Batting woes end dream of Lord’s return

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THERE is to be no Lord’s visit this year for past National Village KO winners Houghton Main.

They were beaten by Scottish side Freuchie in the last 16 of the competition.

The South Yorkshire League side went into the game in form and confident, not least after having seen Freuchie struggle to 58-3 when the game was originally played up in Fife before being rained off.

Houghton staged the ‘replay’ but Freuchie were on top from the start, an opening stand of 80 setting them up for a total of 193-6 off their 40 overs, Houghton having pegged them back when they seemed set for over 200.

It was a target Houghton felt they could match, particularly after recent batting displays. However, they were in trouble from the start with the top half of the order gone and only 30 on the board.

They were dismissed for just 75 and so there was to be no repeat of their Lord’s triumph of 2006. Freuchie are now at home to holders Sessay from North Yorkshire in the quarter-finals.

n The South Yorkshire League have pointed out that this season’s Whitworth Cup Final will be played at Wath not Wickersley as has been reported.

Whitley Hall will have to wait for their opponents as Wickersley and Treeton don’t ‘replay’ their abandoned semi-final until Sunday, July 31.

Persistent rain halted matters on Sunday with Wickersley struggling on 83-6. They will again host the re-staged game.

The final is scheduled for the following week, Sunday, August 7. The start at Wath will be 12.30.

The SYL’s Premier Division leaders Whitley Hall will bid to reach the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions of Champions Final on Sunday when they go to last year’s Bradford League champions Pudsey Congs.

Already through to the final are Wrenthorpe after a great win over Yorkshire League kings York.

Chasing York’s 252-6, Wrenthorpe got home by seven wickets with seven overs to spare thanks to a magnificent 142 not out from former Yorkshire all rounder Gary Fellows which included 20 fours and a six.

Whitley, on 71 points, currently lead the Premier Division by five points from Elsecar. Treeton are a further two points behind and the title destiny appears to be between these three.

In Division One, Darfield are well clear at the top on 77 points. Second come Shiregreen on 60 points, a point ahead of Coal Aston - and these two meet at Coal Aston on Saturday.

Sunday’s President’s Cup Final sees Sheffield Utd B face Bradfield B at Coal Aston.