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Ilkley and Burley book places in last four of TB T20 Cup
9:44am Thursday 26th June 2014 in Sport
ILKLEY and Burley are the first two clubs to book semi-final spots in the TB T20 Cup after maintaining their winning run.
Ilkley travelled to Otley and thanks to Conor Mcinerney (35) and Harry Neilsen(30) they posted 130-7.
Otley must have fancied chasing such a total but crashed to 117 all out as Luke Bott picked up three wickets.
Burley made it three wins from three matches, clinching a last-ball thriller against Ben Rhydding.
Brad Ranford(39) and Red Bolton(34) got the Rhydding off to a flier and good knocks of 38 and 32 from Robbie Oldham and Alex Miller took them to an excellent total of 170-7.
Nick Brook's (44) got Burley off to an equally good start but wickets kept falling. Danny Bryan hit a vital 30 but bowlers Neil Davies and Shane Etherington were left needing 11 off the last over and they scrambled a single off the final ball to scrape home by two wickets.
Pool made a mammoth 195-9 at Menston as Tosh Baker smashed 85 and Jacob Rodgers hit 35.
Travis Rio took 3-29 for the home side. E Parker(34), S Bashir(30) and C Parker (39no) all battled valiantly for Menston but they finished well short on 153-5.
Olicanians and Ben Rhydding also played a re-arranged match and this time Rhydding triumphed in the last over. For Olicanians, Andrew Duckworth played magnificently to hit 116 not out.
No other batsmen could help him much as Olicanians closed on 163-4. This total proved insufficient as Rhydding got home with three balls to spare.
Robbie Miller and Robbie Oldham both made 40 before Alex Miller's 20 not out from seven balls finished the job.
This Thursday's matches are the last in the Group stage and will determine the semi final line up. The semis are scheduled for Thursday 3rd July.
Tonight's fixtures: Steeton v Burley, Ben Rydding v Addingham, Guiseley v Otley, Ilkley v Menston, Pool v Guiseley(tues 1st July).