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14 Sep

Yorkshire glory for Bowling Old Lane veterans

Bowling Old Lane’s veteran side celebrate after securing the Grey Fox Trophy 2021 – an innovative competition open to older participant cricket clubs across Yorkshire.

The enthralling competition, run by the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, is a fantastic over 50s cricket trophy which runs from April-September annually.

This year’s final saw the Bradford League side, retain the trophy which they won in 2019, after a comfortable victory over North Yorkshire opponents – Helperby The Aged in the final at Scarborough Cricket Club on Sunday, 12 September.

It was great to see the teams taking in part in some enjoyable, social cricket again – Kendal James, the Participation Manager for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation.

Batting first Helperby amassed 167 from 30 overs – with the major contributions from Short with 42 runs and Richardson, who totalled 31 runs.

The pick of an impressive bowling performance for Bowling was Rehman with two wickets for 10 runs, while players Khan and Najib also impressed.

In reply Bowling Old Lane reached their target in 21 overs.

Chief run scorers were Khan with 31 and Rehman with 29 both demonstrating their prowess with stylish knocks before Nadeem finished the chase in explosive style.

The stars of the Helperby bowlers were Kenyon and Holiday who both bowled impressive spells.

The man of the match was awarded to Short, who batted on impressive 42.

Kendal James, the Participation Manager for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, said this year’s final was “even more special” due to last year’s competition being cancelled due to coronavirus.

She said: “It was great to see the teams taking in part in some enjoyable, social cricket again.

“Teams have reported back to me throughout this season that this is something they really enjoyed.”

Kendal added: “They aren’t ready to hang up their boots just yet, but this competition offers a more relaxed, and less physically demanding version of the game they love and to be surrounded by their friends.”

Meanwhile in the earlier plate final Harden CC were the victors against New Farnley CC ‘Old Boys’.

Harden CC won the toss and chose to bat first and got off to a solid start with opener batters Higgingson and Scarborough – with the former retiring at 28 not out.

Cummings and Hargreaves then offered strong support with 16 and 25 respectively and Harden’s score ended at 141 for five wickets after twenty overs.

Six bowlers were used by New Farnely ‘Old Boys’ all offering a challenging attack with Farrel being the pick of the team – with a spell of one wickett for 16 runs off four overs.

In reply Edwards and Good both batted magnificently for New Farnley CC ‘Old Boys’ before they had to retire, having a massed maximum score.

Before the Harden attack began in full swing with a flow of runs Scarborough starred with the splendid spell of three for 16 runs. He was ably supported by Bailey and Fremanis with two wickets a piece.

In an exciting run chase New Farnley CC ‘Old Boys’ batsmen challenged but came up with five runs short.

Man of the match was awarded to Higginson with 28 runs.

Find out more information about the Grey Fox Trophy HERE.

If you are interested in entering your own team for next year’s competition or for sponsorship opportunities please contact Kendal James, the Participation Manager for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, on E: kendal.james@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com.

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