KIRKBYMOORSIDE 2nds are eyeing a trophy double as they gear up for the Welford Cup final next Wednesday as division ‘B’ leaders in the Derwent Valley League.
This cup is contested by the teams in division ‘B’ and the Moorsiders, with five wins and one draw in six league games, will start as favourites against Sherburn 2nds in the final at Ebberston.
Kirkby are ably captained by Jamie Harper who may play a big all-round role in the game.
Sherburn 2nds, however, have lost only once this term themselves and in the past have sprung surprises in cup finals. They are skippered by top batsman Lee Jack.
Kirkbymoorside 2nds reached the final by beating Flixton 3rds and 2013 finalists Wold Newton 2nds, while Sherburn 2nds saw off Bridlington 3rds, Snainton and Nawton Grange 2nds.
The umpires for the final are Mike Brodie and Les Johnson.
Kirkby had no league game on Saturday and saw their lead at the summit cut as high-flying rivals Wold Newton 2nds beat Nawton Grange 2nds.
Tim Lazenby hit 65 not out to take Newton to an eight-wicket victory.
James Ward also made 46 as they reached their target of 146, in which Nathan Marwood made 41.
Flixton 3rds also stayed in the mix after a 100-run win over struggling Snainton.
Steven Hill hit 62 and Ian Ditchburn 63 not out as Flixton made 232. John Sowden then took 4-14 as Snainton were all out for 132, Michael Webster unbeaten on 32no.
In division ‘A’, title-chasing Great Habton, not in action, fell further behind leaders Flamborough as the coastal side hammered Lockton.
Luke Dixon top-scored with 49 as Flamborough made 188-6 and then took 3-12 as Lockton were bowled out for 69. The hosts saved some face at least, having been 11-5 at one stage.
Nathan Stabler claimed 7-54 but his Sewerby 3rds side were then all out for 52 in losing to visitors Forge Valley 3rds, for whom Philip Lee took 5-30.
Cayton 3rds blew the chance to increase their lead at the top of division ‘C’ as they crashed at home to bottom club Ganton 2nds.
Danny Farrer took 4-9 as Cayton were skittled for 39, with Ganton reaching their target despite losing five wickets, including 3-12 runs to Ben Tolliday.
The next two in the table, Muston 2nds and Scalby 3rds, saw their games called off due to wet pitches.
Toby Wrightson hit 52 and Ben Norman took 5-20 as Wykeham 3rds beat Ravenscar 2nds.