ON one of the sunniest days of the season the much-delayed Whitby Gazette Cup final between Mulgrave and Fryup at last got under way.
The match was hosted by Sleights and a good crowd of spectators enjoyed an exciting game of cricket.
Having won the toss and put Mulgrave in to bat, Fryup could not have got off to a better start as prolific run-scorer Stu Marsay was bowled out with the first ball of the game.
The rest of the side put up a good fight against the strong bowling attack of Andy Raw and Gavin Lonsdale.
Gavin’s wickets included a hat-trick in his haul of 7 for 66 with Andy taking two.
Unusually, for any game, all wickets were clean bowled.
On a good wicket with a reasonably fast outfield Mulgrave managed to post a score of 123, with J Newton top scoring with an unbeaten 43.
After the break, Fryup lost two early wickets and runs were hard to come by due to some excellent tight bowling from Andy Thompson.
The batsmen managed only one scoring shot from each of Andy’s first five overs, making the required run-rate more difficult to achieve.
It was a nail-biting finish with Fryup falling short of their victory target by nine runs despite a hard-earned 55 from Chris Knight.
S Marsay b G Lonsdale 0
J Hinchcliffe b G Lonsdale 22
T Garbutt b A Raw 20
A Thompson b G Lonsdale 5
A Spenceley b G Lonsdale 29
J Newton not out 43
N Duell b A Raw 0
C Spenceley b G Lonsdale 0
S Kipling b G Lonsdale 0
J Jacobs b G Lonsdale 0
C Gibson not out 1
Total (from 20 overs) 123
Gavin Lonsdale 7-66
T Pickering b J Hinchcliffe 1
C Knight run out 55
B Hogarth c J Newton b J Hinchcliffe 0
A Raw c S Marsay b A Thompson 35
D Hutchinson not out 11
J Jackson c Hinchcliffe b A Thompson 0
T Raw not out 0
Total (from 20 overs) 115
A Thompson 2 for 39
Mulgrave won by 8 runs
* More pictures in Friday’s Whitby Gazette (5 October)