Super Sunday brought double delight for Yorkshire’s disability stars as the Tykes and Terriers both secured silverware.
The county’s D40 Tykes side beat Shropshire by 14 runs at Higham CC in Barnsley to secure the Pursuit North Division title, ensuring a shot at promotion next month.
They head through to play Middlesex seconds in a play-off tie at Collingham on September 18, with the winner securing promotion to the national D40 Quest League which includes teams such as Hampshire, Lancashire and Surrey.
Over at Treeton in Rotherham, the S9 Terriers hammered North Wales by 86 runs to claim the title of regional champions having already finished top of the North Division after the regular season.
Liam Savage and Jake Shepherdson were the two standout performers across the two sides.
For the Tykes, against Shropshire, Savage led a number of key performances with 28 down the order and then a superb 4-41 from eight overs with the ball.
Having been inserted at Higham, Yorkshire were bowled out for 193 inside 36 overs, with captain and opener Gordon Laidlaw making 56 off 49 balls, supplemented by Cameron Sweeney’s 54 off 42 from number four.
Savage hit four fours in what proved to be a crucial 20-ball innings down the order to push the county up from 146-8 towards 200 after Shaun Rigby’s brilliant 5-18 for Shropshire.
Captain Rigby was the day’s outstanding performer, as he hit 63 off 51 balls from number three. And at 112-3 with him still there, Yorkshire had plenty of work to do.
But he was bowled by Owen Morris before Savage claimed his four wickets, leaving Shropshire stranded on 170-9 after 40 overs and ensuring a promotion clash with Middlesex seconds was inked into the diary in just under a month’s time.
At Treeton, the S9 Terriers had a more comfortable passage to silverware, riding on the back of another superb all-round contribution – this time from Shepherdson.
Yorkshire, having been inserted, posted an imposing 210-5 from 30 overs.
It was an innings built around Shepherdson’s 50 retired not out, him sharing partnerships of 98 with captain Alistair Domville (42) and 64 with Jamie Dillon (32).
In reply, North Wales slumped to 11-4 before a recovery at least added respectability to proceedings at 124 all out inside 22 overs. Shepherdson returned 2-12 and Luke Messenger 1-27.