Historic day as Collingham CC claim first ever Waddilove Cup

Collingham winners of the Aire Wharfe League Waddilove Cup agter beating Ben Rhydding at Ilkley cricket club with the last ball of the game
Collingham winners of the Aire Wharfe League Waddilove Cup agter beating Ben Rhydding at Ilkley cricket club with the last ball of the game

It took three goes to finally get their hands on the silverware but Collingham completed what they hopewill be the first leg of a league and cup double on Sunday by winning the Waddilove Cup.

They successfully defeated Ben Rhydding at the third time of asking at Ilkley CC after two previous rained-off attempts, but were given some heart-stopping moments along the way.

Collingham winners of the Aire Wharfe League Waddilove Cup after beating Ben Rhydding at Ilkley cricket club with the last ball of the game'Close call...Chris Smith of Ben Rhydding just evades this delivery from Matthew Fielding of Collingham

Collingham winners of the Aire Wharfe League Waddilove Cup after beating Ben Rhydding at Ilkley cricket club with the last ball of the game'Close call...Chris Smith of Ben Rhydding just evades this delivery from Matthew Fielding of Collingham

Rhydding faced the tough task of needing 76 off 15 overs with only five wickets left and came within a run of victory.

A brilliant unbeaten 43 from Redmond Bolton, who put on 44 with last man Alex Miller, saw Ben Rhydding need ten off the final over for the tie thatwould have given them victory on fewer wickets lost.

But man of the match Toby Jacklin managed to restrict them to three twos and three singles and 107-5 to take the cup to Collingham, who had posted 182 batting first, for the first time in their history.

Next on the agenda for ‘Ham is the small matter of trying to win the Division One title. Sam Anderson’s side are currently level on points with leaders Beckwithshaw with just three games remaining in the season.

They drew level thanks to Saturday’s six-point win over Burley. Having reached 127 batting first, Collingham bowled Burley out for 113, that man Jacklin claiming 5-20.

They travel to defending champions Thackley on Saturday.