HUDDERSFIELD Under 11s are through to the final of the Yorkshire Taverners tournament after a thrilling last-ball victory against Heavy Woollen.
The Huddersfield line-upposted 105-4 in their 30 overs against a very competitive visiting side at Scholes which included three members of the County A side and one from the B.
Holmfirth’s James Wharton – Huddersfield’s only Yorkshire player – batted nicely for an unbeaten 50, but Huddersfield knew they would have to work hard to secure victory.
It looked a tough task when Heavy Woollen reached 60-1 off 15 in front of a decent-sized crowd at Chapelgate, but then the tide turned quickly to put things back in the balance.
Heavy Woollen lost four wickets in the two overs immediately after the drinks break and had to consolidate, with Huddersfield making a tremendous effort in the field.
When it came to the last over, Heavy Woollen still looked the favourites, needing five runs to win with two wickets in hand.
But Holmfirth’s Raheel Haseeb bowled really well and, with two run-outs, the visitors were all out for 104.
Wharton had a couple of wickets, as did Slaithwaite leg-spinner Jack Bower. Will Reeves and Haseeb had a wicket apiece.
Huddersfield face North Yorkshire – who have four Yorkshire A players in their line-up – at Spofforth on Sunday (2pm).