For the second week running ,skipper Mark Thompson lifted silverware for Westerdale as his team triumphed over Mulgrave in the final of the Booth Cup, at Glaisdale on Sunday.
Opting to bat first on a green and slightly damp surface, Westerdale’s Tom Garbutt and Adrian Dowson looked solid against Mulgrave’s opening bowlers Joe Hinchcliffe and Carl Woodward, adding 50 in the first four of the allotted 16 eight-ball overs.
But the tables turned when Andrew Cass was brought into the attack. His first over was a maiden, in his second he Ade Dowson caught behind for 18.
In his third, he clean bowled Westerdale’s guest player Chris Allison for just two and in his fourth, he bowled Garbut as he danced down the wicket trying to hit over the top.
Mulgrave’s other bowlers couldn’t match Cass’ exploits and as he had done the previous week in the Whitby Gazette Cup final, James O’Donnell batted solidly and looked untroubled but he had little support as James Thompson, Mike Thompson and Dave Stonehouse could only make 15 between them.
With seven wickets down, the score on 96 and with only 20 balls of the innings remaining, Jonathan Thompson joined O’Donnell at the crease.
Thompson added some much-needed impetus to the innings and he and his partner scored all but one of the last 20 balls they faced, adding 26 runs and bringing the Westerdale innings to close on a respectable 122/7.
Mulgrave were soon in trouble, losing both openers Hinchcliffe and Jackson with only nine on the board but Chris Clarkson and Mario Spagnuolo fought back and took control, adding over 50 for the third wicket as the pendulum swung back in Mulgrave’s favour.
As Mike Thompson continued to bowl tightly, Stuart Dowson was effectively hit out of the attack and was replaced by Chris Allinson.
Westerdale nerves began to jangle as catches were spilled. Chris Allison trapped Spagnuolo lbw in his second over and when James Thompson replaced Mike Thompson after completing his spell, the game changed again.
He had Clarkson well caught by Jonathan Thompson close to the boundary and Mulgrave skipper Simon Kipling caught behind by Stonehouse in his first over. Stu Dowson came back into the attack for his final over and a fine catch from Garbutt saw him get his name on the scorecard, taking the wicket of Chris Spenceley.
Mulgrave’s hopes of overhauling the Westerdale total had all but gone and Allison and James Thompson with their accurate bowling claimed three more cheap wickets, bringing the innings to a close at 90 all out.
T Garbutt b Cass 38
A Dowson c Spagnuolo b Cass 18
C Allison b Cass 2
J O’Donnell not out 27
James Thompson c Woodward b Jackson 4
Mike Thompson lbw Hinchcliffe 2
D Stonehouse c C Spencely b Woodward 9
Jonathan Thompson not out 11
Total (for 7 wickets) 122
J Hinchcliffe 4 overs, 0 maidens, 1 for 41
C Woodward 4 overs, 0 maidens 1 for 28
A Cass 4 overs, 1 maiden, 3 for 8
L Jackson 4 overs, 0 maidens, 1 for 37
J Hinchcliffe run out 5
L Jackson c O’Donnell b Mike Thompson 3
C Clarkson c Jona Thompson b James Thompson 28
M Spagnuolo lbw Allison 24
S Kipling c Stonehouse b James Thompson 2
C Spenceley c Garbutt b S Dowson 1
A Cass b Allison 6
L Spenceley c Garbutt b James Thompson 5
C Woodward not out 2
A Jacobs b Allison 8
J Ingham b Allison 0
Total (all out) 90
S Dowson 4 overs, 0 maidens 1 for 29
Mike Thompson 4 overs 0 maidens 1 for 23
C Allison 3.5 overs, 1 maiden 4 for 20
James Thompson 3 overs 0 maidens 3 for 12