Beckwithshaw crumble in Waddilove Cup final

Beckwithshaw's Ben Quick
Beckwithshaw's Ben Quick

Beckwithshaw CC crashed to defeat in the Aire-Wharfe Waddilove Cup final as they failed to chase down Burley’s measly 87 all out.

‘Shaw were in confident spirit at the tea interval having bowled expertly to remove their West Yorkshire rivals.

But their joy soon turned to agony after a dismal display with bat left them 15 runs short.

Burley chose to bat at Knaresborough’s Aspin Lane ground despite breezy, cloudy conditions conducive to bowling.

‘Shaw, seeking their second Waddilove Cup triumph after their first in 2009, started bowling with the excellent strike partnership of Alex Lilley and Istikhar Hussain.

Hussain struck first as he trapped Richard Brook leg before with the score on seven as the new ball nibbled around.

Burley batsman Nick Brook led their innings with a powerful 32. But when he fell to third change Oli Hotchkiss, his side’s innings crumbled.

Lilley (1-12), Stuart Hudson (2-9) and Hotchkiss (3-12) bowled tight lines to restrict provided the ‘Shaw run squeeze as the Burley batsmen looked uncomfortable at the crease.

A short flurry of rain disrupted play at 76-7, but within 20 minutes, both sides were back out in the middle.

And on the first ball of the restart, Hussain (3-16) sent Neil Davies’ stumps flying.

Yasar Ali (1-28) then returned to the attack to wrap up the innings as Burley’s Andy Peel drove straight to John Inglis at cover.

Smiles occupied the ‘Shaw fielders as they headed for their sandwiches with one hand planted on the trophy.

But their grip soon started slipping.

Ross Sedgeley was given out LBW with the score on three, before Inglis followed, losing his leg stump to Burley quick Shane Etherington four runs later.

Nick Brook matched his impressive batting as he bowled superbly uphill.

The medium pacer tied up his end and from nine overs removed four victims for a solitary four.

Sedgeley (1), Ali (5), Hussain (0), and Sam Moore (5) all fell to the burly Burley bowler.

‘Shaw captain Ben Quick attempted to steady the sinking ship but Ed Brown arrived into the attack and found his edge with his first ball.

Lilley then followed as he missed a full straight full toss from Brown before Rob Ellis also saw his bails removed by the bowler to leave ‘Shaw 39-8.

‘Shaw’s hopes of success relied on Hudson (18no), and after being dropped at long off, he dragged his side to 66-8 .

But Hotchkiss was bowled for five leaving number Chris Wademan with Hudson to try and hit 22 for the 10th wicket.

They managed just six. Wademan the last man to go with the score on 72, tickling Etherington behind to send the Burley players into raptures.

The victory secured Burley’s ninth Waddilove Cup success as ‘Shaw’s dream of doubling the league and the cup was shattered.