This was the fifth year of the Finals Day format where the Nidderdale League comes together at one venue to play three cup finals in one day. This year’s choice was the splendid Scotton Cricket Club, once the home of the explosive Guy Fawkes, who were following in the footsteps of Knaresborough Forest, Birstwith, Raskelf and West Tanfield as host clubs.
There was a certain amount of weather based anxiety from both club and League Secretary as multiple weather forecasting websites and apps were all predicting different amounts and times for the rain. In the end, we were very lucky with only a few spots of rain during the Wath Cup Final but the ground was damp as we arrived early to set up and there were a few sticky patches on the drying wicket.
We are incredibly lucky to be able to call so many talented folk our friends and build our network of partners, both creative and for services. We welcomed the guys from Bespoke Scoreboards to Scotton, who have been providing electronic scoreboards to many of our clubs. They brought some demonstration units which added to the atmosphere including one in the clubhouse for those purchasing food from the well stocked tuck shop and bar. They happily left the day with a number of enquiries for their products and if you would like to talk to them, give them a call on 0113 252 4956 or visit their website http://www.bespokescoreboards.co.uk/ They are a local Yorkshire company offering great products and services. Keep it Yorkshire!
We welcomed John Fuller from Cricket Yorkshire too who was taking photographs and will be penning an article for his very popular website soon. We will of course publicise that when its ready. In the meantime, take a look at his web site and you can buy his book, All Wickets Great and Small, which several of the Nidderdale League round feature in and celebrates grassroots cricket across Yorkshire. He has written an article on his website which you can view here and there are also some photographs you can view.
Peter Bentley Cup Final 11am
Studley Royal 4ths vs Beckwtihshaw 3rds
Dan Stark had certainly organised his young troops effectively as they all arrived smartly turned out in matching dark blue polo shirts, branded up for the occasion. It set the tone for the very young team as Studley Royal won the toss and decided to bat first. The young guns were extremely keen in the field leading to some League old timers to call for the paracetamol as headache relief but it was refreshing to see such enthusiasm in the field. Jamie Dalgleish (17) and Andy Shaw opened the batting for Studley but it was hard going with only 6 boundaries in the whole innings. Sam Clapperton top scored with 31. Wickets were shared around with Tom Stark 2-15, Matthew Bates 2-12 and Sam Tiffany 2-18 restricting Studley to 80-7 off their 20 overs. Of particular note was Harvery Radcliffe behind the stumps in the first innings who was eager for stumpings off the tight and turning bowlers and did manage to snaffle Harry Smith.
After a quick turnaround, it was the boys in blue who took it to Studley’s bowlers. Chris Peakman (2) was out cheaply but Ben Smith (32) and captain Dan Stark (36*) built their innings to snuff out the Studley threat which was led by Harry Smith (2-16). Stark was there at the end to see his side home and was carried shoulder high by his teammates from the field to collect the trophy.
Man of the Match was awarded to Matthew Bates for his tight spell of bowling of 2-12 off his 5 overs which helped to restrict Studley and produce a getable target for his batsmen.
Wath Cup Final 2pm
Pateley Bridge 2nds vs Goldsborough 2nds
Pateley Bridge 2nds under the captaincy of Rob Light set about their challenge after winning the toss and batting first. The wicket was drying all the time but angry grey clouds were threatening to spoil the occasion by now. Shaun Brockhill (10) and Rob Light (36) put on 16 for the first wicket but this brought Tom Durrance to the wicket who hit a fine 52* including a rare maximum. Andy Morgan bowled a tidy spell of 0-18 but without reward in the wicket column. Young Jacob Proctor 1-33 and Adam Clayton 1-30 took the 2 Pateley wickets but Goldsborough were set the highest score of the day to win the cup. This really was an example of “catches win matches” as Goldsborough didn’t take the multitude of chances that came to them.
Goldsborough 2nds never really got going in their reply in the face of some tough opening bowling from Tom Durrance 1-14 and James Johnson 4-9. Tom Clements then came on and cleared things up with 3-10 and Jos Overend wasn’t to be left out of the wickets and claimed 2-4. One thing of note was the new bowling boots Jos was wearing. Several more seasons of availability from League Legend Mr Overend. Goldsborough 2nds were dismissed for just 39.
Man of the Match was awarded to James Johnson for his spell of 5 overs, 4 wickets for 9 runs.
Barrett Cup Final – 5pm
Boroughbridge and Staveley vs Burnt Yates
The final final of the day was the Barrett Cup with the leaders of Division Four, Boroughbridge and Staveley, playing second place in Division Three and promotion challengers, Burnt Yates coming head to head. Another low scoring game saw Burnt Yates bowled out for 72 but as we have seen already today, low scores mean exciting games and this was no exception. Skipper Christian Hendy led the way with 4-21, Jake Fletcher 2-8, the metronomic Simon Taylor 2-19 and Paul Norfolk 2-23 all chipped in the restrict the Yates innings.
It was nip and tuck all the way through the Boroughbridge reply. Dom Taylor took 4 wickets as did Richard Smale. There was a flurry to check the rule book about what happens in the game is a tie and with 9 wickets down, Simon Taylor strode to the wicket and alongside Jake Fletcher won with 1 ball to spare as the sun came out for the first time in the day. Jubilant celebration from the Boroughbridge and Staveley team and supporters who as two clubs saw an opportunity to be stronger together and took it. The club now has a cup win under its belt after being runners up last season and a Division Four title.
The Man of the Match was awarded to Jake Fletcher for his 2-8 and a match winning performance with the bat of 28*.