Towergate Halifax: UNHERALDED batsman Peter Hoyle was in superb form for the second round running as Copley booked a Parish Cup final date with Booth at Southowram on Sunday week.
The middle-order man made an unbeaten 90 against Triangle in the quarter-finals and followed up with 82 not out as Copley again made the most of home advantage to floor another of the title contenders, Thornton, on Sunday.
A big stand with Mark Baldwin undermined Triangle and this time it was skipper Mohammed Seraj who shared the glory with Hoyle as Copley chased down Thornton’s 209 for eight total with six wickets and four overs to spare.
Copley took the game’s early honours, a couple of early wickets each for young Oliver Thorpe and left-armer Seraj putting Thornton on the back foot at 76 for five.
Nikki Hutchinson kept the visitors in the contest with a very patient 58, the visitors taking until the 32nd over to reach three figures in the sunshine on a good pitch.
A late assault led by Ross Parr (49) and Ollie Dunn (27) boosted the total and Thornton’s hopes were further raised when Andy Marsland fell in the first over of the reply.
At 85 for four in the 21st over Thornton were looking favourites but the stand between Hoyle and Seraj changed all that with the pair adding 126, the captain making 67 of them as Copley eventually cruised home with four overs to spare.
The 2009 competition winners Booth won away to a Sowerby side who were unable to raise their game sufficiently after a poor performance at home to Triangle the previous day.
Oliver Collinge struck three times early on to leave Sowerby on the ropes at 39 for five. The hosts needed 53 from Matthew Hoyle to give their total a little respectability, his brother Ben making 21 and last man Reece Richardson 26 not out in a last wicket stand of 38.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for the visitors, who found runs hard to come by early in their reply and slipped to 54 for four with Chris Punda picking up a couple of wickets.
However, a fifth-wicket stand of 74 between Richard Laycock (55) and his brother Robert (41 no) took the visitors to within 30 of victory and Patrick Thomas crashed three sixes in an unbeaten 27 to settle matters.
Sowerby had some consolation when they beat Sowerby Bridge in the Crossley Shield final and they will meet Warley, conquerors of Thornton, in the final at Mytholmroyd on August 21.
Sowerby St Peter’s v Booth
Booth won by five wkts.
SOWERBY ST PETER’S 157
G. Standeven c Brown b Collinge 15
R. Brook c Cockroft b Collinge 12
A. Gawthrope c Cockroft b Ric Laycock 0
G. Hayes lbw b Collinge 1
G. Clarke c Ric Laycock b P. Thomas 4
B. Hoyle b Ayub 21
M. Hoyle run out 53
M. Schofield c Cockroft b Ayub 8
C. Patrick st Cockroft b Sharkey 0
C. Punda c L. Thomas b Sharkey 11
R. Richardson not out 26
Bowling: Ric Laycock 6-3-5-1, O. Collinge 9-4-35-3, P. Thomas 5-0-19-1, M. Ayub 9-1-57-2, I. Sharkey 7.2-0-35-2.
BOOTH 159 for five
R. Worsnop c Clarke b Schofield 1
M. Brown lbw b Punda 19
I. Sharkey c Standeven b Hoyle 2
Ric Laycock b Punda 55
J. Midgley lbw b Richardson 0
Rob Laycock not out 41
P. Thomas not out 27
Bowling: M. Schofield 9-4-16-1, M. Hoyle 9-5-14-1, R. Richardson 9-0-39-1, C. Punda 7-0-36-2, C. Patrick 7.2-0-44-0.
Copley v Thornton
Copley won by six wkts.
THORNTON 209 for eight
R. Soames b O. Thorpe 25
N. Hutchinson c Whittaker b Thorpe 58
J. Ashley b Hartley 5
M. Shanks c Mazlak b Hartley 0
J. Hutchinson c Hartley b Seraj 15
G. Soames b Seraj 7
R. Parr run out 49
O. Dunn b Thorpe 27
J. Blencowe not out 14
M. Clayton not out 5
Bowling: R. Turner 9-2-27-0, O. Thorpe 9-2-33-3, I. Hartley 9-2-30-2, M. Seraj 9-2-37-2, M. Baldwin 7-0-64-0, S. Skinner 2-0-17-0.
COPLEY 211 for four
A. Marsland c G. Soames b J. Hutchinson 0
O. Thorpe c R. Soames b Parr 18
N. Whittaker c Dunn b G. Soames 22
P. Hoyle not out 82
M. Baldwin c Blencowe b G. Soames 7
M. Seraj not out 67
Bowling: J. Hutchinson 8.1-2-35-1, B. Harris 8-2-28-0, R. Parr 9-1-58-1, G. Soames 9-2-30-2, J. Blencowe 4-0-24-0, M. Clayton 3-0-25-0.