IT’S crunch time in the Examiner Twenty/20 Trophy.
After the weekly crash, bang, wallop of the round-robin stage it’s now straight knockout in the quarter-finals.
Some spectacular action is guaranteed in tonight’s matches (which get under way at 6.30), with perhaps the pick at Swallow Lane, where Golcar entertain their Romida Sykes Cup semi-final opponents Delph.
Australian all-rounder Tim Welsford will carry the hopes of Golcar after his big-hitting in recent matches and his six-wicket haul against Shelley at the weekend.
Delph, who have home advantage in Sunday’s Sykes Cup clash, have plenty of potential match-winners themselves with Bilal Khiljee full of runs and Kamran Mirza fresh from a five-wicket haul against Honley which enabled Golcar to extend their lead in the Drakes League top flight.
Primrose Hill are looking for a place in the last four as they have home advantage against Broad Oak, while the Honley versus Micklehurst and Kirkheaton versus Skelmanthorpe ties are sure to be keenly contested with the semi spots at stake.
The match-up between quickie Harlon Haye and Micklehurst batsman Dennis Lonergan promises to be well worth watching at Far End Lane, especially as Lonergan has just gone through 1,000 runs for this term.
Dale Winterbottom will be key to Kirkheaton’s chances against Premiership Skelmanthorpe, who have Shahid Mahboob back in the reckoning now he’s returned to the club.