OTLEY’S dream of lifting the Waddilove Cup for a record 11th time remain on track after booking a place in the final by defeating Guiseley.
Most of the credit for the 44-run win goes to David Hester, who only joined from Lightcliffe last month.
The former Pudsey St Lawrence batsman hit ten fours and three sixes in an unbeaten 99 and held the innings together when it looked as though Guiseley were going to end it early.
Otley were going along steadily when Bradley Reeve trapped dangerman James Davies lbw for 14 and, within six balls, Chris Wain picked up two more victims to leave them on 77-6.
But Hester put on 39 with James Wilcock, 67 alongside Paul Nicholson and 31 with Ricky Halloran to ease the total to 214-9.
A second-wicket stand of 66 between Alex Bell (35) and Brian Jackson (40) put the hosts on track.
But after George Huntley had Jackson caught behind by Nicholson, only James Davey (30) managed to threaten the attack and Guiseley were 170-7 when they ran out of time.
Otley have not won the trophy since 1988 and still have to overcome the hurdle of Collingham in the final on August 10.
Collingham were given a fright by Division Two side Adel, who bowled them out for 124 – reduced to a target of 108 after a rain break.
After 49 from opener Ben Quirk, they needed just 24 off six overs with five wickets left but two quick wickets turned the tide.
Adel needed 11 to win going into the final over but Toby Jacklin, who had taken a wicket with the first ball of the innings, removed the final man to clinch the win.