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Gillamoor’s first outright championship win for 30 years
2:41pm Wednesday 7th August 2013 in Sport
GILLAMOOR have won the Feversham League outright for the first time since 1983.
Confirmation of Gillamoor’s success, the first since they shared the trophy with Harome in 1996, was achieved in bizarre and muted circumstances at Spout House.
The home side began their innings on a lovely balmy evening, and soon had 36 on the board in six overs, but then the heavens opened with little warning and a torrential downpour put paid to any further action.
The point confirmed Gillamoor as champions with two games to spare.
For the hosts, Paul Donaldson made 20 not out and Charlie Allott 17 not out, including a big six.
Gillamoor had previously enjoyed a comfortable eight-wicket success over High Farndale.
Kevin Wilson, back playing for Farndale, was his side’s top scorer with a vigorous 24 before being caught by the wicketkeeper. Mark Fairweather’s 16 was also important as High Farndale, after 18 overs, closed on 71-8. The consistent Alec Medd took 3-19 runs, and Mike Weirmouth enjoyed figures of 2-4.
Gillamoor’s strong batting line-up was never seriously troubled as Ian Smith (26), John Lumley (21) and Mark Haines (23no), inset, took them to victory in the 13th over.
Despite the threat of thunderstorms around Slingsby, the villagers managed to squeeze in their home fixture with High Farndale by reducing play to 14 overs a side.
Slingsby’s batsmen took advantage of non-threatening bowling as Geoff Schofield (66), Nick Schofield (31), S Megginson (28no) and Tom Harrison (20no) motored along at 12 per over, posting a mammoth 168-4.
That total was clearly beyond nine-man Farndale, and the Slingsby captain therefore gave nine of his team an opportunity to bowl.
Shaun Dowson, in only his second game of the season for High Farndale, made 50, with supporting contributions from Stuart Dowson (11) and P Dowsland (10), taking them to 85-7. Nick Schofield and John Hatfield gained flattering figures of 3-4 and 2-0 respectively.
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