Tri­umphant T20 for Hawk Green

Stockport Express - - Sport - JOHN RICHARDS

ON a day where the weather was kind and the sun shone, the Der­byshire and Cheshire League held their T20 Off­side Trust Fi­nals day at Dint­ing cricket club.

The fi­nal­ists were Dint­ing, Hay­field, Mot­tram and Hawk Green. The open­ing semi-fi­nal was be­tween Dint­ing and Hay­field, with Hay­field crossing the win­ning line in the 20th over.

The se­cond semi-fi­nal be­tween the two league lead­ers proved to be equally ex­cit­ing. Mot­tram bat­ted first and af­ter an ex­cel­lent start from their top three bats­men were 91-1 at the half­way stage.

But the Greens bowlers stuck to their task and reeled the bats­men in and the in­nings fi­nally closed on 140-8.

The Green made hard work of chas­ing the to­tal down but even­tu­ally scored the win­ning run off the fi­nal ball of the al­lot­ted 20 overs.

The fi­nal be­tween Hay­field and Hawk Green started very badly for the Green as their open­ers Josh Hamp­son and Jordan Hen­der­son were both dis­missed for 1, 9-2. Peter Richards, 22, and Jack Need­ham, 13, slowly started to re­pair the dam­age and at the half­way stage the score was 71-4 with Ben Lit­tler and skip­per Josh Hamp­son at the crease and the Green were look­ing at a to­tal of pos­si­bly 140.

But Hay­field’s cap­tain made an er­ror in judge­ment when he bowled his first four bowlers out and had to find a sixth, which en­abled Unsworth and Lit­tler to take the to­tal to a com­pet­i­tive 176-5 with the for­mer clos­ing on an ex­cel­lent 48 from 27 balls, and Lit­tler on a mag­nif­i­cent 68 from 52.

Hay­field lost their first three wick­ets with just 18 runs on the board but for a short while their Aussie, Liam Ward-Arm­strong gave them a lit­tle hope in part­ner­ship with Dave Aldridge.

How­ever, once Aldridge was re­moved, bowled Jordan Hen­der­son, the re­main­ing bats­men gave Ward-Arm­strong no sup­port at all and he was fi­nally out for 36 with the score on 82-7.

The in­nings closed on 88, a fine vic­tory for the Green in this in­au­gu­ral com­pe­ti­tion.

An event very well sup­ported and at the pre­sen­ta­tion Chris Unsworth from the Off­side Trust pre­sented the tro­phy to Hawk Green skip­per Unsworth.

Hawk Green’s T20 fi­nal win­ning team

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