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No-ball drama decides Feversham Cup final
2:47pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Sport
IN an extraordinary climax to the Countess of Feversham Cup final, host club Gillamoor defeated Duncombe Park by one wicket off the very last ball – courtesy of a no-ball.
Star of the show Paul Strickland and his captain, Alan Wass, a genuine number 11 these days, arrived at the last over with six runs required for victory – and it proved to be a nightmare over for Park.
Not only could they not shift the obdurate Wass, but Jonathan Leckenby fell into a bed of nettles when somehow denying Strickland a four – only for four runs to come as a result of overthrows.
Then, with the scores level and one ball remaining, up came the decisive no-ball.
Feversham League chairman David Westhead duly presented the league individual plaques to Gillamoor, the Countess of Feversham Cup to their captain, Wass, and the man-of-the-match trophy to Strickland.
It all left Duncombe star Brian Leckenby still waiting to win this particular cup final, now after eight attempts.
The start of the 20-over contest had been delayed by 25 minutes owing to a shower – which at least allowed one of the umpires, having been held up by cow on one of the narrow roads to the ground, to arrive before play got underway.
Duncombe Park batted first, and the in-form Brian Leckenby and partner Connor Campbell played good aggressive cricket before the latter was bowled by Mike Wearmouth (2-22) for a well-executed 28.
Gillamoor were in a generous mood in the field, dropping master batsman Leckenby twice and contriving to throw the ball backwards instead of forwards to waste a run-out chance. Leckenby’s luck eventually evaporated as Will Watson caught him off Matt Durrant (1-19) for 57, Park ending on a respectable 104-5.
Gillamoor made a stuttering start to their reply, losing four cheap wickets early on, with Peter Kent (2-10) a model of accuracy and Jonathan Leckenby (3-19), plus a run-out, accounting for others.
Nick Thornicroft engineered a recovery, making batting look easy until, after having successfully scooped a ball over the wicketkeeper’s head, he tried it again and failed rather embarrassingly, bowled by Jonathan Leckenby for 23.
Tom Munday then fell to Leckenby’s next ball, and when Alec Medd was caught by a delighted Brian Leckenby for one off Adam Leckenby, a win for Park appeared to be a mere formality.
However, Durrant and Paul Strickland didn’t share such pessimism.
Having already crashed a six, Durrant embarked on a mission to bring his side eventual glory, before holing out to Kent off Adam Leckenby for 23.
Adam Durrant then departed for a duck, caught John Higgs bowled Adam Leckenby (3-27), but Strickland carried on where Matt Durrant had left off to set up the grand finale.
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