Turk leads Wimbledon to T20 glory
Skipper Neil Turk led by example as Wimbledon defeated Northern by seven wickets to claim the ECB National Club T20 title at Edgbaston.
The Surrey Championship title-winners proved far too strong for their opponents from Merseyside, who were dismissed for just 90 after winning the toss.
Turk chipped in with 2-8 from four overs, building on Darren Hooey’s three-wicket haul, and then struck 30 at the top of the order to help Wimbledon to their modest target with 22 balls to spare.
Northern’s hopes of victory were undermined by a collapse that saw six batsmen fall for 19 runs for the the Liverpool & District Premier League team.
After Mark Walling had been bowled by Hooey, fellow opener Stephen Lucas was also cleaned up by the seamer to spark a flurry of wickets.
By the time Turk accounted for James Cole and Anthony Symondson in quick succession, Northern were reeling on 59 for seven and they were unable to recover.
Will Leith was another Wimbledon bowler to impress, with figures of 2-11.
Seb Franke-Matthecka fell cheaply in reply, but Turk shared 38 with Graham Grace to stave off any thoughts of a dramatic shift in fortunes.
Wimbledon’s captain holed out to long-on off Paul Park with 39 required and Gerry Penford was lbw to Tom Bailey before victory was secured, with Grace finishing unbeaten on 32.
Earlier in the day, Stephen Lucas and Walling struck half-centuries to help Northern defeat Chester-le-Street of the North East Premier League by 11 runs.
Lucas smashed 61 off 59 deliveries and Walling contributed a 37-ball 52 to an opening stand of 108 that set the foundation for their side to post a healthy 157 for four.
Chester-le-Street were never up with the run rate and, after Lancashire second XI bowler Bailey claimed two wickets and a run out in the 17th over, they were restricted to 146 for eight.
Franke-Matthecka took four wickets in as many overs as Wimbledon eased into the final with a 17-run win over Cuckney of the Nottinghamshire Premier League.
After slipping to 43 for two, Grace and Penford struck 68 and 61 not out in a third-wicket stand of 108 to lift Wimbledon to a commanding 161 for four.
Although Nick Langford struck a trio of fours and as many sixes in a 39-ball 55, Franke-Matthecka returned impressive figures of 4-19 to help dismiss Cuckney for 144.