Cricket: Elsecar book trophy final spot

Andy Ivill
Andy Ivill

The Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy semi-final saw South Yorkshire champions Elsecar enjoy a five-wicket success over Central Yorkshire League winners Townville, writes James Beachill.

Elsecar won the toss and invited their opponents to defend first.

Although Townville lost their first wicket with the score at 12 they continued scoring at a good rate.

With 16 overs to go had, Townville had reached 188 for two, with a 300+ score looking a probability.

Andy Ivill returned to Elsecar’s attack, and removed Jack Hughes for 33, to begin an amazing collapse.

Glenn Yates removed two more Townsville batsmen, with lbw appeals, in the next over, and in Ivill’s following over he captured the prize wicket of Tim Walton.

Walton had been at the crease in full aggression and had reached 104 runs from 101 balls, including 14 fours and three sixes for good measure.

Two more wickets fell in the next two overs and Townville had collapsed to 190 for eight.

Six wickets had fallen for the addition of just two runs.

Townville were all out shortly afterwards for 215.

Yates had taken three for 46 and Andrew Ivill five for 32.

Elsecar lost their first wicket with the score at 18 and then Brett Hunsley (31) and skipper Ian Swallow (30) took the score to 72.

Both batsmen returned to the pavilion together with another Elsecar batsmen, and the game was in the balance with Elsecar at 93 for four.

Yates had taken possession of the centre, and was joined first by Shahzad Rana (26) and then by Luke Townsend (25).

A former Townsville player, Yates was in imperious form, and struck 13 fours in reaching 72 not out in an even number of balls.

As the South Yorkshire spectators displayed a rising crescendo of enthusiasm, Elsecar achieved a five wicket success with 20 balls to spare.

Elsecar will now face either York, the Yorkshire league champions or Cleckheaton, the Bradford league champions, in the final on a date and venue to be determined.