Two of the top three teams in the JCT 600 Bradford League will compete in the league’s Sovereign Health Care Priestley Cup final.
Leaders Cleckheaton and third-placed Pudsey St Lawrence will face each other in the league’s showpiece at Undercliffe on Sunday 24th August.
Cleckheaton easily beat Second Division leaders Undercliffe by eight wickets in one semi-final, but East Bierley pushed St Lawrence all the way in the other game before winning through to the final by three runs in a thrilling finish
Mark Robertshaw and Adam Waite laid the foundations for St Lawrence’s challenging total of 283 for four with an opening stand of 190. Waite scored 106, including two sixes and ten fours while Robertshaw made 91.
After the opening stand, captain James Smith then scored a quickfire 45 not out to provide Bierley with a testing target.
Captain Gavin Hamilton with 86 and Richard Atkins (81) led the way as Bierley made a bold bid for victory to set up a thrilling finish.
It came down to a dramatic last over with Bierley needing 12 to win off the last three balls, but, after a six and four in successive deliveries, overseas player Mohammed Irshad was caught on the boundary.
The other semi-final proved to be a formality for Cleckheaton, who beat Second Division leaders Undercliffe by eight wickets.
Undercliffe, who had beaten First Division opponents Morley and Pudsey Congs to reach the semi-final saw their hopes of another upset disappear when they lost five wickets for no runs as they collapsed from 84-two to 84 for seven with left-arm spinner Andrew Deegan taking five for 20 as they struggled to 108.
Cleckheaton cruised to their modest target with overseas player Tanzeel Altaf hitting one six and eight fours in his innings of 41 while opener Tim Jackson made 38 not out.
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