Magical Malthouse helps Heslerton to Harburn glory

Heslerton celebrate a wicket on the way to their Harburn Cup final win against Wykeham
Heslerton celebrate a wicket on the way to their Harburn Cup final win against Wykeham

All-rounder Richard Malthouse had an evening to remember as he helped Heslerton to lift the Harburn Cup at North Marine Road on Friday night.

Malthouse caught the eye with both bat and ball in a clash against a gritty Wykeham side, which could have gone either way until the very last over.

Heslerton made the worst possible start, as top bat Gary Hall was bowled by Jack Holt in the very first over.

This allowed fellow opener Malthouse to team up with Stu Pickard, and the pair took the score on to 71-2, before the latter was caught by James Bryant off the bowling of Darren Mills for a powerful 36.

Pickard's confident knock was highlighted by six fours and a six.

Malthouse eventually became Holt's second victim when he went for a 44 including four boundaries.

Tom Benthall and skipper Sam Triffitt maintained the push as the overs ticked on. Both looked to have seen out the innings, but Benthall was run-out a ball shy of the completion on 29.

Triffitt cracked the final ball for four to move onto an unbeaten 17 in a final total of 138-4.

Holt looked bang in form when the Wykeham innings got underway, cracking two boundaries in his first three scoring shots.

But he was trapped lbw by Adam Spaven, and things soon got worse for the batting side.

Andy Slaughter picked up the wicket of Tom Pateman for a duck and Darren Mills went for four off the bowling of Spaven to leave Wykeham struggling on 18-3.

This heralded the arrival of skipper James Bryant, who set out on a personal crusade to push Wykeham towards the silverware.

Sadly for Bryant he lacked partners, as only Steve Clegg (11) in the remaining seven batsmen reached double figures.

Despite this, the thundering strokes of Bryant carried Wykeham to the brink, as they were left needing 15 runs from the final 10 balls.

The only issue was the fact that they only had two wickets in hand, due to a superb spell of spin from Dan Jeminson (4-37).

Disaster struck for Wykeham , as Bryant was run-out in bizarre fashion to swing things back Heslerton's way.

Ethon Pashby's drive struck his batting partner and Bryant couldn't make it back in time to add to a majestic 76, which boasted 15 fours.

The impressive Malthouse then wrapped things up by clean bowling Matty Graves, sealing fine figures of 2-7 and making sure Heslerton grabbed the trophy.