Oswestry are through to the final of the Salop Leisure Knockout T20 Trophy tournament after beating Shifnal by four wickets in the first semi-final last Friday night.
Last season’s beaten finalists Shifnal batted first and posted 184-2 with Jack Edwards unbeaten on 78 and Bruce Thomason making 52, while Vansh Bajaj claimed 1-14 off his four overs.
Oswestry’s run chase got off to a flying start with 17 off the first over and they were left needing eight for victory off the final over. Victory was secured with two balls and four wickets to spare as Warrick Fynn hit an unbeaten 86 and Joe Clarke (33) and Alex Huxley (20) made useful contributions
The second semi-final sees hosts and defending champions Shrewsbury entertain Whitchurch on Friday evening at 6.15pm, with the victor facing a final showdown with Oswestry on Friday, August 1.
As an incentive to attract more spectators, season ticket holders at Shrewsbury Town Football Club, those wearing the club’s football shirt and anyone picking up a flyer at the club’s two pre-season friendlies at the Greenhous Meadow will qualify for a free drink if they attend the Salop Leisure Knockout T20 Trophy semi-final.
Rather than holding the tournament on a Sunday in August as in previous years, it is being spread over three Friday evenings this summer to attract more spectators and avoid fixture congestion towards the end of the season.