Wyke loose forward Nathan Marchant stole the show in bagging a two-try haul in a towering performance which inspired the holders to a 20-6 Jack Senior Memorial Bradford Cup semi-final victory against West Bowling at Emsley's Rec.

Both sides entered the fray in monsoon conditions and Wyke took an early lead when second row forward Brad Clarkson broke the home rearguard to feed stand-off Jordan Payton for the opening touchdown.

The visitors' euphoria was further enhanced when packmen Luke Robinson and Charles Grocock grafted out an opening for Marchant to celebrate his debut by scurrying over to double the total to a telling 8-0 at the break.

Bowling head coach Ryan Hunkin’s half-time words of wisdom were heeded when forward Chris Watson powered his way to the chalk to leave stand-off Joe Simpson the opportunity to land the only conversion of the tie.

And with his fellow prop Luke Harps to the fore, the home outfit were back in contention with a bang.

Wyke supremo Ian Wormald, who previously starred as a hooker in Bowling’s rise to National Conference status, kept his impressive pack on the park with instructions to see out the task in hand.

Marchant duly complied when he found Payton lurking on his shoulder to provide the offload for the half-back's brace.

The match decider came 15 minutes from the close when Marchant dismissed five tired tacklers from his grasp and galloped to the chalk to give the visitors a 16-6 total in the deteriorating conditions.

Wests, who previously shot themselves in the foot with two glaring mistakes from the kick-offs, gave Wyke further uncontested field position.

They paid the price when Grocock pinned his ears back to power onto a pass from hooker Oscar Woodhead to end the compelling tie 20-6, allowing the black and whites to book a berth in the final against Clayton at Lidget Green Oval on Easter Saturday (April 20).