Amos Jets Into BLK Top Gun Final
The first BLK Top Gun semi-final took place last Friday night during the interval of Yorkshire Vikings’ Twenty20 clash against the Nottinghamshire Outlaws with Pool CC’s David Amos knocking out last year’s champion, Mark Fisher to progress to the final on the 11th September.
Now in its second year of running, Top Gun is the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation’s search to find the fastest club bowler in the county. With a fantastic prize on offer through competition sponsor, BLK – the chance to be a BLK sponsored athlete with £500 of BLK apparel and having your cricket team fitted with BLK whites and training kit for the 2016 season
After months of heats, clocking up the miles and visiting locations across all four regions of the county, the 11 fastest qualifiers plus last year’s champion all made it through to the prestigious semi-finals stage. Each competitor receiving BLK kit and winning the chance to bowl on the outfield during the interval of the Yorkshire Vikings T20 matches under the new floodlights.
Above: David Amos clocking 78mph on his way to victory
The first semi-final saw reigning champion, Mark Fisher from Sheriff Hutton Bridge take on David Amos (Pool CC), Ash McKinley (Patrington CC) and the competition’s youngest finalist, William Ineson (Patrington CC). Fisher, the number 1 seed set the tone with an opening delivery of 75mph; a competitive speed that only Amos had matched during the heat stages.
However, Amos was more that up for the challenge, opening up with an impressive 78mph, an improvement of 3mph from his qualifying speeds and the target Fisher had set back in 2014. Bowling third was Ash McKinley who seemingly enjoyed bowling on the big stage in front of a raucous White Rose Stand. With the adrenaline flowing, he easily topped his qualifying speed by 4mph to clock an impressive 74mph. The bar had been set high for Ineson to stay in touch with the competition, however spurred on by his team-mate hit his own personal best of 72mph smashing his qualifying speed.
Above: 2014 Champion, Mark Fisher
With the bowl off being shown on the big screen, crowd engagement increased with each delivery; every run-up was met with a crescendo of noise as the bowler approached the wicket. Spurred on, the bowlers each fired down 2 more deliveries each; however only Ineson could improve on his opening speed; reaching 73mph and just Amos could match his opening speed of 78mph with his final delivery of the evening.
So David Amos is our first finalist and qualifies to bowl in the final on September 11th as Headingley hosts the old enemy in the 4th England v Australia ODI.
The next semi-final will take place on the 10th July and sees Jack Hartley (Bradford & Bingley CC), James Harding (Stokesley CC), Mohammad Jameel (Kashmire CC) and Charlie Roberts (Scarborough CC) battle it out for BLK Top Gun glory!
Above: Ash McKinley, clocked 74 mph and below: William Ineson, clocked 73mph on an unforgettable evening