Whitley seal semi final place

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WHITLEY Hall are testing themselves at the top table in the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champion of Champions Trophy and have moved into the semi-finals.

The South Yorkshire League champions saw off the Huddersfield League champions Honley by two wickets to go into the last four where they come up against Bradford League champs Pudsey Congs.

Whitley would have been satisfied to have dismissed Honley on their own track for 175, Tom Fletcher taking 3-20.

Jim Tasker led Whitley’s reply with 37 and others chipped in with Alex Welsh making 31 and Jaco Castle a typically brisk and crucial 31 off just 13 balls. Neil Longhurst made 25 and Whitley got home at 176-8.

It sets up the tough trip to Pudsey Congs who amassed 336-7 with former Doncaster Town man Babar Butt hitting 53, York Senior League side Dunnington replied with 204-9.

The other semi-final is between York and Wrenthorpe who, despite making 309-7, only just held off holders Scholes by two runs.

*THE two top individual feats of the day in the South Yorkshire League both came in the same match - and really were top efforts.

Nick Horsfield, with 148 not out, and young leg spinner Josh Cross, with 8-17, took the honours for Coal Aston in the Division One win at Kexborough.

Left hander Horsfield’s superb knock came from 110 balls with 19 fours and threes 6s and he helped add 75 runs from the last five overs to reach 293-7.

Kexborough were going along nicely in reply, 138-2 at the halfway stage, when 18-year-old Cross was introduced into the attack.

He then proceeded to take all remaining eight wickets finishing with figures of 7.2-1-17-8 as the home side were dismissed for 205.

Skipper Adam Wiles made 63, Richard Burgess 35, Neil Hinchcliffe 33no and Ross Diver 32.