Burythorpe overwhelm Ampleforth in Feversham Cup final

Burythorpe overwhelm Ampleforth in Feversham Cup final

Burythorpe overwhelm Ampleforth in Feversham Cup final

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IN what must be the most one-sided final in in the Countess of Feversham Cup's 40-year history, Burythorpe overwhelmed Ampleforth by a massive 151 runs.

Playing at Gillamoor's ground, runaway Ryedale Beckett League division two champions Burythorpe lived up to their billing as huge favourites to take the trophy by amassing a mammoth 179-3 in 20 overs.

Man-of-the-match Jack Bolam hit 59 not out, Andy Milner 50 not out and Danny Harper 47, doing very much as they pleased with the Ampleforth bowling.

Suffering from fielding fatigue, Ampleforth's innings collapsed in alarming fashion. They fell to 3-3 with their best batsmen back in the pavilion, and, with Matt Beckett's 5-6 supported by Adam Sutcliffe's 2-5, they staggered to 28 all out in 9.4, J Thrower top-scoring with nine.

Meanwhile, Slingsby will meet table-toppers Gillamoor in the final of the Feversham League's so-called "top-four" competition.

Slingsy had finished bottom of the league - which now has only four teams - but beat runners-up High Farndale in the semi-final of the end-of-season competition at Gillamoor.

Gills, meanwhile, saw off Spout House in the other semi-final played at Slingsby.

Slingsby batted first against High Farndale and were transformed from their abject performance in the Supplementary Cup, helped by having a stronger side.

Alex Machen and Dave Watson (13) set the tempo of the innings, putting on 33 for the first wicket. Man-of-the-match Machen (44) and Matt Frazer (40 not out) were then in swashbuckling mood as Slingsby, with seven sixes to their credit, closed on a very impressive 110-4. James Blacklock took 2-33.

Faced with a having to maintain a scoring rate of almost eight an over, High Farndale's chances of success plummeted to zero once they lost early wickets to find themselves on 37-4 at the half-way stage.

Shawn Dowson did his best to delay the inevitable with a valiant 25, but there was a desperate lack of big hitting, just one six in the innings, and they ended on 67-8. There were two wickets apiece for Ben Corner, Frazer Land and S Newton.

Gillamoor compiled a more than useful 92-4 in 14 overs against Sout House.

John Lumley (22) and C Campbell (11), both run out, made worthy contributions, but the significant innings came from Joe Lush (38no).

In reply, Spout House tried manfully to achieve victory, none more so than Barry Wheldon (25) and Dan Medd (16), but the required run-rate proved beyond them, and they ended up 15 runs short at 78-5. Man-of- the-match Lush took 2-16.

The 24 overs a side final will be at Duncombe Park's ground on Sunday, September 7, wickets pitched at 11am.

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