CLIFTON will face Roe Green in the final of the Cross Cup a week on Saturday.

The two Greater Manchester League Premier Division clubs will play for the oldest cricket trophy in Lancashire at Clifton’s ground (12.30pm start).

Roe Green won through to the final on Sunday when they beat Walshaw at home on a bowl-out which went to sudden death.

The score was 4-4 after all 11 players had bowled at the stumps then Danny Jones succeeded for the Salford side and Jack McClung missed for Walshaw, who were relegated from the Greater Manchester League Premier Division the previous day.

The semi-final was reduced to 30 overs due to rain but only lasted six with the sides going off with the Bury team on 30-1.

They did not go back on and when the deadline to resume play arrived at 5pm the game went to a bowl-out.

The Cross Cup was first played for in the Bolton and District Cricket Association’s first season in 1889 and has been played ever since apart from last year when the Association went into suspension after losing all its clubs.

Local umpire Eric Hogg, backed by fellow Association stalwarts, brought it back this season and 15 former winners accepted an invitation to take part.

The final is set to be umpired by Mr Hogg and Association chairman Frank Jackson.