Mal­ton see off Stax­ton to seal Hospi­tal Cup suc­cess

The Scarborough News - - SPORTS CRICKET FINALS SPOTLIGHT -

Mal­ton &Old Mal­ton eased to an eight-wicket win over Stax­ton in the fi­nal of the Hospi­tal Cup at North Marine Road, with Mike Linsley the star man as the York League side won the preti­gious tro­phy for the sec­ond time in three years.

Stax­ton won the toss and elected to bat and de­spite los­ing an early wicket, brothers Rob and Jack Pin­der started brightly, putting 60 on for the sec­ond wicket.

Jack fell for a bright 33, be­com­ing Linsley’s first wicket in the 10th over.

Chris Dove then added 30 off 24 balls be­fore be­ing caught at long on.

Linsley, along with fel­low spin­ner Har­ri­son Wood had changed the game and re­stricted the scor­ing rate.

Wood claimed an im­pres­sive 2-24 from his five overs and Linsley fin­ished with 2-42.

Rob Pin­der was los­ing part­ners and also holed out for a well com­piled 51 from 47 balls.

Mo­men­tum was lost and the last five overs saw Stax­ton only score a fur­ther 25 runs to fin­ish on 135-6, with most ob­servers be­liev­ing this was around 20 runs un­der par on a good bat­ting track at North Marine Road.

Matty Turn­bull opened up for Mal­ton along­side Linsley and both started well.

Turn­bull reached 20 be­fore be­ing well caught at mid­wicket by Rob Pin­der off the bowl­ing of Lin­den Gray, who claimed 1-19.

Tom Bumby soon fol­lowed, run out for just three af­ter good work in the deep by Kyle Outhart.

Wick­et­keeper-bats­man Ben Gill joined Linsley and both play­ers cou­pled smart run­ning with latch­ing onto any­thing short or loose.

Linsley passed 50 and with Gill in de­ter­mined mood, Mal­ton were eas­ing home.

Linsley sealed a su­perb in­di­vid­ual per­for­mance by fin­ish­ing un­beaten with a sub­lime 69no, in­clud­ing five fours and two sixes, with Gill adding a well crafted 32 not out off 26 balls as they got home with 13 balls to spare.

Mal­ton skip­per Bumby re­ceived the tro­phy be­fore a cheque for £1,000 was handed to Scar­bor­ough Hospi­tal.

Pic­tures by Si­mon Dob­son

Mal­ton & Old Mal­ton line up be­fore beat­ing Stax­ton in the fi­nal of the Hospi­tal Cup at North Marine Road

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