Welford on song in cup quarter-final

Lealholm beat Castleton in an entertaining Henry Flintoff Cup quarter-final against Castleton, in a match which swayed one way and another with both sides having opportunities to win the game.

Batting first, Lealholm’s openers got off to a decent start (Paul Hogarth 17, Graham Featherstone 18) before a middle over stutter put them in bother.

However, a quality late order onslaught from Matthew Tindall (18 with two sixes and one four) and Ed Welford (29 not out with two sixes and two fours) supported by a scampering seven not out from Paul Blackwell propelled Lealholm to 102/7 from their 20 overs.

Castleton’s reply was excellent and they were 21/0 from three overs before good bowling from Graham Featherstone and Carl Simpson dragged the game back in Lealholm’s favour.

Castleton continued to threaten but an excellent catch from 14-year-old Pat Hutton snuffed out their last hope of a win and Lealholm wrapped up the victory with a catch from wicket keeper Ed Welford, to win by 24 runs. Welford’s batting and wicket-keeping was outstanding.

Lealholm meet Fryup or Farndale on Monday (24 June) in the semi-final.