Wetherby League: Prosser spins a web of destruction as Barwick-in-Elmet retain Fred Fleetwood Cup

Fred Fleetwood Cup winners Barwick-in-Elmet

Fred Fleetwood Cup winners Barwick-in-Elmet

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Australian all-rounder Matt Prosser took the man of the match award as Barwick-in-Elmet produced a dominant performance to retain the Fred Fleetwood Cup on Sunday.

Barwick were right on top from the second ball of the match in beating Division Two outfit Rufforth by eight wickets.

Prosser spun a web around the Rufforth batsmen as he took five wickets before racing to 37 in the response.

A large crowd of spectators attended Church Fenton’s ground for the final. But latecomers missed out on much of the action, as Rufforth lost both openers within the first three overs for ducks.

Andy Styan backed up captain Gary Bettison’s decision to bowl first as he castled Cameron Sanderson with the second ball of the match.

Jack Doyle then nicked off to Bettison at second slip to leave Rufforth in further trouble. However, Chris Green’s enterprising 40-ball knock of 56 gave the minnows something to cheer.

Rufforth batsman Dave Green (Photo: Caught Light Photography)

Rufforth batsman Dave Green (Photo: Caught Light Photography)

The introduction of Prosser saw the wickets tumble around Green as Rufforth struggled to cope with the turning ball. The Aussie then took the prize wicket of Green with a rip-snorter of a googly to bowl Rufforth’s top man.

Styan returned to the attack to finish off the innings on just 90, to finish with figures of 3-26.

Barwick were never troubled in their reply as Prosser and Nick Swales (25no) put on 71 for the opening wicket.

Sanderson nibbled the ball around in a six-over spell, and he finally ended Prosser’s stay at the crease when Dan Gunnell clung on to a magnificent diving catch at point.

Rufforth's Jim Ledgeway (Photo: Caught Light Photography)

Rufforth's Jim Ledgeway (Photo: Caught Light Photography)

Green then bowled Chris Harrison for one with the score on 72. That allowed Barwick captain Gary Bettison to come to the crease, and he took his side to the title with three boundaries.

Rufforth's Chris Green (Photo: Caught Light Photography)

Rufforth's Chris Green (Photo: Caught Light Photography)

Barwick-in-Elmet's Nick Swales Rufforth's Jim Ledgeway (Photo: Caught Light Photography)

Barwick-in-Elmet's Nick Swales Rufforth's Jim Ledgeway (Photo: Caught Light Photography)