Low Moor stun Booth in cup

Minnows Low Moor will contest their first Parish Cup final against SBCI at Sowerby St Peter’s on Sunday, August 5.

Moor pulled off a major shock when they won by five wickets away to the 2009 winners Booth in yesterday’s semi-finals.

The former Bradford Central League side, who are bottom of Division One, dismissed their Premier Division hosts for 182.

Bradley Williamson took four wickets while Patrick Thomas’s 85 was by far the best contribution to the home total.

Low Moor cruised to 147 without loss in reply. Rick Laycock then bowled Mark Mills for 60 with the first ball of his eighth over and completed a hat-trick with his next two deliveries.

However, Moor opener Andy Croasdell was unmoved by the drama and saw his side home with more than five overs to spare with an unbeaten 84.

SBCI, who lifted the cup two years ago, will be warm favourites for the final after beating visitors Sowerby Bridge by eight wickets.

Ollie Benson set them on their way by ripping out Bridge’s top four.

The visitors rallied from 42 for five to 160 for eight with an unbeaten 55 from Chris Whitehill and 32 from Dan Wheelwright.

However, that total proved nowhere near enough as Jamie Summerscales (52) led a strong top order effort from the Premier Division title contenders.

Sowerby Bridge seconds’ Crossley Shield tie at home to Southowram was off with Walton Street under water earlier in the weekend but the other game went ahead at Triangle where Warley upset the home side.

Andrew Oates - hero of many a Parish Cup campaign for Warley - was captain for the day in the absence of James Cooper and he led from the front.

Oates took four wickets and so did Shazad Hassan as Triangle, who will host the final on Sunday, August 19, were limited to 201 for nine with Tom Russell’s 48 the top score.

Oates then hit 78, Jimmy Sarwar made 71 and the unheralded Hassan 49 not out as last year’s beaten finalists Warley won by five wickets.

Northowram Fields bowed out of the Central Yorkshire League’s Jack Hampshire Cup when they lost by 93 runs at home to fellow Premier side Wakefield Thornes.

Lightcliffe will be at home to Pudsey Congs or Hanging Heaton in the semi-finals of the Bradford League’s Priestley Cup on Sunday, July 22 if they can win their delayed quarter final at home to Manningham Mills, which is now on Sunday, July 1,

Elland continued on their merry way at the top of the Huddersfield League when they completed a weekend double with a nine-wicket thrashing of Shelley, who were dismissed for 55.