PUDSEY ST LAWRENCE sealed the second part of a famous weekend double over Woodlands to book their place in the semi-finals in style.
Beaten finalists in 2011, Saints, who last lifted the Priestley Cup in 1997, produced their second accomplished bowling showing in the space of 24 hours to down Woodlands by 61 runs. Opening, James Smith’s side hit an average looking 139-7, but were able to defend it thanks to Craig Wiseman (4-19), pictured, and Richie Lamb (3-22) who proved major irritants.
The hosts were dismissed for an embarrassing 78, all this after their key all-rounder Chris Brice took 4-21.
While there was joy for Saints, their arch-rivals Pudsey Congs saw another trophy route hit a dead end following a painful 70-run loss to second division neighbours Undercliffe.
James Pearson took 4-34 for Congs, but they didn’t have it all their own way against Undercliffe, for whom Ahmad Raja (75) excelled.
Replying, Congs’ Achilles heel with the bat in hand flared up again as they were dismissed for 116, with Undercliffe now within one victory of the final, which takes place at their Intake Road home on August 24.
Meanwhile, Hanging Heaton’s wait for a Priestley Cup success continues after a 38-run loss at Cleckheaton, who avenged a round two defeat to the Tewits last term.
The 2013 runners-up – who last won the cup in 1986 – were dismissed for 157 after Cleck, who have never won the Priestley Cup, opened with 195, with Mally Nicholson hitting a key 49.
Imran Dawood (48) did his best for Heaton along with David Stiff (4-52), but it was Cleck’s day with Tanzeel Altaf (4-29) and Iain Wardlaw (3-31) in the wickets.
Mark Gill (66no) and Gavin Hamilton (59) helped East Bierley beat Bradford and Bingley by eight wickets.