Defeat for Duncombe Park in Countess of Feversham Cup semi-final

Defeat for Duncombe Park in Countess of Feversham Cup semi-final

Defeat for Duncombe Park in Countess of Feversham Cup semi-final

First published in Sport

DUNCOMBE PARK suffered a 10-wicket defeat at Ampleforth in the Countess of Feversham Cup semi-final - their bowlers under-performing.

The tie had begun well for Park. Jonathon Leckenby, seeking to dominate from the off, was more effervescent than his 65-year-old opening partner, the evergreen Stuart Craven, as he clubbed his way to 48 in a partnership of 80.

Thereafter Craven, making one of his spasmodic and hitherto generally unsuccessful appearances for Park, then took control, recapturing past glories by hitting three sixes and six fours in an undefeated 64 - Park closing on 133-5 after their 18 overs. James Skelton took 2-24.

But their hopes of reaching the final quickly evaporated. Despite trying six bowlers, Park had no idea how to dismiss Ampleforth’s opening pair of Mark Wilkie and Lyle Hillier.

Piercing the field at will, Wilkie hit four sixes and eight fours in racing to 88 not out and Hillier smote eight fours to confirm victory after only 13.2 overs.

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