Firstly a huge pat on the back to 20/20 competition organiser Mark Gilman for picking the warmest and sunniest evening of the year on Tuesday to hold the first ever quarter final stage!
The combination of the weather and the cricket brought a good turn out to Mirfield Parish to watch the game with Wakefield St Michaels. The visitors batted well and posted a very competitive total of 171-6. The Parish chase wasn't always up with the run rate, but overseas star Naz Hussain always had the situation under control and his 80* proved crucial as he finished off the game with a towering 6 in the final over as Parish finished on 172-2.
Another overseas player enjoying the distinctly un-english conditions was Hopton Mills Barbadian Neil Browne. Browne hammered 86 and Chris Scott 39 as Mills compiled an excellent 209-4 at Birstall. Once again Nick Kaye led the way for Birstall as he top scored with 54, but a match winning spell of bowling from Phil Scott (4-11) saw the home side eventually all out for 136, and see Hopton Mills through to Finals Day.
Another overseas player, Ravi Palliyaruguge, played a key role in Wakefield Thornes win over Carlton. His 3-10 led the way in restricting Carlton to 129-9, despite Farrukh Alams 48. Palliyaguruge then scored 38, supported by James Wolfendens 32 and Tom Froggetts 30 as Thornes reached 133-6 from 18.2 overs, Jonny Hughes taking 3-18 for Carlton.
Gildersomes brave run in the competition came to an end as they found going to defending cup holders Methley a step too far. They certainly put in a good effort in the field as Methley posted 177-6, but found the Methley bowling a little too hot to handle and were dismissed for 48 in reply.
The line up for the Finals day at Birstall CC on Sunday 12th July is therefore confirmed as Mirfield Parish Cavaliers, Hopton Mills, Wakefield Thornes and Methley.