The Halifax League and York Senior League have agreed on a slog-fest to decide who should go through to the finals of two inter-league competitions.
The pair were drawn together in the West Yorkshire Area Knockout Cup and the Yorkshire inter-league Nixon Trophy but finding two different dates to play the semi-finals in a congested calendar threatened to cause a headache.
So league officials, with the blessing of competition organisers, have agreed to play back-to-back Twenty/20 games on the afternoon of Sunday, July 20.
The teams had been due to have home advantage in one game each but the Halifax League, who instigated the idea for the two Twenty/20 games, have agreed to play both matches at Carlton Towers CC, Goole.
Manager Andrew Pinfield (Jer Lane) and captain Richard Laycock (Booth) have made three changes to the side which beat the Dales Council by eight wickets at Jer Lane recently in the Knockout Cup.
Jordan Laban (Jer Lane), Jack Gledhill (Triangle) and Adie Gawthrope (Mytholmroyd) replace Tom Earle (Mytholmroyd), Sam Mellor (Sowerby Bridge) and Patrick Thomas (Booth).
Halifax League press officer Geoff Wright said Earle was unavailable on July 20 and the other changes had been made purely on a “horses for courses” basis because it was felt some players were more suited to T20 cricket than others.
The introduction of slow bowler Gawthorpe and medium pacer Gledhill would give the bowling attack more variety.
Halifax League: Jordan Laban (Jer Lane), Steve Senior (Mytholmroyd), Rob Laycock (Booth), Josh Hutchinson (Thornton), Richard Laycock (Booth), Jack Gledhill (Triangle), Adie Gawthrope (Mytholmroyd), Ross Soames (Thornton), Chris Shannon (Booth), Jack Earle (Mytholmroyd), Sam Wilson (Jer Lane). Reserve: Patrick Thomas (Booth).
Barkisland are through to the semi-finals of the Huddersfield League’s Twenty/20 competition after a 21-run win at home to Delph and Dobcross last night.
Barkisland made 153 for nine with 47 from captain Darren Robinson and 30 from Aussie LJ Brown, Sajid Siraj taking five for 23.
Delph and Dobcross were restricted to 132 for nine in reply, former Barkisland player Andy Gleave (48) leading the way for the visitors and spinner Chris Williams taking three for 22.
Barkisland will have a home semi-final next Tuesday against the winners of the Kirkburton versus Shelley tie.