A CENTURY partnership between openers James O’Donnell and James Thompson secured the Booth Cup for Westerdale in a gripping final against Mulgrave, with plenty of twists and turns along the way.
Batting first, Westerdale started cautiously against some accurate Mulgrave bowling and after half the allotted overs, had scored only 40 runs.
They accelerated in the next eight overs, scoring 102 runs without losing a wicket, with Thompson unbeaten on 79 and O’Donnell 51 as they finished on 141-0.
When Mulgrave batted, they started in their usual free-scoring way and were immediately above the necessary scoring rate but in the second over, they lost their first wicket when Stuart Marsay was caught by Jimmy Matthews on the boundary.
Westerdale were taking wickets at regular intervals and when Andrew Thompson was dismissed by another good catch by Matthews, the game was beginning to turn in favour of Westerdale.
A Spenceley (21) began to turn the game back towards Mulgrave but when he was well caught by Martin Muir, the game changed again.
Two very good catches by wicket-keeper David Stonehouse secured victory for Westerdale as Mulgrave finished 13 runs short.
For Westerdale, Will Watson took four wickets for 37 and James Thompson 2-34.
Don Thompson presented the cup to Westerdale captain Mark Thompson and congratulated both teams on an interesting and very good match.
* full scorecard in Whitby Gazette Friday 17 August