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21 Jul

Grey Fox Trophy 2022: Round 2 wrap-up

The 10th edition of the Grey Fox Trophy is well under way with even more thrilling games than ever before this year.

The Grey Fox Trophy – Yorkshire Cricket Foundation

The 2022 season sees 12 teams, including 10 returning teams from previous seasons, and two new teams – Pannal Steamers and Pudsey St Lawrence CC – battling it out for a coveted place in the plate and finals day on Sunday, 11 September, at Scarborough Cricket Club.

Round 2 wrap-up

Group 1

Men of Derwent v Pannal Steamers: It’s fair to say that Men of Derwent (MoD) set a difficult winning target of 271 by taking advantage of the gaps in the field. Despite Pannal Steamer’s best efforts, the required run rate proved to be too much for them, and run outs eventually became the preferred dismantling strategy. Both teams received 8 additional runs for their senior citizens during the game, which was played in excellent spirit. In this edition, MoD’s 270 points also occurred to be the highest team total.
Beverley Veterans v Rainton CC: In a home game, Beverley Veterans defeated Rainton CC and bagged 5 points.

Group 2

Hall Park Templars v New Farnley CC Old Boys: During the chase against the New Farnley CC Old Boys, the Hall Park Templars were in fine form. They completed the 162-run chase in just 21.4 overs with 8 wickets in hand. The visitors got off to a strong start, as both of their starters scored thirties, but ultimately the tide reversed. In a rapid run chase, three of the top four batters for the Hall Park Templars hit 30 runs.

Windhill & Daisy Hill v Harden CC: The much-anticipated clash between Windhill & Daisy Hill (WDHCC) and Harden took places at the iconic Windhill ground. WDHCC won the toss and elected to bowl first. An excellent opening spell from 60-year-old Maz Bhatti and 66-year-old Javed Iqbal with the wily Bhatti accounting for Harden skipper and dangerman Andy Moulds put the home side initially on top.

However, Harden’s strong batting line up soon countered and a blistering assault by Stuart Hudson (33) retired including a six through the clubhouse window quickly put Harden back in control. Wicket Keeper Jerry Higginson contributed 26 and excellent retiring knocks from Steve Powell (31), Steve Bateman (33), and Michael Scarborough (32) put the home side’s bowling in disarray.

The innings was finished off with a fine 27* from Paul Spencer as Harden set an imposing 248 for 4. A splendid counterattack by WDHCC openers Moey Hasan retired (31) and Maz Bhatti (23) kept the home side up with the run rate. Imran Akhtar (21) looked in good form until he fell trying once too often to hit a boundary off the impressive Paul Spencer whose 4/24 destroyed the WDHCC middle order.

Skipper Bryan Greenwood (29) had looked dangerous until he went for one reverse pull too often and fell LBW. Graeme Crabtree hit a quick fire 21 but any chance WDHCC had to win was left to last man Jonny Gatenby 12* and the returning Moey Hassan who smashed a further 25 taking his personal score to 56 meant that a very possible 26 were required off the last over of the game bowled by Harden skipper Andy Moulds.

Moey attempted to put the first ball out of the ground but missed it meaning more sixes would be required and on the second ball he swung across the line missing the ball and perishing LBW meaning that Harden had deservedly won a fantastic game of cricket by 26 runs.

Group 3

Pudsey St Lawrence v Bowling Old Lane: Pudsey St Lawrence scored a modest total of 130 for the loss of five wickets with just one score of 30 (Ian Priestley 30 retired). For Bowling Old Lane, Major Ish Raza’s economical spell of 2 runs per over and K Rehman’s economical spell of 3.2 runs per over ensured that the margins were held back in the second part of the innings. After losing the other opener, K Rehman, for just one run, number three batter Shahid Bashir and the other opener Steve Cooper (24) got off to great starts. The team’s net run rate improved because of the quick finish of the target by Rifaqet Ali (23*) and skipper Naz Ali (30 retired) in just 21 overs.

Helperby the Age v Silver Tykes: Helperby The Age scored a respectable 184/5 after winning the toss and deciding to bat after Damon Ive, David Sowray, Chris Beaumont, and Jeff Sowray all decided to retire when reached thirty run mark. Skipper A Conboy had the best figures of the bowlers for Silver Tykes, 3/24. In the Silver Tykes’ reply, David Sowray took a couple of wickets, but they never put the batsmen under pressure, and the total was reached in 22.4 overs. M Moorhouse, S Korko, P Hebden, and M Dancer all shown exceptional batting skills by touching the 30-run mark.

And stay tuned for round three results soon!

Sponsorship opportunity

The Grey Fox Trophy is a much-loved competition among all participants’, especially given cricket is played in the spirit of the game. It’s a tournament for people over the age of 50 who want to play more relaxed, inclusive, and exciting cricket.

We are now looking for sponsors for the semifinals (at New Rover Cricket Club on Sunday, 28 August) and final (at Scarborough Cricket Club, on Sunday, 11 September).

Would you be interested in becoming a sponsor for this year’s knockout games? You may help us buy medals and trophies, pay the match officials, and provide teas for the players by donating to The Grey Fox Trophy.

We’d want to advertise your brand on our website and across all social media channels as a thank you for your anticipated sponsorship. We hope to enlist your assistance in making this year’s TGFT one of our best!

Contact: Akhil Adulla, from Yorkshire Cricket Foundation on 07825 7052 31 & E: a.adulla@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com.

& for more information about The Grey Fox Trophy, please click on the link below…

The Grey Fox Trophy – Yorkshire Cricket Foundation

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