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Burley nick dramatic cup final win
1:46pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in Sport
Underdogs Burley turned the tables on Division One leaders Beckwithshaw to win a low-scoring Waddilove Cup final.
Once again Knaresborough proved to be a lucky venue for them as they lifted the cup for the fourth time in 13 years despite being bowled out for just 87.
The way they hit back to win the game by 15 runs will no doubt be talked about for years to come.
Beckwithshaw’s star-studded batting line up which includes three of the top five in the Division One batting statistics, was rolled over for 72.
The hero for Burley was their gentle giant Nick Brook. He made 32 priceless runs in the context of this low-scoring game, and followed up with stunning bowling figures of 9-8-4-4.
One four was the only scoring shot from his bowling as he sent down 54 searching deliveries.
Batting first Burley lost opener Richard Brook in the second over, but recovered to 40-1 before Beckwithshaw took five quick wickets to reduce them to 54-6.
Among the victims was Nick Brook (32), who was the only one at that stage in double figures. Only 14 runs had been added.
Batting at seven, Danny Bryan managed to put together his second-highest innings of the season, 34, as Burley limped towards a total that looked inadequate.
Burley clearly didn’t think so. Nick Brook believed the match could be salvaged. He opened his nine-over spell with three maidens and the wicket of opener Ross Sedgley.
Shane Etherington removed the prolific John Inglis and then Brook took three more quick wickets as the league leaders collapsed to 18-5, Brook ending his spell with eight maidens and 4-4.
Ed Brown then took charge, bowling three maidens in five overs and taking 3-6 and, even though Stuart Hudson (18) briefly threatened to claw the game back for Beckwithshaw, Etherington (3-23) returned to the fray and clinched the unlikeliest of victories.
David Brook, who stepped down so that his son Harry could play, said: “This was a tremendous performance by the lads.
“Everybody was really thrilled and it was great to win the cup again. “It is a competition that has been good for us and long may that continue.”
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