IN a dramatic conclusion to a semi-final which ended in controversy, Barnsley have been reinstated into the Yorkshire League Cup and will be in the final despite initially ‘losing’ their semi-final.
Opponents Scarborough have withdrawn from the competition after holding their own inquiry into the incident when Barnsley’s last man was run out whilst backing up when Barnsley needed two runs to win.
The Scarborough bowler who was involved Dan Evans (no longer at the club) ran out Barnsley youngster Callum Millward but was already into his delivery stride and the dismissal should not have stood. But he was given out and Barnsley had seemingly lost by one run.
Barnsley lodged an appeal over the incident but Scarborough’s hierarchy - including former Yorkshire captain David Byas, their Director of Cricket - held a meeting over what to do.
They decided that, in the best interests of the club and the game, they should withdraw and they asked Barnsley to go into the final.
Barnsley captain Richard Wilkinson said his club initially talked about replaying the game but they held a meeting, discussed all aspects and decided to accept the reinstatement.
“We actually played Scarborough in a league game a week later and their captain and players were full of apologies and we wishing us all the best in the final, so we decided to go into the final,” said Wilkinson.
They will now stage the final on September 16 against Driffield or Rotherham Town who meet on Sunday.