SPORTS SPARK CUP WIN

laycockElectricity Sports beat Billesdon by four wickets in a nail-biting Everards Junior Cup final.

Afterwards, the presentations were made in front of their imposing pavilion.

Billesdon won the toss and decided to bat in front of a sizeable and enthusiastic crowd for the showpiece occasion of a competition for sides who play outside the top three divisions of the Everards League.

Skipper Chris Elliott led the way with 38 not out, and Dan Snaith made 28 as Billesdon were all out for 164 in the last of their 40 overs.

Rain meant the Sports’ reply was cut to 38 overs and they chased a revised target of 155.

Elliott followed up his batting exploits by opening the bowling and taking 3-29.

The Billesdon spinners proved hard to get away, so the game was in the balance when Sports were 69-3.

But Tom Arnold (58) and Jamie Bolton (36) shared a vital fourth-wicket stand of 53.

Arnold was out with five wanted and another wicket fell two runs later, but Jack Savage off-drove a boundary with 12 deliveries left to seal the issue.

Sports’ acting captain Andy Laycock said: “It’s terrific. It got a bit tense, but the boys did fantastically well.”

Captain, Tony Pridmore, was unavailable to comment, as he was on holiday…. fine!

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