Richardson & Brewster Complete BLK Top Gun Final Line-Up
The line-up for the final of BLK Top Gun, the search for the fastest club bowler in Yorkshire is complete with last year’s finalist Elliot Richardson of Bradford League powerhouses, Woodlands CC and rookie Andrew Brewster from York Senior Premier League side, Acomb CC who goes through as the fastest runner-up. They will join previous heat winners David Amos, Pool CC and James Harding, Stokesley CC in the final on September 11th at the England v Australia One-Day International.
The last of the 3 semi-finals took place on Tuesday 14th July during the interval of Yorkshire Vikings’ T20 match against Worcestershire Rapids. The line-up saw Richardson and Brewster joined by Banaras Hussain, Karmand Centre CC and former Yorkshire CCC leg spinner turned opening bowler, Mark Lawson representing New Farnley CC.
Richardson and Brewster started the final as clear favourites to progress having clocked 78mph and 79mph respectively and both started strongly, clocked 79mph with their opening balls. Cheered on by the White Rose Stand, and under the scrutiny of the Sky Sports camera providing a live feed to the big screen, Lawson opened up with a personal best of 76mph, followed by Hussain’s own PB of 71mph.
The second round of deliveries again saw the 2 favourites match each other and, in the process equal this year’s top speed in the finals of 80mph, set by James Harding in semi-final 2. Feeling the pressure, both Lawson and Hussain dipped a couple of mph from their opening salvos.
With victory in their grasp, but unaware of the fastest runner-up’s qualifying speed, both Richardson and Brewster stepped up knowing their final delivery could be the ball that propelled them through to the final. With his last effort, Brewster sent down a 79mph delivery that meant Richardson could win the heat by matching his previous best of 80mph, a target that he successfully hit.
With a mountain to climb, Lawson smashed his qualifying speed with a ball that hit 77mph, a speed that would have won the final last year. Hussain also finished on a high, clocking his fastest delivery, 72mph.
After weeks of heats in the pre-season and early summer to find the quickest 12 entrants they have now been reduced to the fastest 4 men who will battle it out for the converted title of ‘Fastest Club Bowler in Yorkshire’. The standard of this year’s semi-finals has set the bar high, with 3 different bowlers breaking through the 80mpoh barrier; 3 mph faster than any delivery seen throughout the 2014 competition boding for a fantastic final on the 11th September.