In a thrilling Billy Oates Memorial Cup final last Sunday, Wombwell Main beat Whitley Hall 3rds by just one run on the last ball to lift the trophy for the first time. Wombwell skipper Richard Batty received the Billy Oates Memorial Trophy from League Ambassador Terry Bentham (above)
Having won the toss and decided to bat first, Wombwell lost an early wicket, which brought their leading run-scorer Jonathan Scaife to the crease to join the experienced Richard Wilkinson. The pair then added 82 for the second wicket before Wilkinson was out for 26. Scaife was then joined by Thomas Goldsby-West (37), with whom he added 54 for the third wicket before being out for 84. Charlie Wragg, with 2-18 in eight overs, was the pick of the Whitley Hall attack. 
Elliott Ashton (36) and Tom Staniland (29) put on 48 for Whitley’s first wicket, before wicket-keeper Ben Gillott contributed 31 at number four. Tom Peck, with 1-11 in his eight-over spell, and Wilkinson (1-16 in his eight) kept the brakes on the scoring rate, and despite a late flourish in which Cameron Foulkes added 20 in 10 balls, Wombwell held their nerve for a fine win. 
After the game, Kev Linney of Wombwell Main, wrote to our Head of Senior Section, David Ward to say: 
As a club, Wombwell Main CC want to express our gratitude to the league and officials for arranging such a fabulous cup final – played in great spirits and such a great advert for local cricket and our league we play in. We would also like to pass on our thanks to Houghton Main CC for preparing a challenging wicket and hosting a great game. But most of all we would like to give tremendous thanks to the players and officials of Whitley Hall CC for wonderful sportsmanship following our last ball victory, which must have been hard to take.  The players are a credit to their club and a credit to the league, especially being such a young team, led brilliantly by a very humble and likeable young man in Nelson Windle. If the other finals are played in such high spirits and contested to the end no-one could complain. 
In the National T20 Blast, Appleby Frodingham lost at the area semi-final stage at Denby CC last Sunday. The Steelmen were beaten by nine runs by Alderley Edge of the Cheshire PL in the semi-final. Alderley Edge made 182-4 in 20 overs, despite an excellent spell of 2-16 in four overs from Joe Baker. Frodingham were 173-9 in their overs; Matt Fowler leading the way with a captain’s innings of 47, and receiving strong support from Jordan Cook (36). Unfortunately, despite their efforts, their side fell just short. Alderley Edge fell in the final to Barnard Castle of the NY&SD, who now go on to represent the north of England in the national final. 
Commiserations too to Aston Hall, who were beaten by Notts & Arnold by five wickets in last Sunday’s area final of the National T20 Plate. The Green Lane side made 162-5 in their 20 overs, with Sohail Mohammed making 74 off 45 balls and putting on 114 for the second wicket with Mark Barnard (48). Notts & Arnold reached their target in the 19th over, despite the efforts of home skipper Johannes Bothma (2-31 plus a run out) and his men. 
In the Viking Cricket Yorkshire Leagues KO Cup, Treeton lost to Driffield of the YPLN by seven wickets on the DLS method in a rain-affected first semi-final at Washfield Road last Sunday. Treeton scored 227-9 in their 40 overs with skipper Sam Drury making 99 off 80 balls before being run out on the last ball. He received good support from Chris Cobb (29) and Liam Johnson (30). Chasing a revised target of 182 in 29 overs, Driffield’s own Sam Drury dominated their innings with an unbeaten 90 off 74 balls, sharing in a 92-run third-wicket stand with Danny Broumpton (44), and taking his side to victory with oves and wickets to spare. 
The second Viking Cup semi-final, between Appleby Frodingham and Wakefield Thornes, will take place at Brumby Hall this coming Sunday, 22 August, (12.30 start). 
Also this coming Sunday, the final of the Presidents Trophy, between Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds and Penistone will take place at Wentworth Road, Upper Haugh CC this Sunday, 22 August, at 12 noon. All are welcome! 
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