SBCI won the Towergate Halifax League’s Parish Cup final for the second time in three years when they beat gallant underdogs Low Moor by 26 runs at Sowerby St Peters today.
In a match spanning eight days due to rain, SBCI skipper Jamie Sykes not only lifted the historic and valuable trophy but also picked up the man of the match award.
The 26-year-old took two wickets in two balls to finally tip the scales his side’s way in a very even Briggs Priestley-sponsored final.
Low Moor made a mockery of their league position - skipper Nick Wood is resigned to relegation from the middle section - and they were left to rue the absence of their leading runmaker this season, Mark Mills, on the second Sunday of action.
SBCI resumed on 153 for five and added 62 in their remaining 10 overs with Sykes (18 no) happy to push the singles, confident that his side could defend a score of 200-plus.
Bowlers Wood and Mark Stokes contained SBCI well and picked up the wickets of experienced left hander Craig Potts for 45 and Matthew Scholefield for four, the youngster departing to a smart piece of stumping from Carl Harrison.
Scholefield’s dismissal in the penultimate over brought Matthew Hoyle to the crease on his old stamping ground and he thumped 20 vital runs off the final over from Craig Green,
The first two balls disappeared for six, the next went for four and the next two for two apiece before Hoyle was run out coming back for a second off the last ball. The first run was then ruled “short” but SBCI were still satisfied with a total of 215 for eight.
Ollie Benson struck a crucial blow for SBCI when bowling free-scoring Andy Croasdell in the third over and when he also beat Richard Speight’s forward push to hit the stumps again, Low Moor were 42 for two.
However, Charlie Holdsworth was striking the ball well and Low Moor were arguably getting the upper hand at 89 for two in the 21st over when Sykes struck.
Holdsworth (48) advanced down the pitch looking for another boundary and was beaten all ends up. Wood followed leg before to the next delivery.
Effectively five wickets down, Low Moor’s prospects looked bleak but Harrison would have none of it and struck a superb 58.
While he was at the crease, in company with Mark Stokes (40), the flame burned bright for the former Bradford Central League side, playing in their first Parish Cup final.
The pair had taken the score to 132 in the 29th over when Sykes picked up Harrison’s scalp, Benson making a good running catch at deep mid-wicket.
Low Moor continued to attack but the returning Robin Hanson picked up three wickets and Sykes his fourth, Hanson scattering Matthew Haley’s stumps to leave Low Moor 189 all out.
Rain which had failed to disrupt the match a second time then became heavier for the presentations.
Jamie Summerscales, the other player not able to be present at the continuation of the contest today, was the first winner of the Brian Hunter Memorial Shield,
The trophy, which remembers a man who scored the first Parish Cup final century for Triangle in 1955 and died this year, goes to the player with the highest score in the final and Summerscales pipped Harrison by one run.
Low Moor v SBCI
SBCI 215 for eight
S.Hinchliffe c Holdsworth b Matthews 30
J.Summerscales c Holdsworth b Stokes 59
T.Wood c Stokes b Williamson 22
C.Potts b Green 45
D.Keighley c Matthews b Williamson 4
C.Hyland c Harrison b Haley 0
J.Sykes not out 18
M.Scholefield st Harrison b Haley 0
M.Hoyle run out 21
Bowling: C.Green 7-0-62-1, D.Matthews 9-2-43-1, M.Stokes 9-0-30-1, M.Haley 7-3-23-1, B.Williamson 7-3-27-2, N.Wood 6-1-19-1.
LOW MOOR 189
C.Holdsworth b Sykes 48
A.Croasdell b Benson 4
R.Speight b Benson 5
C.Harrison c Benson b Sykes 58
N.Wood lbw b Sykes 0
M.Stokes c Sykes b Hanson 40
B.Williamson c Wood b Hanson 9
D.Matthews c Hinchliffe b Sykes 11
C.Green not out 1
M.Haley b Hanson 2
Bowling: O.Benson 9-3-40-2, R.hanson 8.1-2-39-3, M.Scholefield 7-0-28-0, J.Sykes 7-0-42-4, M.Hoyle 4-1-14-0, T.Wood 4-0-16-0.