The Grey Fox Trophy 2022: Round 3 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 3 Wrap-up:
Men of Derwent was offered the choice to bat first in an away game. They posted a massive total that shows 241 in 30 overs on the scoreboard. When they reached the thirty-run mark, five of their batters retired. Rainton CC struggled to keep up with the required rate during the chase, which kept going after each over. Thanks to some outstanding spells from Paul Grewer (Economy: 1.4) and Mike Burdett (Economy: 1.8), none of their batsmen scored more than 20 runs, except for their opener Andy Colley and Number three Jim Blackburn. With this victory, Men of Derwent were certain to finish first in Group A and had a superior run rate compared to the other top four semifinalists. With 35 runs in a 25 over game, Pannal Steamers defeated Beverley Veterans in the other match.
Hall Park CC defeated Harden CC in a hard-fought game by a margin of 12 runs, with R Kempton collecting a 3-fer. They achieved a top-four finish as a result. In their final league match, Windhill and Daisy Hill CC were defeated by New Farnley CC Old Boys, with the former placing fourth and the latter third in Group B.
The Silver Tykes scored a respectable total of 180 for the loss of 7 wickets after winning the toss and electing to bat first. K. Rehman and Major from Bowling Old Lane each managed to take two wickets. Three of their top four batsmen reached the 30-run mark, while their middle order batters helped them complete the chase with 13 balls to spare. With this result, Bowling Old Lane moved into the top four of the league and Silver Tykes lost the fourth semi-final spot to Harden CC based on the Net Run Rate. Due to the rain, the game between Pudsey St. Lawrence and Helperby The Age was abandoned, and each team received one point.
We currently have four semi-finalists and seven plate entrants following a few weeks of action and 18 league games. Men of Derwent is ranked first, followed by Hall Park Templars, Bowling Old Lane, and Harden CC as the four semifinalists. Hall Park Templars (2) vs. Bowling Old Lane (3) in the morning and Men of Derwent (1) vs. Harden CC (4) in the afternoon are set to play the first and second semi-finals at the New Rovers CC on Sunday, August 28, 2022. The clubhouse bar at the New Rover CC will be open all day and families & friends are most welcome to come and support the teams.
Every team that didn’t advance to the semifinals, except for Windhill and Daisy Hill CC, expressed interest in competing in the plate division. The standings are Silver Tykes, Pannal Steamers, Beverley Veterans, New Farnley CC Old Boys, Pudsey St Lawrence, Helperby The Age, and Rainton CC based on the points earned and Net Run Rate. Silver Tykes, the team ranked first in the plate, automatically qualifies for round two. The remaining six teams play in a knockout, and the winners of that round join Silver Tykes in round two. Therefore, the deadline for the first round of plate games is August 14th.
Special thanks to Kendal James (YCF), Helen Heald (YCF), committee members, the match officials, grounds men, and all the participants for a great start to the 2022 season. In a few weeks, we’ll be back with an update on Round one of Plate fixtures. Cheers!