Houghton Main reach the last eight of the national village knock-out 
 
Congratulations to Houghton Main who beat Scottish side Meigle by 68 runs to advance to the last eight of the Voneus Village Cup. Having elected to bat first, the 2006 champions posted a competitive 186 for 6 from their 40 overs. Opener Brent Law (52 from 54 balls) got them off to a positive start, and Connor Fisher (46) and Callum Honeyman (43 not out) with a 62-run fifth-wicket stand, ensured that the innings did not subside at 84 for 4. Meigle struggled in their reply, collapsing from 72 for 5 to 118 all out; Matty Bowering taking 4 for 25. 
 
Houghton Main will now host Cheshire and Clwyd champions Alvanley in the quarter-finals next Sunday. 
 
 
ExtraCover Insurance Whitworth Cup 
 
Aston Hall and Sprotbrough won through to the final of the Whitworth Cup yesterday, beating Whiston Parish Church and Consibrough respectively. 
 
In a tight tussle at Green Lane, Aston Hall were bowled out for 217 in the 39th over. Ali Ahmed (42 off 61 balls) got his side off to a positive start, with support from Rob Ward (25), Joe Stickland (28) and Nathan Ward (30). Aamir Jamal, Harry Paver and Lewis Sansome each took three wickets for the visitors. Danny Kemp (35), Paver (42) and Jamal (55) took Whiston to 177-4 and they looked in control, but the dismissal of Jamal at that point proved crucial. Josh Coulson (2-38) took the vital wicket of Jamal and a couple of wickets from Tom Coulson, plus two run outs at the death, saw the visitors fall four short. 
 
In the other semi-final, Sprotbrough gained a crushing 136-run victory over Conisbrough at Park Road. An opening stand of 176 between Thomas Pepper (70) and Richard Belk propelled the home side to an imposing 253-3 off their 40 overs – Belk making an magnificent unbeaten 112 off 119 balls. Conisbrough were never in the hunt in reply, and with Gordon Thomson taking 4 for 20 in his eight overs, were bowled out for 117. 
 
The final will take place at Wath CC on Sunday 8 August
 
 
Viking Cricket Yorkshire Leagues Knock-Out Cup 
 
It was a very good weekend for our clubs in the Viking Cup, with Appleby Frodingham and Treeton knocking out Sheriff Hutton Bridge and Woodhouse Grange respectively; Wakefield Thornes winning the all-YCSPL tussle at Abbeydale; whilst in the one disappointment, Whitley Hall lost narrowly to Driffield at Baxter Field. 
 
At Brumby Hall, three wickets for veteran Appleby Frodingham seamer Paul Hilton had Sheriff Hutton Bridge in trouble at 75-5, before an 87-run sixth-wicket stand between Avish Patel and Freddie Collins gave the visitors something to bowl at. After losing a couple of wickets early on, a 176-run second-wicket stand between skipper Matt Fowler (71) and Kieran Lindley (97) took the Steelmen to within reach of their target of 197, which they achieved with four wickets and 134 balls to spare. 
 
Treeton got off to a great start against Woodhouse Grange, with a 105-run opening stand between Dave Rodgers (52) and Steve Foster (52). But after both were dismissed by Steve Burdett, who finished with 4-44, the innings lost its way a bit, and they were bowled out for 175 with over seven overs unused. In reply, the visitors lost two wickets at 11, after which they never managed to put together the substantial partnership they needed against a tight home attack. Vinnie Ogden and Will Street took two wickets each and there were two run outs, as the visitors fell 24 short. 
 
It was a low-scoring encounter at Abbeydale, where Wakefield Thornes elected to bat first and struggled to 69-5. At that point, Matty Taylor (21) joined Greg Wadsworth (51 at a run a ball) and the pair put on 37 – the highest partnership of the innings – and Thornes got the score up to 147. Henry Eldred (3-32) was the pick of the home attack, and there was a very tight spell from Steven Cantwell (2-18). In reply, Sheffield Collegiate lost half their side for 38, but a recovery engineered by Sam Hunt (31) and Jamie Carrington (39) got them up to 115-6. Green then took his fourth wicket to dismiss Carrington, and despite 22 off 25 balls from skipper Josh Varley, his side were bowled out 11 runs short. 
 
At Baxter Field, Whitley Hall reached 168 in the 36th over, thanks largely to Matt Cartwright’s 71. After Alex Fletcher (23) had helped him put on 48 for the first wicket, his only real support came from Andrew Pickering (26), who helped him add 67 for the sixth wicket. Owen Goldsworthy (50) and Sam Drury (24) got the visitors off to a rapid start in their reply, but after Dan Waldron had broken their partnership, wickets fell regularly, and only Danny Broumpton (66 not out) steered his side home with two wickets to spare against Dan Waldron’s heroics (6-33 in eight overs). 
 
The semi-final draw is: 
 
Appleby Frodingham v Wakefield Thornes 
Treeton v Driffield 
 
The games will be played on Sunday 15 August. 
 
 
 
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