Raw inspires Fryup to Whitby Gazette Cup glory

FRYUP retained the Whitby Gazette Cup last week when they defeated Goathland in the final at Mulgrave.

Going into the game as favourites due to having lost only once this season, Fryup batted first as Goathland seeked revenge for their defeat in the final last year.

Fryup got off to a steady start thanks to openers Dave Bowes and Ben Hogarth before Carl Woodward trapped the former LBW.

The top order all chipped in with runs while Goathland took regular wickets but the Fryup line-up made the most of some mistakes in the field with Chris Knight top-scoring with 32 not out having been dropped early in his innings.

Goathland finished strongly with Woodward ending up with figures of 4-54 off his 10-over spell while youngster Matty Towey weighed in with three for 24 off four overs as Fryup finished on 123-8.

Set 124 to win, Goathland had a terrible start with Jon Chadwick being bowled by Andy Raw for 5, having earlier taken a glancing blow to the head from a rising ball, while Danny Brooksbank was bowled for two, Alex Stephenson for 1 and Ray Annis for a duck leaving Goathland struggling at 16-4.

Andy Raw was unplayable as Nick Oswald joined Ian Smith at the wicket while he was well supported by Gavin Lonsdale at the other end.

But having played themselves in, opener Smith and Oswald began to open up and find gaps in the field.

Even Raw, whose first eight overs went for only 22 runs got some treatment as his last two overs went for 20 leaving him with figures of 4-42 off 10 overs.

But the damage had been done in the early overs for Goathland as, despite a spirited fightback to end up on 101-4 with Smith unbeaten on 40 and Oswald reaching his half century, they lost by 22 runs.