Filey 2nds secured a thrilling last-ball victory in tonight’s Severfields Cup final at a drizzly Staxton CC, scrambling the winning run with three wickets to spare.
The Clarence Drive club looked to be coasting to victory as they only needed three to win off the final over, bowled by veteran Keith Eddon, who started with a dot ball then man of the match Jonny Hunter ran a two off the second delivery to tie the scores with four balls remaining.
Two more dot balls by wily campaigner Eddon left Hunter needing a single to claim victory from two balls but he was clean-bowled from the fifth ball, bringing Kev Chapman to the crease knowing that he needed a run to clinch the cup.
With all the Lockton fielders brought in to stop the single, Kev Chapman missed the ball but scampered through for the crucial run, despite young wicketkeeper Liam Taylor’s best attempts to run out the non-striker, Kev’s brother Tiv, who dived in to make his ground at the keeper’s end.
Lockton had earlier won the toss and chosen to bat, a decision that seemed very wise as openers Rory Lancaster, 57, and Si Oxendale, 36, propelled the villagers to an impressive 137-4 from their 20 overs. The duo shared an opening stand of 90 from 13 balls, and some rapid running between the wickets was a key feature of their partnership, Lancaster setting the pace in the main.
Slow bowler Hunter was the pick of the Filey attack with 2-29 from four overs, while Lewis Adams took 1-34 and Chapman 1-25.
Openers Ryan Baldry, 36, and Paul Liley, 21, gave Filey a solid platform as they kept up with run-rate until John Lay snapped up the three crucial wickets of key men Liley, Baldry and Nathan Vernon to peg them back. The wicket of Liley saw Lancaster pull off an astonishing leaping one-handed catch on the long-on boundary.
Thirteen-year-old James Boyes’ second spell brought Lockton back into the game as he dismissed Adams for 10 and Ellery Liley for one and Filey looked set to run out of wickets, but big-hitting Hunter kept his cool and his powerful 27 proved crucial, setting up the thrilling climax to the cup final.
Hunter won the man of the match awards sponsored by Trophy Traders of Scarborough, and was presented with the trophy by Simon Barnes, who was representing competition sponsors Severfields.
Barnes also handed the winner’s trophy to Filey skipper Jordan Gregory and the runners-up shield to Lockton captain Simon Boyes, as well as the individual awards to both sets of players.
Result: Filey 2nds 138-7 (R Baldry 36, J Hunter 27, P Liley 21, J Lay 3-41, J Boyes 2-27) beat Lockton 137-4 (R Lancaster 57, S Oxendale 36, J Hunter 2-29) by three wickets.