HUDDERSFIELD’S hopes of finally getting a finalist in the Heavy Woollen Cup nose-dived when both Shepley and Skelmanthorpe crashed at the semi-final stage.
Skelmanthorpe, who are already through to the final of the Romida Sykes Cup and quarter-finals of the Twenty/20 came closest before being edged out by eight runs against Hanging Heaton.
The Bradford League side had made 315-9 through the efforts of Haroon Rashid (92) and James Stansfield (58), while James Crossland had taken four wickets.
In reply, Tim Sykes top scored with 80 for the Lidgett Lane side, with Qaiser Rashid making 76 and Wasim Jaffer 41.
However, they seemed too far adrift until Kristian Whittaker hit a quickfire 23 and gave Skelmanthorpe supporters hopes of their repeat escape in the Sykes Cup semis.
But with 14 required off the last over he was caught out and with his dismissal went the home side’s chances.
Unfortunately over at Marsh Lane, Shepley produced one of their poorest displays of the season as they were overwhelmed by Cup holders Wakefield side Wrenthorpe who have won the trophy for the last three years.
Former Yorkshire batsman Gary Fellows should have been run out when on 12 and stranded yards out only for the throw to go to the wrong end, and then on 22 he was dropped, and not surprisingly he went on to make Shepley pay by smashing 169 before becoming one of three victims for Danny Glover.
By that time however Wrenthorpe were on their way to a massive total, helped by Dave Paynter (63) and Eric Austin (47) as they piled up 378-5 the last 205 runs coming off 20 overs!
Sadly, Tom Denton went in the first over and although Tim Rees (50) made a half-century, there was not enough support.
With Paynter taking four for 32, Shepley were sent back for 135.