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13 Sep

Cottingham and Hall Park Triumph at 2017 Grey Fox Trophy Finals Day

On Sunday 10th September the Grey Fox Trophy finals day took place. The opening fixture saw the Cottingham Old Boys defeat Wetherby Wrinklies by just 5 runs to win the Plate trophy. In the main final, it was reigning champions the Hall Park Templars who beat local team Cayton by 5 wickets to claim the 2017 Grey Fox Trophy.

Plate Final

Stumps were pitched for a 10am start under grey skies and a chill in the air. Umpires Keith Dibb and Colin White took to the field, followed by the Cottingham openers and Wetherby fielders wrapped up in their long sleeve cable knits.

On a wicket most club cricketers can only dream about, the Old Boys opening batsmen enjoyed the ball coming onto the bat, using the pace of the pitch to score their runs at a good rate in the first 10 overs.

It was the introduction of the slow bowlers that began to restrict the flow of runs and in particular, boundaries. At the end of 20 overs, Cottingham had amassed a total of 124 with Hornshaw top scoring with 27 – a competitive target but the Wrinklies were in buoyant spirits walking into their dressing room.

With the clouds beginning to lift, it was Cottingham’s turn to take the field knowing that a tight start would be key in defending the run-a-ball total. However, after 10 overs, Wetherby were in control having scored 65 runs albeit losing 3 wickets in the process; Zai Ali top retiring on 26.

With momentum toing and froing in the middle overs, Wetherby needed just 15 runs from the final 4 overs with 5 wickets remaining. On the face of it, a relatively straight forward goal but Cottingham had other ideas.

A tight infield restricted Wetherby to just 5 runs from the next 3 overs which left 12 required off the last over. Only 7 runs were scored, much to the elation of the Cottingham players and fans who celebrated winning the Plate in their first year in the competition.

Grey Fox Trophy Final

After a much-needed lunch break, during which Cayton won the toss and elected to bat, Keith Dibb and Colin White led the Hall Park Templars onto the field to defend their title.

Like Cottingham, local boys Cayton were aiming to win silverware in their inaugural Grey Fox season. However, the Hall Park bowlers had other ideas, coming out firing and bowling a tight line and length, ripping through Cayton’s top order. At 30 for 5, the East Coast outfit were feeling sea sick and in desperate need of a partnership.

The lower middle order did manage to stem the flow of wickets and grafted to a total of 89 at the end of their 20 overs; Colin Denton top scoring with 27. A below par total, however having gone through the entire competition unbeaten, Cayton weren’t going down without a fight.

With the rain clouds building over the hills the final innings of the day got going. Chasing a small total, the Hall Park opening batsmen knew that a steady accumulation of runs would form the foundations for a successful run chase.

A steady start was made; nevertheless, boundaries were at a premium and as more overs ticked by the run rate increased and Cayton’s self-belief grew. With the wicket keeper stood 15 yards back, a fiery spell from Mark Wells conceded just 6 runs from his 4 overs and the match looked to be in the balance.

Moving into the 18th over any tension was smashed out of the ground, quite literally as Dennis Rock (right) took matters into his own hands, dispatching a 4 and 2 sixes into the stands to ensure the Templars re-captured their crown by 5 wickets.

A fantastic day’s cricket, played in absolutely the right spirit and proving that there’s plenty of life left in the Grey Fox’s!

The Grey Fox Trophy is an over 50’s competition for Yorkshire based club cricketers. For more information on how to enter a team for 2018, contact Nick Robinson | nick.robinson@yorkshireccc.com | 01132033632

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