It Hall comes down to final showdown

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WHITLEY Hall pulled off one of the best results in their history when toppling Bradford League giants Pudsey Congs in the semi-finals of the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions of Champions Trophy.

The reigning South Yorkshire League champions stunned the Bradford League champions on their home patch with a seven wicket win achieved with two overs to spare.

Pudsey, who included former Doncaster Town star Babar Butt, elected to bat and made 236-7 with Adam Patel 63, Gareth Phillips 41 and Mohammed Naveed 40.

Losing an early wicket, it was a test for Whitley’s strong batting line-up but they proved up to it led by Neil Longhurst and Chris Siddall who put on 141 for the second wicket.

Siddall made 53 but Longhurst, with 12 fours and a six, went on to 92 aided by Jim Tasker, 55 not out and he was joined by Jaco Castle, 21no, to see them home at 240-3.

They play Central Yorkshire League champs Wrenthorpe in the final on a date to be arranged as they bid to be the first SYL club to win this trophy.

Barnsley completed a Yorkshire League double over the Sheffield clubs when they followed up the 70 run win over Sheffield United with a three wicket defeat of Collegiate.

Richards Wilkinson took 5-68 in Collegiate’s 145 in which Nick Gaywood made 38 and Jason Fisher 37. Matt Wilson top scored with 38 in Barnsley’s 146-7. Peter Turnbull took 3-48 and Will Street 3-54.

United also lost to Castleford, replying to their 235-7 with 145.

Rotherham Town won their derby against Doncaster Town who made 201-9 (Felix Odell 60, Jon Redfern 55). Ben Sanderson followed up his five wickets in the previous day’s win over Driffield by taking 3-52.

Rotherham replied with 203-4, Stuart Guy top scoring with 64 and half-centuries from Gerhardus Rudolph, 51, and James Moorhouse 50.

The result leaves Rotherham five points behind leaders York who have a game in hand. However, they are 23 points ahead of third-placed Scarborough.