Memories of the World Cup drama were recalled at Chichester Road on Sunday when the home side were faced with the prospect of defending 10 runs from the final over of the annual t20 competition. Appleby Frodingham, the defending champions, managed to score 9 and the game was tied.
Unfortunately, due to failing light, the large crowd were denied the thrilling prospect of a one over “shoot out”
with both captains deciding to share the trophy.
The day began with Appleby Frodingham defeating Beverley in the morning game which started in bright sunshine but rain threatening. The Scunthorpe side included South African brothers Leus and Ximus Du Plooy who batted together for the first time in competitive cricket and in front of their father who was visiting England. Only days earlier Leus had been playing for Derbyshire against Australia in a game where he scored 86. The partnership between the Du Plooy brothers took the game away from Beverley with Leus scoring a rapid 75 which went a long way to enabling the Scunthorpe team to reach 172-6 from their twenty overs.
Beverley were always behind the rate and lost wickets quickly as the Frodingham side illustrated their ability in the field and hung on to every catch offered. The last wicket fell with the score on 88 when the Frodingham Captain, Matt Fowler, took the catch of the day, plucking the ball out of the air one handed, as he leaped to catch the boundary bound shot.
The second game featured Wath upon Dearne and the host club Cleethorpes. Wath are members of the South Yorkshire Championship League and if the Meggies are relegated next week they would be league opponents next term. Wath batted first and despite making a bright start were soon pegged back by the youthful Meggies attack. Only a late flurry enabled them to reach 111-5 which appeared well within the reach of the home side.
The Cleethorpes reply was littered with stoppages as a series of showers interrupted proceedings and after one stoppage with Cleethorpes on 29-1 a revised target was set under the DLS method which was 62 from 10 overs. The Meggies coasted to this target winning by 7 wickets.
Owing to time lost the Final was reduced to 18 overs per side and Cleethorpes, who won the toss, elected to bat first. They managed to set a target of 123 thanks mainly to Louis Adlard who made a bright 34, and then proceeded to take early wickets when Frodingham replied.
Lee Charlton bowled the final over which produced three run outs, all at the bowlers end, as the defending champions tried to turn ones into two’s. A boundary was required from the final ball but the batsmen could only scamper three which left the game tied and the honours shared.
Photographs show the two captains (Bill Kirby and Matt Fowler after the presentation and the Cleethorpes side which played in the competition.