Rams concede in cup final

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The 2012 Crossley Shield has ended in anti-climax and farce.

Today’s planned conclusion of the Towergate Halifax League’s second team competition at Triangle is off after Southowram conceded to Warley.

The final was due to resume after a three-week break with the Rams’ last pair facing a near-impossible task at 177 for nine in reply to their opponents’ 277 for four.

However, that will not now happen with Safir Hussain, one of the remaining batsmen, reported to be in London.

Howard Cooper, a Warley second teamer and father of captain James, said his club had learned that Southowram had conceded in a phone call from league chairman Anthony Briggs at 8.0 on Saturday evening.

“It is very disappointing. There will be a presentation but this has taken all the glory away from it,” said Cooper senior.

“I don’t understand why Southowram didn’t do that (concede) three weeks ago.”

Warley are celebrating a double, having also clinched the second teams’ title on Saturday, when they lost to Triangle but ensured their second-placed opponents were unable to bridge the nine-point gap between the pair.