New boys to contest Cowling Cup final

Lee Barrett hits a boundary for Gargrave before their league match against Pendle Forest was abandoned

John Beckwith flicks one away for Gargrave before their league match against Pendle Forest was abandoned

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A NEW name will appear on the Cowling Cup trophy this year after the old brigade were brushed aside by younger members of the Mewies Solicitors Craven League competition.

Embsay II, who have won the second teams' cup six times and shared it once in the last 19 years, went down by 25 runs at home to Haworth Road II, while Bradford & Bingley III defeated Barrowford II by three wickets at Wagon Lane.

Baildon Bottom side Haworth Road were indebted to evergreen Charlie Hainsworth, who made 80 from 114 balls, Danesh Tariq (34) and Adam Cook (28) chipping in as they reached 205 at the end of their overs, with Simon Holt taking 5-53 off 12 overs.

Nev Allan (70no off 119 balls) led the reply, while Jono Coward made 33 and Paul Wormald 21 as the score reached 180-8 at the end of their 45 overs. Tariq finished with 4-44 and Cook 3-49.

The other semi-final was played on the first-team pitch at Bingley, where the Bull Holme Oval side went first and reached 81-1, Tony Stafford going for 52.

But they lost their last eight wickets for the addition of only 73 runs to close disappointingly on 154 as Dave Critchlow took 4-41 and Andy Dobson 3-54.

The hosts were indebted to Tim Carrow (69), Dobson (31no) and Dean Naidoo (29) for getting home with six overs to spare. Rob Harris (3-34) and Abdul Mannan (3-29) tried hard with the ball for the visitors.

The final is on Sunday, August 10 at Haworth.

Amazingly, given the wet weather, play was possible in five league games on Saturday, with three of them reaching a conclusion.

In Division One, the only game played was at Haworth Road, where Cowling were the visitors.

The Coliseum side were restricted to 74 in 37.2 overs, Mark Adams top-scoring with 16 as Muhammad Zahid claimed 5-36 and Andy Maude 4-34.

Zahid then made 43 as the Baildon Bottom outfit galloped home by three wickets in only 11.3 overs.

Division Three leaders Gargrave were going along very nicely at home to Pendle Forest. Jonah Smith (31no) and Lee Barrett (23no) had helped them to 58-1 after only 12 overs when play was stopped.

Airedale move up to third spot in Division Four after they saw off Bingley Congs II at Bradford Road.

The Beckfoot side collapsed to 34-7 before Michael Baines (51no) and Jonny Teale (16) saw them to 100-7 in their allocated 30 overs, with Yusuf Mohammed taking 3-7 off seven.

Trevor Cox (38) and Warren Coppack (45no) saw the hosts to a convincing five-wicket win, with Teale taking 3-36.

Ingrow II batted first at Denholme II and posted 176-8 in their 45 overs. Nick Crook led the way with 77 and Adrian Weatherill chipped in with 26 as Alasdair Gerrard took 3-25.

Callum Gerrard (90no) and Jack Harrison (47) helped the home side to the spoils by eight wickets in only 29.3 overs.

In Division Five, Wilsden II had reached 31-1 off eight overs at Skipton CI II when play was halted.

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