of reaching a first Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup final were dashed by Hoylandswaine last Sunday.

Moorlands had produced a shock win over Treeton in the last round but found the Huddersfield League Premier Division giants a step too far in the semi-final.

Moorlands were dismissed for 157 as Javed Iqbal claimed 3-32 before Hoylandswaine eased to a six-wicket win with Michael Cranmer hitting 59 and SP Singh 37.

Last year’s beaten finalists Hoylandswaine will now face 2013 runners up New Farnley in the final at Methley on Sunday July 31.

Former county spinner James Middlebrook played a leading role as New Farnley defeated Huddersfield League champions Scholes by 35 runs.

Middlebrook took 5-30 and was backed up by Qasim Khan (3-18) as Scholes were bowled out for 140 in reply to New Farnley’s 175, which had seen Rushy Limnechaya (45no) lead the way in the face of tight bowling from Joshua Brook (4-21) and Tom Brook (3-72).

East Bierley and Hanging Heaton will contest the Crowther Cup final at Cawthorne on Bank Holiday Monday, August 29.

East Bierley edged to a three-wicket win over Ossett, while Hanging Heaton defeated New Farnley by 50 runs in last Sunday’s semi-finals.

Nohman Hussain made 47 and Chris Hosley (39) as Ossett posted 184-9 against Bierley, with Robert Barker claiming 4-49.

Ross Monaghan led Bierley to victory as he hit 72 in reply.

New Farnley’s hopes of matching their first team and reaching a final were shattered as they suffered at the hands of Hanging Heaton.

Farnley looked in control when they reduced the visitors to 58-5 and 77-7 in the face of good bowling from Joe Bedford (3-14).

Adeel Hafeez (53) and James Byrne (24) shared a crucial 53-run stand for the eighth wicket as Heaton were bowled out for 146 in the 44th over, with Chris Blackburn, Nat Skirrow and Josh Griffin claiming two wickets each.

Byrne produced a terrific spell of bowling in reply, bowling Farnley opener Reece Thompson first ball.

Farnley were reduced to 8-5 early in their reply and although they rallied late on, with Joe Bedford (40) top scoring, they were bowled out for 96.

Byrne finished with 4-9 from 10 overs, while Oliver Newton claimed 4-24.

n The Bradford League Twenty20 Cup finals day takes place this Sunday at Pudsey St Lawrence.

Hosts St Lawrence meet Bradford and Bingley in the first semi-final (11am) followed straight after by Hanging Heaton against Methley at 2pm.

The final is scheduled to take place at 5pm and entry for spectators is free.