Two Toms turn league finale on its head

THE curtain came down on another Esk Valley Evening League cricket season with Sleights, champions for the second year running, taking on an under 20s side drawn from the rest of the league.

The Sleights innings of 133 from their 20 overs was dominated by some hard hitting from Richie Johnston, who made a quickfire 71 before he fell to a good diving catch by Tom Steyert.

Sleights’ other main contributor was Guy Coser who made 28.

Under 20s captain Jack Dowson unusually opted for an all-spin attack at one stage with Adam Beckett and Kai Morris operating in tandem, with Kai coming out with the best figures of 3-25.

Kildale all-rounder Seamus Doherty also looked impressive with the ball, taking 2-12.

The under 20s’ reply looked solid at first but they faltered, losing some quick wickets.

Tom Pickering however, who opened the batting and finished with 40 not out, was the steadying influence and when he was joined by Steyert, the tied turned and the pair piled on the runs to take victory.

For his 68 not out and a fine catch, Steyert was awarded the man of the match trophy which was presented by the league secretary.

Sleights had topped the first division for almost the entire season but they were pushed all the way by Fryup, runners-up for the second season running, and Mulgrave.

Sleights captain Phil Smith was presented with the championship trophy – The Thomas Whiteley Walker Cup - by league vice-president Bill Thompson.

At the other end of the first division table, Goathland were unable match their form of last season and were relegated along with Lealholm.

Division Two was very well contested with Hinderwell taking the honour of top spot by just one point ahead of a rejuvenated, young and enthusiastic Castleton side.