Cricket: Royd blown away in cup final

IT was defeat two years running for Myrtholmroyd in the Parish Cup final.

Sunday, 8th August 2010, 1:14 pm

They had gone into the final as favourities, but lost to a determined SBCI side who took the cup for the first time in 46 years at Blackley.

They quickly got into their stride and eventually blew away the hot favourites Mytholmroyd in this Briggs Priestley-sponsored contest.

Most neutrals reckoned league strugglers SBCI needed a big innings from either Alex Kaye or fellow opener Jamie Summerscales to have a chance of getting the better of rivals who had already beaten them twice this season.

After Summerscales came up trumps with a ton against Booth in the league on Saturday - after getting married 24 hours earlier - it was Kaye's turn to show his quality.

The tall right-hander anchored his side's innings with a blemish-free 116 and some stout hitting from Tom Conway (38) and then Dan Keighley (54) lifted the SBCI total to 271 for seven.

Twenty seven overs later the contest was almost over with Mytholmroyd's strong batting line-up reduced to 95 for seven.

Zahid Mahmood's patient 64 only served to delay the inevitable and when Jack Earle holed out to Robin Hanson at mid-wicket, 'Royd were all out 90 runs short of their target.

SBCI had backed up their fine batting effort with some outstanding fielding, spearheaded by Keighley, and adequate bowling to ensure the five watching members of the club's successful 1964 cup-winning side had another afternoon to remember.

Man of the match adjudicator Mick Jones, a former star bowler with the host club, had a straightforward task in naming Kaye as man of the match.

Kaye and Summerscales had made a watchful start against the speedy Jack Earle and league side player Sam Walker, taking 16 balls to put runs on the board courtesy of Kaye's push down the ground.

Both players looked solid and had taken the score to 55 in the 14th over when slow bowler Paul Senior, who had just replaced Earle from the valley end, dismissed Summerscales for 19.

He was ruled to have got a nick on the ball, which ballooned into the air off his pad and keeper Kris Halstead took the catch.

Senior struck again with the total on 87 in the 22nd over, Craig Potts guiding a catch to Walker at gully.

Kaye and new partner Conway stepped up the pace with 36 runs off three over after drinks, and although Conway perished with the total on 153, SBCI were well set for a big push off the last 15 overs.

Tom Wood (15) kept Kaye company for a while before falling to Jack Earle's first ball back and the paceman then brought Kaye's superbly-controlled innings to an end with the total on 214.

The opener's first miscue of the afternoon led to Tom Earle taking the catch moving in from long off.

Ben Summerscales departed first ball to Jon Lord's sharp catch but Keighley took centre stage by smashing six sixes before edging Zeb Mahmood's last ball of the innings to Halstead.

Mytholmroyd, as expected, came out with all guns blazing and although they struck 21 runs off the first 17 balls, they also lost both openers to the sharp but rather erratic Robin Hanson.

Shahid Rashid top edged to Craig Potts, who took a good catch running back towards the sight screen, and then Tom Earle offered a straightforward return catch to the bowler.

Young seamer Matt Scholefield gave way to Jamie Sykes, who bagged the key wickets of Jon Lord and Halstead before slow bowler Ben Summerscales accounted for James Cowens, twice final man of the match Zeb Mahmood and Danny Murgatroyd.

Zahid Mahmood was still there and he and Paul Senior added 68 without ever looking likely to win the game for a Mytholmroyd side requiring more than 10 an over.

In the end two catches from Hanson, with a Kaye stumping of the frustrated Mahmood in between, sealed SBCI's victory.

The final was expertly staged by first-time hosts Blackley but the attendance of 750 was a little down on normal, perhaps due to the cool, cloudy weather and those who had predicted would be a one-sided final staying away.

It turned out to be a one-horse race, but not in the way most had expected.