Wannop and Farrant shine in Valley final win

Forge Valley 3rds, who won the Division 5 T20 Cayley Cup final against Muston 2nds
Forge Valley 3rds, who won the Division 5 T20 Cayley Cup final against Muston 2nds

Batsmen Lewis Wannop and Tim Farrant sparkled in the rain as Forge Valley 3rds eased to an eight-wicket win in the T20 Readers Division 5 Cayley Cup final against Muston 2nds.

Man of the match Wannop, 35no, and opener Farrant, 26no, shared a match-winning half-century stand for Pete Wannop's side at Flixton as they easily chased down Muston's 90-5 in a game reduced to 16 overs a side due to the wet weather.

Muston won the toss and chose to bat in the final - the first-ever to use a pink ball in the league - sponsored by Murray Browns, but made the worst possible start when veteran Dave Meer holed out to Eric Hall at mid-off from the first ball of the final, delivered by teenage medium-pacer Tyler Beck.

The players headed off for a rain break after two overs with the score at 11-1, and then when the skies cleared the match was knocked down to 16 overs a side, Muston soon losing another wicket, Scott Orange dismissed for a rapid, forceful 15.

Opener Max Truelove batted patiently for an unbeaten 26, with James McMillan adding 22 and Ian Norris 15, but Muston failed to find the boundary with any frequency in the closing overs and Valley limited them to a steady 90-5.

Beck was the top Valley bowler with 2-15, while the keen Valley fielders bagged two run-outs.

Opener Chris Reddish soon departed for the Ayton side, but this only brought Eric Hall to the crease and the hard-hitting batsman hit several boundaries in his 15 before Kyle Orange, 2-16, snared him leg-before.

There were few further scares as Wannop and Farrant showed their experience to guide the Ayton club home.

Forge Valley 92-2 (L Wannop 35no, T Farrant 26no, E Hall 15, K Orange 2-16) beat Muston 2nds 90-5 (M Truelove 28no, J McMillan 22, S Orange 15, I Norris 15, T Beck 2-15) by eight wickets.