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29 Sep

Yorkshire glory as Bowling Old Lane win Grey Fox Trophy 2022

Bowling Old Lane veterans have been celebrating a famous success after securing the Grey Fox Over-50s Trophy, which is open to cricket clubs across Yorkshire.

The Bradford League side retained the trophy – with the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation (YCF) run competition celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year – after beating Harden Cricket Club on Sunday, 11 September at Scarborough Cricket Ground.

In an emotional moment, both sides, alongside match officials, organisers, staff and fans, observed a one-minute silence at the start of the final as a mark of respect following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Before the start of both the Plate and Trophy Finals – teams, match officials, staff and fans, observed a one-minute silence at the start of the final as a mark of respect following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Bowling Old Lane, who also won the trophy for the first time in 2019, won the coin toss and elected to bowl first, under the watchful eyes of umpires Alan Brown and Peter Roe.

The Bradford side made a strong start with Harden CC’s opener Allitt out for a duck. But Harden rallied back and solid performances from Hudson, Scarboro, and Bateman – who all retired at 30 – helped Harden to a respectable total of 157/5 off 30 overs.

Stand out bowling performances for Bowling included Hanson and Hanif – who registered two wickets each.

Harden gave the returning champions a scare when Hudson gave his side an early breakthrough by removing Iqbal for just four runs.

However Bowling Old Lane chased down the target 158/4 off 26.5 overs in the final – with Bashir leading the chase after Rehman and Khan batted superbly in the middle and were retired.

When Bashir, who was awarded the player of the match, hit the winning runs – the victory saw Bowling Old Lane become the first team to win The Grey Fox Trophy three times.

Pictured, Bowling Old Lane win The Grey Fox Trophy for the third time.

This year saw 12 teams taking part in The Grey Fox Trophy, with 10 returning teams from previous seasons, and two new teams – Pannal Steamers and Pudsey St Lawrence CC – also taking part.

Kendal James, Participation Manager for YCF, and organiser of the competition, said: “It has been fantastic once again to have the finals at the wonderful Scarborough Cricket Ground, and it’s been a special occasion.

“We thank Scarborough CC for hosting the finals and providing some delicious teas that were appreciated by those in attendance.

“This competition – now in it’s 10th successful year – offers a more relaxed, and less physically demanding version of the game of cricket they love and gives the opportunity for players to be surrounded by their friends.”

Earlier in the day, The Grey Trophy Final opened with the Plate Final, with Silver Tykes taking on Beverley Veterans.

And as with the final, both sides, alongside match officials, organisers, staff and fans, observed a one-minute silence as a mark of respect following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

It was a difficult start for Beverley, batting first as on the very first ball of the game, Silver Tykes’ Stoddart dismissed Beverley’s opener Camplejohn.

But Ali, the other opener, and Pratt (number three batsman) rallied back against some challenging new ball bowling from the Silver Tykes.

Beverley finished on 138/4 off 30 overs with Stoddard crucially taking three wickets for the Tykes’ and restricting Beverley from scoring crucial runs at the death.

In the chase thanks to some excellent bowling from Beverley’s Wootton, the Tykes lost two early wickets.

However, Hebden and Dancer scored rapidly in the middle for the Tykes– helping them control the required run rate.

The Tykes chased down the total for 139/5 off just 19.4 overs and crowned Plate champions for the 2022 season with Hebden named Player of the Match, for the winners thanks to an outstanding performance with the bat.

This competition – now in it’s 10th successful year – offers a more relaxed, and less physically demanding version of the game of cricket they love and gives the opportunity for players to be surrounded by their friends – Kendal James, Participation Manager for YCF

This year’s Grey Fox Trophy Final was the culmination 27 games played over six months.

Kendal said: “Thank you to all the teams for their hard work and congratulations to the two winners.

“Without the collaboration of the teams that ventured outside of their comfort zones and played games, the 10th edition would not have been a success.

“Thank you to all the committee members, officials, umpires, and scorers for the games.”

A special mention goes to Helen Heald, who worked with the teams to coordinate throughout the competition and served as a liaison between the YCF and the teams. And a special mention to Akhil Adulla who has helped with orgainsation of the competition and match reporting.

A big thank you also goes to Mel Reuben and New Rovers Cricket Club for hosting the semi-finals of the competition, we are thankful to Mel Reuben and New Rovers CC.

The Grey Fox Trophy

The aim for The Grey Fox Trophy is to be back “bigger and better” next year.

If you are are interested in taking part in the competition and for sponsorship opportunities please click on the link below:

The Grey Fox Trophy

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