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4 Jul

Fisher Fires His Way Into Top Gun Final

On another balmy summer’s evening, and as the Durham Jets and Yorkshire Vikings players walked off after 20 pulsating overs, it was time for the North Yorkshire Top Gun regional final. With the 4 fastest qualifiers from clubs located around the region aiming to progress to the county final, held on the 5th September during the interval of the England v India ODI.

The fastest of the qualifiers was Umer Yaqoob, opening bowler for Follifoot CC who clocked an impressive 77mph in the heats. He was joined by Chris Grey from Scarborough CC, Dan Harris representing Bishop Thornton CC and finally from Sherriff Hutton Bridge CC, Mark Fisher, older brother of Yorkshire and England U19 cricketer Matthew Fisher.

After a truncated warm up in the East Stand due to a flurry of Durham wickets, the 4 bowlers were out to watch Gareth Breese and Chris Rushworth guide the Jets through the remaining 3 overs of their innings. As the final ball was bowled, they strode to the wicket and marked out their run-up as the speed camera was set up and the Yorkshire Ladies wicket keeper, Elise Good took her place behind the stumps.

After the first 4 deliveries it was Mark Fisher who led the way with 73mph. However, after Umer Yaqoob sent the middle stump flying with his second ball that speed was equalled. The stakes had been raised and for all money it seemed that Chris Grey had snatched victory clocking 74mph with the penultimate ball of the competition, only for Mark Fisher to land the decisive blow and seal the victory with a 78mph thunderbolt.

It was a high quality final that saw every bowler break the 70mph barrier with each delivery. The competition moves onto the East Yorkshire Regional finals which will take place during the interval of the T20 match when the Vikings take on Birmingham Bears on .

It’s a very close competition and from what we’ve seen any both Elliot [winner of West Yorkshire region] and Mark [Fisher] are very capable of winning it. I’m looking forward to the East Yorkshire finals where we have some more exciting talent competing to get through to the final

Will Saville – Yorkshire Cricket Foundation

North Yorkshire finalists – Mark Fisher, Umer Yaqoob, Chris Grey and Dan Harris (left to right)

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