A gloriously sunny day at Elsecar made way for the Black Sheep Trophy final between Central Yorkshire League side Methley and the Yorkshire Academy. Methley won the toss and elected to bat.
Methley began well with openers Foster (49) and M Walmsley (30) knocking 84 before losing two consecutive wickets.
Bullingham (34) and Broadbent put on a partnership of 58 when they both fell to bowler Firn (2/44). This was beginning to be the story of the innings with wickets falling in pairs.
Logan claimed another two wickets reducing Methley to 159 for 6 with figures of three for 32. S Raz and C Younes pushed forward to 196 when Waite (3-51) took three wickets within his returning over including his brother’s, B Waite.
Younes (34*) and Clegg put on a great final wicket partnership of 24, finishing on 220 for 9.
The Academy came out fighting and racked up 48 runs before Gibson (37) was caught at point. Mosun Hussain continued this good form. Callis and Hussain created a partnership of 112, both securing 50 runs, before Callis was dismissed.
Methley’s Bashir (3-47) took the captain shortly after, reducing the Academy to 166 for three. Thompson and Hussain took the away side to within 15 runs of the target when Thompson (21) was dismissed by Bashir.
Firn and Hussain made the nerves come out, needing 6 runs off 6 balls. Hussain (82*) took the final cheeky single to bring home another victory.
A roller-coaster of a season has ended with the two most exciting weekends, winning both the league Cup and the Trophy today. I have never been prouder of the Academy. Bring on next season!