THE Drakes League have a trio of clubs through to the quarter-finals of the Heavy Woollen Cup – and all three have been handed home ties!
Delph & Dobcross, who had back-to-back wins over Golcar last weekend, are at home to Gomersal, while Shepley, who beat Scholes, will entertain Woodlands, and finally Slaithwaite, victors over Barkisland, will host the game against Yeadon.
All matches take place on Sunday, June 5 (1pm) and local supporters will be hoping Huddersfield can finally get a representative into the final for the first time since Elland and Lascelles Hall contested it in 1995.
Shepley were in trouble against Scholes, when they slid to 30-4 after being put in to bat, with Tom Denton, SP Singh, Tim Rees and Nigel Hoyle all out cheaply.
Liam Wiles (43) and Ben Wells (64) put on a stand of 95 for the sixth wicket, and after their departure, Huw Ellis continued to build the total with an unbeaten 46, backed up by Craig Glover (27) and Danny Glover (22no) with 23 coming off the final over as Shepley closed on 243-7.
Scholes’ reply also struggled early on as Danny Glover (4-43) knocked over the top three batsmen, and at one stage they were 69-5.
However, a stand of 81 between Iqbal Khan (55) and Tom Love (24) lifted their spirits before they were dismissed for 210, SP Singh picking up three for 25.
There was high-scoring game at Hill Top, where Slaithwaite finally hit the straps as the top four batsmen rattled up 288-2, Ian Holt (76) and Wajid Hussain (83) leading the way with an opening stand of 152 with Bjorn Taylor (57no) and Ibrar Younas (34no) continuing the great start against Barkisland.
Andy Gleave made 80 in reply, and there was good support from Gary Colman, who made 43, and with Kimeshin Chetty scoring an unbeaten 30, Barkisland got to within 18 runs of their target when their overs ran out.
Delph & Dobcross beat Golcar again despite Steve Whitwam’s 73, as he and Lee Baxter put on a 100 for the second day in a row for the opening wicket in a 207-9 total.
Bilal Khiljee’s 58 proved the anchor for Delph, while Grant Jones and Graeme Simpson scored 27 apiece to steer the home side through.
Unfortunately, Shelley couldn’t become the fourth Drakes League team to go through as they went down to Morley by 20 runs.
In the Crowther Cup, for second XIs, there were wins for Skelmanthorpe and Kirkburton, but both have been drawn away in the next round, Skelmanthorpe at Methley, while Burton must visit Wrenthorpe.
Skelmanthorpe knocked off a massive 298-6 total to win by two wickets, Ryan Jagger top-scoring with 86, Jordan Greaves with 51 and James Crossland 45 the leading scorers.
The quarter-final draws are:
Heavy Woollen Cup, quarter-finals: Hanging Heaton v Morley, Delph & Dobcross v Gomersal, Shepley v Woodlands, Slaithwaite v Yeadon.
Crowther Cup, quarter-finals: Methley v Skelmanthorpe, Wrenthorpe v Kirkburton, Ossett v Barnsley, Yeadon v Liversedge.