THE first-ever Examiner Twenty/20 Trophy final will be a Holme Valley derby.
Honley and Scholes proved much too strong for their opponents in last night’s semi-finals and will now meet each other at Honley’s vast green acres this Sunday, at 2pm.
Chasing an unprecedented League, Sykes Cup and Trophy treble Honley’s Harlon Haye blitzed an under-strength Golcar, hammering an unbeaten 95 as the Far End Lane team rattled up a massive 187-6 total.
Adam France struck in the first over, when he bowled Honley skipper Simon Kelly with a full toss, but Golcar’s joy was shortlived as second team stumper Chris Woodhead and fast bowler Haye set about the visiting bowling attack with gusto.
The 100 came up in the ninth over, and Woodhead reached his own half-century the following over, before being caught in the deep by Mitchell O’Connor for 60 off 33 balls, having put on 111 for the second wicket.
From then on it was a one-man show, as Harlon made ‘hay.’
All bowlers came the same to him, with only James Charlton escaping real punishment, his four overs going for just 23 runs, while picking up two wickets.
France returned for his second spell and bowled Danny Howard to leave Honley on 160-4, while Liam Rothery took a super running catch to dismiss Martin Green, but other dropped catches didn’t help Golcar’s cause, one resulting in Robert Read scurrying off to hospital after ripping out a thumb nail.
Haye’s biggest problem came when John Greaves careered into him, leaving the big man sprawling, but he still managed to make his ground, ending with nine fours and one six.
Golcar’s reply never really took off, France being bowled by Ross Bryars in the second over, the young second team bowler finishing with three for 17. O’Connor clubbed a six off Martin Green, but then tamely chipped the next delivery to Haye, while there were a couple of blows from Steve Whitwam and Gary Colman (17), but Golcar could only finish on 97-8.
Similarly, the game at Scholes where Clayton West were the visitors was not much of a contest, although Clayton might have fancied their chances after plunging the Chapelgaters to 58-5 and restricting them 124-9.
That they got so many was largely down to skipper James Noble who struck eight fours in an invaluable 51.
Richard Holmes (12no) was Scholes’ second highest score, while Tom Brook made 10 before Noble was last out.
Without the unavailable Stuart Rank, Clayton’s hopes lay mainly with South African Paul van den Berg and Mark Firth, but they were soon back in the pavilion, and at 32-5 there was no way back for the Conference club.
Scholes 124-9 (Noble 51) Clayton West 51.Honley 187-6 (Haye 95no, Woodhead 60) Golcar 97-8).