Cricket: Knaresborough edge rivals Forest to keep hold of Addison Cup

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Knaresborough Cricket Club retained the Addison Cup after a tense finale against town rivals Knaresborough Forest at Ripley on Monday evening.

Young bowler Jordan Tear held his nerve in the final over as a late blooming Forest were unable to score the 17 runs required to surpass Knaresborough's first innings of 137-5.

Knaresborough celebrate their Addison Cup win (Photos: Adrian Murray)

Knaresborough celebrate their Addison Cup win (Photos: Adrian Murray)

Forest came up 11 runs short of a historic victory as 2015 champions Knaresborough engraved their name on the trophy for a 12th time.

Knaresborough captain Greg Pickles said: “It's a great achievement. The lads have put in a lot of hard work this season.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game against Forest but we back ourselves to get runs on the board and bowl tight to get the wickets.

“It's a pleasure to win the trophy again and as captain, it's even better.”

Knareborough celebrate a wicket

Knareborough celebrate a wicket

The town rivals had not met in the prestigious Harrogate Evening League competition since 1971 when Forest lifted the trophy for the one and only time in their history.

However both came into the final with strong claims having been the dominant pair in Division One this season.

Forest had taken victory in the only meeting between the two sides as Aspin Lane but it is Knaresborough who are closing in on a second league title this decade with a three-point cushion at the top of the table.

Pickles won the toss on a warm summer's evening at the picturesque Ripley cricket ground, and elected to bat in prime conditions.

Jordan Tear held his nerve in the final over

Jordan Tear held his nerve in the final over

Tom Beasley crashed three early boundaries but fell with the score on 23 as he dragged a delivery from Mark Harrison straight to mid-wicket for 16.

Fellow opener James Ford (37) and Australian Keifer Peries continued to tick scoreboard along without providing fireworks. Peries fell at the halfway point, nicking Ryan Cooper behind for 16 leaving Knaresborough with plenty to do at 57-2.

Pickles made a number of lusty blows, including the innings' only six, before partner Ford chipped Aaron Brunner to Harrison in the covers to depart for 37 – the Forest player taking the catch one handed above his head.

Sam Davies (4) soon followed to the pavilion and with Knaresborough 100-4 through 16, Forest looked the likelier victors.

Knaresborough's Dave Girling watches a ball go past his outside edge

Knaresborough's Dave Girling watches a ball go past his outside edge

However, Pickles (34), Dave Girling (19no) and Andy Ward jnr (10) crashed 36 off the next for to set up a sizeable lead.

Forest's reply was hit early as star Aussie Brunner (7) feathered a Sam Davies delivery behind, while fellow opener Jake Zsilinsky was trapped leg before after striking two successive boundaries.

Bradford League player Cooper (3) followed without an addition to the score as he found Peries in the deep from Ward jnr's (2-17) first delivery.

Jason Wright (8) was next to go, bowled by Ward, before Jack Martin was adjudged to have been struck leg before off Pickles (1-15) for 19.

And when David Healey (4) picked out Sam Witham of Tear, Forest's hopes looked all but lost.

However, Danny Bryan smashed two sixes and two boundaries to set up a thrilling finish.

A large crowd of spectators were at Ripley Cricket Ground to watch the final

A large crowd of spectators were at Ripley Cricket Ground to watch the final

But Tear (2-34) bowled the dangerman for 35 and ensured his side kept hold of the trophy as his final over went for six, when 17 was required for victory.

“After two overs I was thinking about taking him off but I thought to back him,” Pickles said of Tear. “All season he has done a great job for me. He has finished the job, which is good.

“I would have been happy with 20 more, 150, but we always back our plans after getting runs on the board.”

Andy Ward jnr bowls to Bryan who made 35 and won the man of the match award for Knaresborough Forest

Andy Ward jnr bowls to Bryan who made 35 and won the man of the match award for Knaresborough Forest