The Tanner Cup, (formerly the primary cup competition for the sadly defunct Saddleworth League), has been revived this season.
It has now reached the semi-final stage and the first tie took place on Sunday when Stayley met Saddleworth. The rain which ruined the Saturday league programme relented sufficiently to allow the game to go ahead but still played a part after a late start reduced things to a 35 over contest and then returned later to shorten the Saddleworth innings even further.
Stayley batted first and pro Munir Tanzil shone from the start and completely dominated the Saddleworth attack. He finished on 151* and partnered by Peter Skuse, (27), left the visitors facing a real challenge. The second half of the innings added 167 at just under 10 an over as they went on to finish at 250-6. It was a long afternoon for the Saddleworth attack. The Saddleworth reply started positively with Sam Holt and N. Akram, (51), took them to 51-1 off 11 overs when the rain returned. The delay saw the innings reduced to 20 overs with a target of 143 from the remaining 9 overs. Holt fell immediately on the resumption but Saddleworth chipped away and were left with 51 to get off the last 5 overs. However wickets fell regularly, (Skuse picking up 3-34), and they eventually fell 18 short, finishing on 125-9, as Stayley went through. Tanzil certainly picked up the MoM award adding 2 wickets and a run out to his batting exploits.
The 2nd semi-final is between Heyside and Friarmere. With a number of GMCL cup games delayed due to weather the date for this is yet to be finalised.
by Martin Frost