The Foster’s Halifax League select side made comfortable progress through to the Leeds Area Knockout Cup semi-finals yesterday when they beat the Dales Council by six wickets at Shipley CC.
The home side were dismissed for 96 on a wicket which had been covered and was quite bouncy, Blackley’s Reece Jennison taking four for 10.
There were also two inexpensive wickets each for skipper Richard Laycock (Booth) and the SBCI pair Ollie Benson and Jamie Sykes.
Blackley’s Ian Hall (32) and Thornton’s Nikki Hutchinson (27) put on 40 for the first wicket and Halifax made steady progress to their target with Thornton’s Ross Soames and Booth’s Patrick Thomas the other two men out.
Thomas and clubmate Robert Laycock were drafted into the side by team boss Wayne Cotton in place of Triangle’s Nathan Madden and Thornton’s Ben Harris.
Halifax now travel to play South Yorkshire in a repeat of last year’s semi-final, which they lost, on a date and at a venue to be decided.
SBCI and Sowerby Bridge won yesterday’s two delayed Crossley Shield games to complete the line-ups for the Foster’s Halifax League cup semi-finals.
Simon Hampshire (five for 12) and Martin Keast (three for 19) bowled superbly as a fancied Triangle side were limited to 151 at SBCI,
Matthew Scholefield made 63 as SBCI completed a nervy two-wicket success and they will now travel to Sowerby Bridge in the semi-finals.
Bridge won at Thornton yesterday and although they were due to travel to SBCI for the last-four clash, the game will be at Walton Street because SBCI’s firsts are hosting Jer Lane in the Parish Cup.
Revised draws (games on July 7, reserve date July 14) - Parish Cup: Booth v Warley, SBCI v Jer Lane.
Crossley Shield: Warley v Booth, Sowerby Bridge v SBCI.
Halifax League Division Two side Augustinians have been deducted five points per team for fielding nine men on three occasions this year.