Woodhouse Grange seal a hat-trick of trophies

Steve Burdett

Steve Burdett

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Woodhouse Grange added a third trophy to their 2014 cabinet as they bagged the Minster Engineering Senior Charity cup, against Easingwold, writes Matthew Graves.

Grange beat Easingwold by 35 runs to add another trophy to their list of the Sawkill cup and the Junior Charity cup, this year.

Batting first on a warm evening, runs from Chris Bilton (34), Chris Suddaby (27) and Mike Hattee (21) helped Woodhouse to 135-6 from their 16 overs.

Another mature addition to the Grange scoreboard was 15 not out courtesy of 15-year-old Tom Stubley, who made his second appearance for the first team in the win.

However, the restrictions of Easingwold's key bowlers Stephen Piercy, who took 2-25, and Paul Sidbeck, who received figures of 2-41 held the Senior League leaders to a below-par score of 135-6.

Then, a game-changing 3-6 from Steve Burdett all-but sealed the victory for the National Village cup semi-finalists as tight, clinical bowling slumped Easingwold to 13-4 from six overs.

Josh Jackson's wicket also hyped the pressure onto Easingwold, who fought fondly against the wrath of Burdett and co.

Wickets then fell more gradually for Easingwold with the blood on the hands of Chris Suddaby (2-0), Andrew Horner (2-30) and Tom Young (2-32).

Hard-fought runs from Martin Piercy (22), Luke Ramsay (21) and Mark Mierzwinski (20) helped Easingwold recover to a more respectable 100 all out from 15.2 overs, falling short of their target, handing the Junior Charity cup champions the Senior Charity cup.

Man of the match Burdett said: "I think Woodhouse is the only club to have won both [the Senior and Junior Charity cups] in the same season.

We're a competitive club and that's what we're about."

On his own performance, Burdett said: "We know the vast majority of the [Easingwold] lads and know the strengths of the individual players.

In tight matches you just have to bowl wicket to wicket and hope for the best.

A combination of the low scoreboard, tight bowling and pressure sent the game our way against a very strong team."

Stubley's solid performance in the victory has led to assurances over his long-term future in the first XI after just two appearances.

Skipper Burdett said "He's one of the best up and coming youngsters I've seen in my time.

He's in the same calibre as Chris Bilton and Tom Young.

He's a Team GB ice hockey player and he is committed to that, but he definitely has the option to play in the first team for us for a long time."

While some of the team may have wandering thoughts towards a potential trip to Lord's, the Woodhouse Grange club secretary, Dave Farmer, is keeping their feet firmly on the ground as he said: "The biggest tournament at the club is the league championship because it's a test of a said over a full season.

We will always prioritise the league over any cup run."

After yet another fantastic performance from the excelling Grange, we really start to wonder whether the National Village Cup trophy may be heading to East Yorkshire for a third time.

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