League side beaten in semi-finals

Team boss Wayne Cotton had to play for the league side

Team boss Wayne Cotton had to play for the league side

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The Foster’s Halifax League select side lost in the semi-finals of the West Yorkshire Area Council Knockout Cup to the South Yorkshire League for the second year running yesterday.

A much-changed Halifax side lost by five wickets in the sunshine at Wath-on-Dearne CC after posting a below-par 154 for nine off their 40 overs.

They never really recovered after losing two wickets in the second over with Reece Jennison (Blackley) miscuing a short ball to mid-wicket and Nikki Hutchinson (Thornton) trapped leg before.

Blackley’s Ian Hall made an excellent 51 at the top of the order, hitting five fours and a six on a big ground, and he received support from Triangle pair Christian Silkstone (23) and Gary Rodger (25) before being sixth out with the total on 126.

SBCI’s Ollie Benson struck with South Yorkshire’s score on 12 but opener Brown made a fine 68 in stands of 63 for the second wicket and 64 for the third wicket to virtually ensure a home victory.

Halifax were already without Patrick Thomas, Junior Williams and Mick Hustler who were involved in the continuing Parish Cup final plus injured skipper Richard Laycock.

Kurtis Whippey (Triangle), Tom Earle (Mytholmroyd) and Hans Randhawa (Blackley) had been named in the team but they were replaced by Craig Taylor (Copley), Rodger and team boss Wayne Cotton (Bradshaw), who hit a couple of big sixes in his 14.

Cotton must now sort out a league side to play a Yorkshire XI in a Twenty/20 match at Copley on Friday (6.0).

South Yorkshire League v Halifax League

HALIFAX LEAGUE 154 for nine

I.Hall b Wilkinson 51

R.Jennison c Hadfield b Elliott 0

N.Hutchinson lbw b Elliott 0

C.Silkstone lbw b Moore 23

W.Cotton lbwe b Moore 14

G.Rodger c Ward b Allan 25

J.Hutchinson c Allan b Wilkinson 19

R.Soames c Baker b Wilkinson 0

C.taylor b Elliott 11

J.Sykes not out 0

O.Benson not out 1

Extras 10

Bowling: M.Jepps 8-1-24-0, A.Elliott 8-3-31-3, M.Wilkinson 6-0-31-3, S.Hopkins 8-2-26-0, A.Moore 8-2-26-2, J.Allan 2-0-9-1.

SOUTH YORKSHIRE 155 for four

M.Jepps lbw b Benson 6

M.Brown c Jennison b Sykes 68

P.Hadfield c Sykes b Silkstone 29

J.Allan c Silkstone b N.Hutchinson 33

B.Dalton not out 11

J.Ward not out 0

Extras 8

Bowling: O.Benson 6-0-35-1, J.Hutchinson 8-2-23-0, G.Rodger 6-2-19-0, C.Silkstone 5-0-26-1, J.Sykes 6-0-24-1, R.Jennison 3-0-16-0, N.Hutchinson 1-0-7-1.