KIRKBURTON were eagerly  waiting to see who they would  face in Sunday’s Romida  Twenty/20 final after the Delph  & Dobcross v Golcar clash was  abandoned due to heavy rain.

Matthew Wood’s Burton side  had raced to a convincing victory at Honley, which at one  stage had looked unlikely as  home openers Simon Kelly and  Richard Jakeman thrashed a  century stand in just over nine  overs.

But when Kelly had to retire  hurt with a pulled hamstring  after reaching a rapid 43, and  Jakeman soon followed after  hitting nine fours in a 38-ball 56,  there was suddenly a quick  procession as Burton hit back  to restrict the League champions to 158-7.

And it didn’t pose any problems for Kirkburton at all as  opener Ollie Davidson fired  nine fours and three sixes in a  belligerent knock of 48 from 29  balls, while Greg Buckley made  light of the big ground by  smashing five sixes and a  couple of fours in making 45  from just 22 balls.

Both openers were dismissed by Jakeman but Burton’s progress was never  halted as Ryan Robinson  (32no) and Wood (24no)  quickly put their team in the  final with eight wickets and a  massive five overs to spare.

Over at Delph & Dobcross  the home side batted first and  made 176 all out, Irfan Zahoor  (36), Adnan Ghous (34) and  Faisal Butt (31) the main  run-getters, while Craig Horner  took three for 14.

But Golcar were struggling at  51-4 and had their iconic  skipper Steve Whitwam back in  the tent when rain struck.