Whitley in line for mouthwatering final repeat

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a REPEAT clash between the two sides involved in Sunday’s magnificent game in the Yorkshire Champion of Champions Trophy Final is on the cards for a week on Sunday.

Whitley Hall won this prestigious competition for the first time when beating crack Central Yorkshire League side Wrenthorpe in a game of almost 600 runs.

“It is one of the best games of cricket our club has ever been involved in and some people were saying it was one of the best they’d ever seen,” said Whitley official Steve Fletcher.

The competition brings together the previous season’s champions of all the major Leagues in Yorkshire and it is a competition in which the South Yorkshire League (SYL) representatives have had hardly any success. Treeton, in 1994, are the only other SYL side to win it.

Right now, Whitley can call themselves the best side in Yorkshire having beaten a Wrenthorpe side which includes former Yorkshire players Gary Fellows and Bradley Parker. In the semis, Whitley beat Bradford League champs Pudsey Congs and, before that, Huddersfield League champs Honley.

Chasing 295-6 in which David Paynter made 107, Fellows 52 and former Barnsley man Joe Ellis a rapid 37, Whitley had a great matchwinning innings from their South African all-rounder Jaco Castle.

Jim Tasker made 88 and Chris Siddall a patient 73 but Castle’s 89 off just 45 balls turned the game Whitley’s way and he struck 20 off five balls of the penultimate over to take Whitley to 299-5 with seven balls to spare,

The sides will meet again at Whitley a week on Sunday if they win their Yorkshire Council Play-off quarter-finals this week, Whitley being at home to CYL side Methley whilst Wrenthorpe play fellow CYL side New Farnley.

In their quarter-final Elsecar entertain Streethouse and get a semi-final at Wickersley if they win at Ackworth.

*Meanwhile, Whitley go top of the SYL Premier Division after beating Wickersley, 244-6, by four wickets. They overtook leaders Treeton, 166, who lost by 32 runs at Whiston. Elsecar, 248-5, go second after beating Aston by 11 runs.