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Yorkshire win cup in style

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A partnership of 80 between Dylan Budge and Callum Goldthorpe formed the foundations for Yorkshire to beat Surrey in the final of the ECB U14 County Cup.

The final was played at Oakham School on Wednesday August 18, and an overcast day with brief spells of sunshine play was uninterrupted until well into the second innings of the match. Despite a poor weather forecast the match was completed without any overs being lost.

Yorkshire won the toss and batted first. Two early wickets saw Yorkshire at 39 for two, which brought Budge (61) to the crease to join Goldthorp (55). The pair added an impressive 80 before Goldthorp departed. This gave a good solid basis to the innings and, with the score at 191 for four, Yorkshire were well placed to add some vital impetus to the end of their knock.

Then the good work was partly wasted as four wickets fell and only another 31 runs were added as the innings closed on 222 for eight.

Surrey were never able to keep up with the required rate and from 64 for one started losing wickets at regular intervals, which further hindered their run chase.

At 142 for five they were well behind the clock and an attempt to increase the scoring resulted in three quick wickets falling to make the score 147 for eight.

The Surrey innings eventually closed on 183 for eight and Yorkshire won the Stan Clayton Cup by 39 runs. Clayton, a past stalwart of YSCA and ESCA, will be looking down from above with sheer delight that his beloved county has lifted the trophy named in his memory.

Hampshire batted first in the Third Place Play-off match against Shropshire after winning the toss. At one stage they were in disarray at 67 for seven, but a stirring innings from Justin Parvess (55) with support from tail-enders Mohammed Abdurahman (11) and Lawrence Reeve (16 not out) saw Hampshire recover to 159 all out in 42.3 overs.

The pick of the Shropshire bowlers was skipper Edward Barnard who took 5-20 as he blasted out the Hampshire top order. Shropshire’s innings started well as Joe Clarke (22) and Joseph Carrasco (30) set them on their way but a collapse followed as only William Cook (12) from the next six batsmen reached double figures.

Tim Dean (25) then made a few Hampshire hearts flutter as his innings brought Shropshire closer to the target but without any substantial support from the rest of the tail his side fell 21 runs of the Hampshire score.