STUDLEY Royal produced a stunning all-round display to wrestle the 2011 Addison Cup out of the hands of holders Bardsey on Monday night at Harrogate CC.
On a warm, muggy evening Stags captain Steve Walmsley had no hesitation sticking the West Yorkshiremen into bat after winning the toss.
His game plan looked to have paid off when openers Hamed Khan and Mukhtar Aktar were both removed LBW early in the match for 12 and 21 respectively.
Bardsey were without West Indian legend Collis King who was ineligible for the contest but with BaBar Butt gracing the St George’s Road turf at number three they had strength in depth to set a competitive total.
Spinners Charlie Scatchard, Walmsley and Olie Uffindall all proved their worth in the twenty/20 contest with runs coming mainly from the medium pace of Rob Mackle (0-41).
Butt took a fancy to him spanking a couple of huge sixes over cow corner.
However a few lusty blows aside Royal had their opponents in their back pocket for the majority of their innings.
Studley swooped on every loose ball and every catch went to hand.
Butt’s 44 was the stand out for Bardsey as they spluttered up to 121-8.
Walmsley (4-15) was the pick of the Studley Royal bowlers with Crewe (2-30), Scatchard (1-14) and Uffindall (1-19) taking the other wickets.
It was never going to be enough on another Harrogate road and so it proved as Royal stormed to an eight-wicket win in reply.
Scatchard (28) and Rob Nicholson (39) set the platform with a fine 53 opening partnership.
From then on the scene was set for number three Gary Blackburn to put on a show in front of the large crowd with an expert 40 not out.
His two huge sixes over the side screen at the St George’s Road end put the icing on the cake on a night that belonged to the men from Galphay Road.
“I thought we completely dominated it,” said a delighted Walmsley after the game.
“Everything went to plan. The spinners did really well to put the pressure on. We had a game plan and it worked.
“The first thing was to win the toss which we did and stick them in.
“We bowled really tightly and our fielding was superb.
“We then gave Charlie Scatchard the licence to go out in reply to play his shots which he did and Pup (Rob Nicholson) supported.
“The running between the wickets too was fantastic.”
As for Bardsey the double may be out of their reach this year but it would be a brave man to back them losing the Division One title.