Beckwithshaw down Knaresborough to lift Addison Cup

Ben Quick batting for Beckwithshaw

Ben Quick batting for Beckwithshaw

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Beckwithshaw lifted their first trophy of the cricketing summer as they swept past Knaresborough in the Harrogate Evening League Addison Cup.

A delightful first wicket partnership of 122 between overseas star Mitch Farag (69) and Ross Sedgley (54) led ‘Shaw to 170-2 from 20 overs.

Knaresborough stuck with the Aire Wharfe leaders for the opening 10 overs but wickets fell sharply and they were ousted for 127 with only one over to go.

It was a pleasant evening for cricket at neutral venue, Bilton Cricket Club and a healthy crowd poured in to watch the match from the pavilion edge.

Beckwithshaw, being led by midweek skipper Pete Hotchkiss, chose to bat first on the toss on a good paced pitch.

Their openers Farag and Sedgley soon settled into a patient rhythm, seizing on bad balls and building the innings at just over six an over through the first 10.

Knaresborough’s own Australian Josh Sundberg kept his end tight through four overs, conceding 15 runs.

Sedgley soon moved through the gears, and showed why his teammates call him ‘the Sedghammer’ with two classy sixes in consecutive balls.

When he departed the ball after reaching his half century, former Yorkshire player Alex Lilley blistered a smooth 25 from 10 balls as ‘Shaw battered 52 runs from the last four overs.

Farag was afforded two drops before he holed out and Ben Quick (9no) added two fours in the final over.

In reply, Knaresborough’s Sundberg showed glimpses of the guile he possesses. But opening bowler Lilley bowled a tight line in a three over spell for 13 runs.

‘Boro’s first team captain Stu Carey was first to fall as he saw his bails removed by Ollie Hotchkiss. Number three Greg Pickles struck 22 but his innings was brought to an abrupt end when he was given out leg before from a ball which looked close to pitching outside leg stump.

‘Shaw captain Pete Hotchkiss then castled Dave Girling to leave ‘Boro struggling on 57-3.

Jon Corcoran smashed a huge six in a brief 14 but his wicket ended much of his side’s hope. Young left-arm seamer Chris Wade picked up two wickets, including the fluent Sundberg for 55 before spinner Quick wrapped it up, taking 4-26.

The victorious ‘Shaw huddled in celebration, and while their hands were safe in the field, captain Hotchkiss showed one chink to their fielding as he dropped the trophy in two when lifting it aloft.

All-rounder Lilley was awarded man of the match for his enterprising knock and economical figures, much to the surprise of his teammates.