Harrogate Evening League: Sedgley leads Beckwithshaw to Addison Cup glory

NADV 14063011AM Beckwithshaw CC. (1406311AM)
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Wicket-keeper Ross Sedgley played a captain’s innings as Beckwithshaw retained the Addison Cup at their home ground on Monday evening.

‘Shaw proved eight wickets too strong for Pannal, after Sedgley’s fine unbeaten half-century chased down a modest target of 122.

After winning the toss, Pannal captain John Strover chose to bat on a perfect track at Beckwithshaw’s Killinghall Road ground.

Much of their hope rested on former ‘Shaw player Rob Ellis, who has smashed 478 Evening League runs this season at an average of 239.

But the opener failed to find the boundary in a 27-ball innings, and he finally fell for 15 to young spin bowler Tom Stark after holing out. Fellow opener Andy Ellis (16) was already in the hut after mistiming a reverse-sweep and being trapped LBW.

Pannal’s slow scoring was the focus of the opening 10 overs, as Shaw bowlers Stu Hudson (1-19), Harry Lister (2-25) and Stu Thompson (1-17) tied the scoring to 47-3.

Captain Strover’s 22 and Andy Johnson’s 27, including a huge six into the neighbouring field, rose Pannal’s scoring up to eight-an-over in the second half of the innings as the visitors finished on 122-6 from their 20 overs.

Beckwithshaw, with Sedgley in sublime form, never looked in trouble in their chase, despite losing Hudson for six when he was trapped leg before by Chris Henry.

Number three Sam Moore (14) then smacked two fours before he was tremendously caught and bowled by Graham Fish.

The two dismissals were all Pannal would get, as Sedgley began to tear the bowling attack apart.

His total of 64 not out included nine boundaries and he only gave Pannal one chance with the score on 52. But the stinging opportunity would have been a heroic claim at mid-wicket.

Number four Miles Buller also found the boundary with regularity as he scored an unbeaten 32 to cement the triumph. Sedgley earned the man of the match.

He said: “I knew the pressure was on to get the win but it is brilliant.

“It was a great team performance. The club is on a high, which has proven why we have been successful.”