Huddersfield Joe Lumb team edged out in thriller

Huddersfield edged out in Fernside thriller (scorecard published in Rep teams Section) 

Huddersfield played their third group game against near-neighbours Barnsley. Despite the good weather, Huddersfield elected to bowl first.

Opening bowler Jack Hinchliffe collected the first wicket, bowling Wootton for 8. The Armitage Bridge bowler bowled economically, finishing with 1-14 from 7 overs. At the other end, Broad Oak's Jevan Peacock replaced Slaithwaite's Natan Cyrus and bowled the other opening batsmen. Barnsley 31-2 after 12.

The Barnsley middle-order made steady progress, defending against some accurate bowling and capitalising on short pitched bowling. Cawthorne's Callum Thompson benefited the most, peppering the boundary near the school. After 21 overs, the score reached 57, before Upperthong's Ben Balmforth had Smythe caught at slip for 21.

Huddersfield continued to rotate their bowlers. Debutant Nathan Swift (Kirkheaton) trapped Macrow in front for 7 and Siraj Sajid (Kirkburton) deceived the dangerous Thompson for 35. Barnsley 98-5 after 32. Huddersfield continued to bowl tightly over the next 5 overs and the runs dried up. Huddersfield then took three wickets in three overs - Swift hung on to an athletic caught and bowled opportunity, Slaithwaite's Harry Bissett claimed a stumping off Sajid and then a run out in the 40th over left Barnsley reeling at 118-8.

Siraj mopped up the Barnsley innings bowling Bailey for zero and then combining with Bissett to stump the last man. Barnsley 133 all out in 45 overs. Siraj was the pick of the Huddersfield bowlers finishing with 4-29 from 8 overs.

Debutant Liam Greig (Denby Dale) and Lepton's Jacob Mulhall opened the Huddersfield innings. Greig had just started to hit a couple of boundaries before he was bowled by Callum Thompson for 13. Hall Bower's Sam Baxter never got going and he soon followed, leaving Huddersfield 22-2 after 12.

Mulhall defended his wicket effectively and together with Siraj, the pair forged a reply. At the halfway point, Huddersfield needed 79 with 8 wickets left. Disaster struck in the next over as two Huddersfield wickets fell - Siraj was bowled by Bailey for 15 and then Jack Hinchliffe was adjudged lbw first ball. Mulhall's long virgil ended in the 32nd over, bowled by opening bowler Wootton for a solid 27. Huddersfield 70-5.

Huddersfield then had a positive few overs. Bissett and Swift started hitting boundaries and the pair had put on 35 for the 6th wicket before Bissett edged behind for 18. This left Huddersfield needing 29 from 11 overs, with 4 wickets remaining. Good Barnsley bowling restricted Huddersfield and only 6 runs were gained from the next 4 overs.

Disaster struck in the 44th and 45th overs, with Huddersfield losing three wickets in nine balls. Swift was adjudged lbw for an excellent 30, Jevan Peacock edged behind for 2 and then Almondbury Wesleyan's Ben Shufflebotham was bowled for zero. Huddersfield now had a mountain to climb needing the last pair to make 18 from 5 overs. Ben Balmforth made things interesting hitting a couple of boundaries to raise Huddersfield hopes, but he holed out to cover in the 48th over for 12.

Barnsley won by 7 runs. Opening bowlers Callum Thompson (Cawthorne) 5-35 from 13.3 overs and Harvey Wootton (Barnsley) 3-23 bowled with pace and accuracy to enable the win.

Huddersfield play their final group game away to Halifax at Sowerby St Peters on 17 July. Huddersfield still top the table with 2 wins, while Bradford and Barnsley now have one win each. If Huddersfield finish top, then they will play the winners of the bottom section (currently Nidderdale). If they finish second, then they will play the winners of the middle section (currently Aire / Wharfe). The Semi-finals are scheduled for Sunday 07 August.

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