Kirkbymoorside 2nds claimed victory by six wickets in tonight’s Welford Cup final against Sherburn 2nds at Ebberston Cricket Club.
An unbeaten fifth-wicket stand of 48 between James Magson, 39 not out, and all-rounder Jez Underwood, 23 not out, steered Kirkby to victory in a tense final played on a cracking surface at Ebberston.
Sherburn batted first and Jack Pickard struck a superb cover drive in the first over, but he was clean-bowled by Tom Jefferson for four, bringing Martin Marflitt to the crease to join skipper Lee Jack.
Marflitt proceeded to destroy the Kirkby bowling, hammering two fours and two sixes off the fifth over of the game - bowled by Ryan Duiga, his first a massive strike which cleared the netting above the hedge near cow corner. This over went for 22 and signalled an aggressive spell of batting from the right-hand batsman.
The big-hitting Marflitt hit four fours and four sixes before being caught in the deep off Jefferson to leave Sherburn 73-2 off nine overs.
Brian Garbutt then fell lbw first ball , and when Chris Cousins departed for 14 off the bowling of all-rounder Underwood, Sherburn had slipped to 97-4 from 14 overs.
It was left to the experienced Jack, 31no, to play a patient knock, and his partnership with Ash Oldroyd, 12no, ensured that Sherburn reached a respectable 132-6.
Jefferson impressed with 2-28 from his five overs, while Underwood also proved very tidy with 3-27 from his five-over spell. Teenage seamer Ben Magson also bowled economically for his 0-23 from five overs.
The Moorsiders made the worst possible start to their reply when veteran opener Graham Jemison was dismissed for a duck in the first over, but Ryan Rivis’ breezy 20 got them back on track, and by the time he was dismissed they were 28-2 from five overs.
Martin Thompson then showed his batting power with a fine 37 and shared a crucial third-wicket stand of 55 with James Magson to steady the ship.
And although Duiga fell shortly after Thompson to leave the Moorsiders on 86-4, the fifth-wicket pair of Magson, 39no, and Underwood, 23no, made sure of the win for Kirkby with eight balls and six wickets to spare.
Derwent Valley League vice-president Bob Cowton handed over the trophies to the winners Kirkby and runners-up Sherburn after the final.