THE DALES COUNCIL CRICKET LEAGUE - THE CAWTHORNE CUP FINALTHE DALES COUNCIL CRICKET LEAGUE - THE CAWTHORNE CUP FINAL
SUNDAY 17th JULY AT DRIGHLINGTON CC, STATION ROAD, DRIGHLINGTON
TONG MANOR CC v MEANWOOD CC
Tong Manor win by 2 wickets - Scorecard Meanwood 177 all out Tong Manor 178 for 8
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On a grey over cast but warm Sunday afternoon, Tong Manor CC played Meanwood CC in the Cawthorne cup final. The game was staged at Drighlington CC, who did an excellent job in making both teams feel welcome. A somewhat partisan crowd with a large contingent attending from nearby Tong Village witnessed what turned out to be a most entertaining afternoon of cricket.
Dave Rule the Tong Manor skipper won the toss and put Meanwood into bat.
The first 25 overs were bowled very tight with Will Raistrick’s (2 for 26 off 8) pace continually causing the batsmen problems. Paul Hudson opening at the other end and bowling with equal accuracy, but without the reward finished with 0 for 29 off 8. A bowling change quickly brought reward when Andrew Keegan picked up two and Phil Taylor a further two whilst maintaining a stranglehold on the game.
After 25 overs, Tong were in a very strong position with Meanwood on 87 for 6 when their cause was further weakened when two further wickets fell in quick succession. With Andrew Keegan bowling, the first a full blooded shot was caught by Jordon Slack, the second saw Meanwood’s Andy Townend bowled for nought.
With only two wickets to fall and only the tail remaining a sub 100 total looked possible.
However, the Meanwood batsmen, incumbent at the crease had other ideas and were far more competent than their lowly order position suggested. They set about our bowling, with gusto, putting on a 50 run ninth wicket partnership. Soon bowling them all out for under a ton was a distant memory as Rob Guest and Ben Senior celebrated their 50 partnership. At 137 the ninth wicket fell when Paul Richardson had Guest caught by Jordon Slack for a very entertaining 45. Number 11 Matthew Ross came out to continue the dogged resistance. Tong made the final break through in the 39 th over, when Keegan again struck again, Senior being caught in the deep for 24 by Gareth Kitchen. Keegen, finishing with 5 for 34 off 8 and thus rapping the Meanwood innings up with the score on 177.
The Tong Manor openers of Darren Holmes and Andy Allan got off to a slow start facing some useful Meanwood bowling, particularly Matthew Ross
In the ninth over, Meanwood’s tight bowling paid dividends when Ross had Darren Holmes caught Senior on 9. As is often the case fellow opener followed caught off Ali for 14.
Jordon Slack a maiden century maker the week before was joined by Jason Spargo before being caught after a tentative 15.
Looking a bit nervous to start with, Spargo soon warmed to the task and with a number of audacious strokes, set about the bowling. Meanwood struggled to set a field to deal with his unorthodox batting a result of years of t20 Taverners cricket no doubt. Other more experienced batsmen in the form of Paul Hood (14) and skipper Dave Rule (18) could only provide a supporting role.
With the Meanwood total firmly in Tongs sights, Spargo finally tried one too many cavalier shots and was caught at mid off, off Copeland’s bowling, but not before top scoring with a most entertaining 64.
The game was in the bag, or was it? With 5 wickets remaining the pendulum swung the other way. Tong Manors batting rocked a bit with the score on 172 both Andrew Keegan and Gareth Kitchen being dismissed in the same over.
When big Phil Taylor came to the wicket we required we required 6 and not one to hang around dispatched the bowler for four over mid on. The rest was a formality with Wil Raistrick scoring a single and the last run coming from a no ball in the 33 rd over.
Tong Manor had won the Cawthorne Cup in their first season since reforming and joining the Dales council.
Man of the match was Jason Spargo, a popular choice who pipped fellow team mate Andrew Keegan with his 5 for.
The victory was due in no small part to the excellent team spirit that has existed in the side throughout the season and was carried over into the Greyhound later that night!