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Feversham League’s semi-final surprises
8:10am Wednesday 14th August 2013 in Sport
THE formbook was turned upside down in the Feversham League’s top-four play-offs.
Gillamoor took on Slingsby at Wombleton, and Duncombe Park faced Spout House at Slingsby with Gills and Duncombe expected to go through to the final – only for Slingsby to win by 29 runs, and Spout House by nine wickets.
At Wombleton, Slingsby batted first and were given a blistering start by Tom Harrison (49) and Frazer Land (15), who put on 66 for the first wicket. Man-ofthe- match Harrison was in scintillating form and it was a surprise when Gillamoor managed to dismiss him.
Slingsby could not maintain that run-rate but A Frank made sure Harrison’s work wasn’t wasted by carting to big sixes to leg, losing one ball in the process into a nearby garden, in his 21.
Matt Durrant, with superb figures of 6-33 and Alec Medd, who took 4- 24, got Gillamoor back into the match, but total of 114 all out in 17.5 overs presented a formidable challenge.
Gillamoor’s prospects were dimmed by the early dismissal of talisman Mark Haines, caught and bowled by Nick Schofield.
Ian Smith again relished the role of trying to glue the innings together but he received scant support, and once he was dismissed for 32, Gills, despite 14 not out from young Liam Allenby, subsided to 85-9.
At Slingsby, Duncombe Park batted solidly to reach 106-7 in 18 overs. Jonathan Leckenby (34) and Brian Leckenby (27) did the bulk of the scoring, while Dan Smith recorded 3-20.
Spout House’s batting this season has lacked consistency, but on this occasion they romped to a nine-wicket win.
Charlie Allott tore into the Park bowling with energy, emerging with an undefeated 61 to earn him the man-of-the-match trophy. Scott Plowman (19) and Dan Medd (22 not out) also did well.
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