Hall sights set on double glory

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WHITLEY Hall remain on course to finish the season with a bang and face two major cup finals on the final two weekends of the season.

With Treeton poised to clinch the South Yorkshire League title, Whitley’s major interest will lay firstly with the Yorkshire Council Championship Play-off as they prepare for next Sunday’s final.

They reached it with an 11-run win over Premier Division rivals Aston Hall. It means they now meet Central Yorkshire League side New Farnley in the final next Sunday at Methley (noon).

Whitley made 222 with Jim Tasker 64, Chris Siddall 56 and Rob Ward taking 3-46.

Aston pushed them all the way but just fell short on 211, Asad Butt 62, Jaco Castle 4-65, Adam Wilson 3-42.

In the other semi, New Farnley were dismissed for 156 and Methley were all out for 151.

The following Sunday, Whitley will aim to repeat last season’s fantastic success in the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy when they face Wrenthorpe, the hot favourites they beat in last year’s final.

Wrenthorpe, who lead the Central Yorkshire League lost their first game on Saturday but made amends the next day when winning the prestigious Heavy Woollen Cup with a 61 run win over Townville.

The Whitley-Wrenthorpe final is at Elsecar on September 16.

There will be no all-South Yorkshire final in the Yorkshire League Cup after Driffield beat Rotherham Town in their semi-final. Aamir Sajjid hit 124 in Driffield’s 247 (Ben Sanderson 6-23) and Rotherham were all out for 192 (Gurman Randhawa 62). Barnsley play Driffield in the final at Shaw Lane on September 16.