Warley on brink of success

Crossley Shield final foes Warley and Southowram face the prospect of coming back to complete the game after a gap of three weeks for as little as one delivery.

The Rams reached 177 for nine off 38 overs in reply to Warley’s 277 for four when a rain-hit day’s play in the second teams’ cup final at Triangle was called off due to bad light.

Last man Neil Eastwood had just come to the wicket to partner Safir Hussain (39 no) with Warley on the brink of atoning for last year’s final replay defeat to Sowerby St Peter’s.

The Rams appealed against the light and the umpires’ decision was accepted with the boundary fielders also struggling to see the ball.

The match had started 10 minutes late due to rain and play was interrupted for around an hour in Warley’s innings. Southowram didn’t start their reply until almost 6.0 on a dull, overcast day.

A suggestion that the game should be finished in midweek was ditched because Hussain is working each evening.

Next weekend is a Bank Holiday weekend and Triangle’s ground is used for the local Rushbearing Festival on Sunday, September 2, so September 9 has been agreed for the resumption.

Southowram had sent Warley into bat and picked up the wickets of Dominic Oates for 17 and Jimmy Sarwar for 48.

That brought Andrew Oates and Liam Keywood together and they figured in a big stand. Oates, a Parish Cup final hero for Warley on a few previous occasions, made 108 and Keywood 89.

Both departed to Eastwood in the last over of the innings, Oates trapped leg before and Keywood bowled off the final delivery.

Gary Beaumont (72) kept his head while Southowram wickets tumbled around him, Amjid Azam and Keywood taking three apiece and Richard Smith two.

However, Beaumont’s demise as the ninth wicket down left the Rams hoping for a miracle and Warley with the champagne on ice.