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9 Sep

Grey Fox Finals Day 2016

On Sunday the 4th September, North Marine Road, Scarborough was the setting for the Grey Fox Trophy Finals day. The culmination of a season long tournament between teams of 50+ year olds from clubs all over the county.

On finals day, two matches are played; the Plate final, contested between the best 2 teams who didn’t top their group; on this occasion, Harden and CYCL Renegades and the teams battling it out for the Grey Fox Trophy were serial contenders, the Bradford Bhuddays and first time finalists, Hall Park Templars.

At 9am, under leaden skies, Scarborough groundsman John Dodds removed the covers. Despite the deluge of rain that had washed out Saturday cricket, the wicket was dry and hard, a typical Scarborough pitch that promised runs galore!

At 9:45am, the two skippers from Harden and CYCL Renegades met in the middle along with umpires for the day, Keith Dibb and Colin White to toss up. The Renegades won the toss and inserted Harden, looking to take advantage of a covered pitch and overcast conditions.

They made a good start, with opening bowlers Preshaw and Jackson keeping the run rate under control. Jackson made the early breakthrough bowling Falkingham for 11. Wickets continued to fall for Harden who lost Riley and captain, Andy Bailey both for single figure scores.When Moulds fell for an excellent 24, it was Smith and Friemanis who took the total to a defendable 119 runs.

Opening the batting for the Renegades, Blaine and Spencer looked in confident mood, hitting boundaries in an opening partnership of 36. A timely strike from Leng saw the back of Blaine, however this was the only breakthrough Harden would make as both Spencer and the Renegades’ number 3, retired at 30 runs.

This left Jackson to score the winning runs with 2 balls to spare, securing the Plate for the CYCL Renegades.

Above: CYCL Renegades and Harden celebrate a superb Plate final

After the presentation of the Plate, it was time for the Grey Fox Trophy final. As the clouds cleared to reveal clear blue skies, captains Javed Iqbal and Robert Hodson met in the middle for the toss. The Bradford Bhuddays won and choose to bat against Hall Park Templars.

While the Harden and CYCL Renegades teams enjoyed their lunch in the pavilion, Dennis Rock and Robert Hodson opened the bowling for the Templars. They didn’t have to wait long before the first wicket as Hodson ripped through the defences of opening batsman Ali.

This brought the vastly experience Butt into bat and he, along with captain Javed Iqbal both reached their 30 and retired. Wate gave Hall Park some much needed hope, dismissing number 4, Bhatti for just 8.

Unperturbed, the Bhuddays continued to pile on the runs through Hussain (24), Tanvier (18) and Mahmood who struck 30 from just 19 balls.

After 30 overs, the Bhuddays’ total was 178 for 7. The pick of the bowlers for Hall Park were Rock (5 for 20) and Wate (2 for 27).

Now, with the sun shining bright in the cloudless skies, the Templars needed 179 to seal glory and their first Grey Fox Trophy victory. Openers Wate and Cowgill set the perfect platform with an opening stand of 48 before Wate retired on 30.

Cowgill and new batsman Lester added another 20 before a mid-innings collapse saw the Templars move from 68 for 1 to 89 for 5. The innings needed steadying, a task that Scaife (16), Hester (29) and Whincup (32*) duly took responsibility for.

The match entered the last over with Hall Park Templars requiring 9 to win. 8 runs were scored from the first 5 deliveries and, with the final ball they successfully ran the single needed to claim victory in what was one of the closest Grey Fox Trophy finals in the history of the competition.

Above: Champions Hall Park Templars celebrate their triumph with the Bradford Bhuddays

Below: Scorecard of the Grey Fox Trophy final

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