MELTHAM will tackle reigning Paddock Shield holders Scholes in this year’s final after brushing aside a weak Shelley challenge in the second semi-final.
Already missing opening batsman Gary Eastwood , who had delayed a holiday flight the previous week when the match was originally scheduled, Shelley then lost prolific opener David Greaves, first ball of the match after being sent in to bat on a lively Westerley Lane wicket.
Richard Holroyd was the bowler to do the initial damage, claiming three for 15 from 10 overs, while his brothers Tom and Jack, weighed in with two for three and one for eight (from nine overs) respectively.
And with Simon Kenworthy nipping in with two for 27, Shelley were dismised for just 80, Alan Greenwood’s 24 the top score.
Shelley’s only hope was a quick breakthrough, but it didn’t happen as Howard Palmer and Paul Hamer put on 45 for the first wicket.
And it was Hamer, who sealed a nine-wicket win with an unbeaten 49 not out and put his side into the final on Sunday, August 19, the venue which will be decided at the League’s next Council meeting on Wednesday.
There were no Premiership Two matches played on Saturday, although Shepley managed to beat Barkisland in a re-arranged game the following day, winning by four wickets, Jason Thorpe taking five for 42 to dismiss the Calderdale men for 110..
Three games were completed in the Inter-Conference, the most remarkable coming at Kirkheaton, where the match against Marsden ended in a tie, with 14-year-old Jonny Lodge making his maiden 50 for the Bankfield club.
Former first team skipper Martin Berry top-scored with 48 in Marsden’s 169-6 total, before young Lodge and the experienced John Beaumont (41) came together in a century stand for the second wicket which set Kirkheaton up for the win.
However, Sam Hall (4-23) and Steve Smith (3-37) hit back for Marsden as Kirkheaton collapsed to 169 all out, to bring about the first tie of the season.
Emley Clarence had five wickets to spare in beating Kexborough, to move into joint second place in the Frank Platt Conference (one of three sides on 54 points), while Clayton West had a big win over Paddock, who were rolled for just 38, with S Dunn bagging five for 18.
Earlier Andy Thornhill had top-scored with 53, but he was well supported by Philip Rigby (36), Dom Angus (31) and Ian Fisher (30no).