Wrenthorpe storm into Trophy semi-finals

Eric Austin
Eric Austin

HOLDERS Wrenthorpe showed they are in no mood to relinquish their Jack Hampshire Trophy crown after Sunday’s 178-run rout of New Farnley in the quarter-finals.

Farnley’s Caribbean import Montcin Hodge took 3-22 as Wrens struggled to 109-4 but the arrival of Eric Austin and Greig Batty to the crease turned the game in the hosts’ favour.

Austin blasted nine sixes and five fours in his 97 not out, engineered in a little over an hour, while Batty smashed five sixes in his unbeaten 50.

The devastating partnership propelled Wrens to a close at 243-4 - a total that proved far too much for New Farnley who collapsed to 65 all out in reply.

Tom Glover (3-15), Luke Patel (2-3) and Batty (2-12) did the damage with the ball.

Wakefield St Michael’s travel to Birstall in their quarter-final clash on Sunday (1.30pm).

The winners join Wrens, Townville and Wakefield Thornes in the last four.

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