BRIGGSY SENDS WETHERBY WRINKLIES TO SCARBOROUGH
Nick Briggs hit the final ball of the game and "sprinted" a two to secure a thrilling win for the Wetherby Wrinklies against Harden CC. The win sees the Wrinklies through to finals day next Sunday at Scarborough County Cricket Ground, Marine Road where they will play Cottingham Old Boys in the Plate Final (wickets pitched 10:00am).
Harden CC from the Aire Wharfe League had first use of a lovely looking wicket at Hillam Monk Fryston.They were off to a fast start soon reaching 60 before the fall of the first wicket. Eric Frankland kept things tight (5 overs for 19) whilst Andy Conboy (5 overs 1-23) and Paul Dewhirst (5 overs 1 for 37) maintained some control in the middle overs before Nick Briggs entered the fray with what turned out to be a match winning spell (5 overs 4 for 12). The Harden CC innings closed on 181 which looked a very competitive total in 30 overs.
After an excellent tea including several homemade cakes the Wetherby League reply began. Mark Moorhouse (30*) and Steve Korko (16) began well keeping us up with the required rate. Andy Baron added 17 in quick time and there were valuable contributions from Pete Boothroyd (10) and Paul Dewhirst (12). There was then an excellent partnership between Andy Bryant (17) and Andy Conboy (29). When the latter fell at 155 there was still a lot to do but the WCL had "plenty in the tank". Home favourite Eric Frankland (15) and Mark "Bing" Crosby (15) took us to the brink of victory. With 1 ball left and 2 runs required the Wetherby No 11 Nick Briggs limped out to the wicket. With 10 fielders for company, Nick pulled a full toss to the leg side boundary and sprinted through for the winning runs.
An excellent days cricket, played in a fantastic spirit before a large crowd at a truly traditional village cricket venue. Well done Hillam for hosting and well done Wrinklies.
The Wetherby League is very much alive and kicking.