Thomson’s haul for Sleights ends fightback

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A seven-wicket haul from Dave Thomson helped Sleights to a comfortable 38-run win in the final of Sunday’s Whitby Gazette Cup at Sport Mulgrave.

Sleights had earlier batted at an impressive rate to set opponents Danby a tough target of 144 from their allotted 20 overs.

Whitby Gazette Cup winners Sleights. Top from left: John Wilson, Andy Tolhurst, James Organ-Simpson, Mark Kipling, Matthew Cooper, Aaron Leeman, Isaac Christopher; front: Dave Thomson, Tony Clarkson (c), Jimmy Simpson, Adam Lorains'picture: Alan Wastell

Whitby Gazette Cup winners Sleights. Top from left: John Wilson, Andy Tolhurst, James Organ-Simpson, Mark Kipling, Matthew Cooper, Aaron Leeman, Isaac Christopher; front: Dave Thomson, Tony Clarkson (c), Jimmy Simpson, Adam Lorains'picture: Alan Wastell

Although Danby upped their game in the second half of their innings, a late flurry of wickets killed off any glimmer of hope they had of pulling off a shock win.

Youngsters Matthew Cooper and Isaac Christopher inflicted the damage with the bat for Sleights, scoring 48 and 45 respectively, while experienced campaigner Jimmy Simpson contributed with 13 as Sleights scored 143/3 on a warm afternoon.

Jack Dowson offered early promise in Danby’s response before he fell for 21 to fast bowler Thomson.

Halfway through their innings, Danby were at 45/3, needing 10 an over to give themselves any chance of winning the game.

Whitby Gazette sports editor Duncan Atkins presents the Whitby Gazette Cup to Sleights captain Tony Clarkson

Whitby Gazette sports editor Duncan Atkins presents the Whitby Gazette Cup to Sleights captain Tony Clarkson

They did amass 14 runs in their 14th over but any hopes of a heroic fightback were soon dashed by Thomson mopping up the tail and Christopher taking a brace, despite Keith Horton’s gallant 45 for Danby.

Eskdale League president Martin Muir praised the Lythe venue, the organisers and said both finalists were in the middle of a good season playing competitive cricket.

“I think Sleights played really well, set a very challenging score and were well captained in the second half to defend their score,” he said,

“Danby made a valiant attempt but it’s hard chasing 143.”

Whitby Gazette runners-up Danby, top from left: Paul Snaith, Andy Williamson, Liam Featherstone, James Snaith, Jeff Simpson, Paul Snaith, Kevin Horton; front: Alex Boyd, John Dowson, Nathan Blacklock, Jack Dowson'picture: Alan Wastell

Whitby Gazette runners-up Danby, top from left: Paul Snaith, Andy Williamson, Liam Featherstone, James Snaith, Jeff Simpson, Paul Snaith, Kevin Horton; front: Alex Boyd, John Dowson, Nathan Blacklock, Jack Dowson'picture: Alan Wastell

Whitby Gazette sports editor Duncan Atkins handed the trophies over to the captains of both sides.

Danby chase the runs against Sleights'picture: Alan Wastell

Danby chase the runs against Sleights'picture: Alan Wastell

Two-wicket Isaac Christopher launches one for Sleights'picture: Alan Wastell

Two-wicket Isaac Christopher launches one for Sleights'picture: Alan Wastell