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Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy
Updated: Friday, September 16, 2016 8:14
2015 FINAL
The York team celebrate with the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy


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York won the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy for the second time as they eased to a convincing 80-run win over Pudsey St Lawrence at Sheriff Hutton Bridge.

Yorkshire batsman played a key part in their success with a fine innings of 105 which enabled his side to seize control of the game despite losing a wicket to the first ball of the game.

St Lawrence might have thought it was going to be their day when the prolific Duncan Snell was brilliantly caught down the legside by the diving Matthew Duce off the bowling of left-armer Charlie Parker.

Leaning and Liam McKendry were in no mood to surrender the advantage of batting first in perfect conditions. The large crowd, basking in the Autumn sunshine, saw the second-wicket pair play with good sense in a partnership of 99.

They appeared to be in no trouble at all until McKendry lofted a catch to Steve Watts off the bowling of spinner Chris Marsden for 45.

Leaning completed his half-century in partnership with Chris Booth who made 30 before being caught by Mark Robertshaw from the bowling of off spinner Steve Watts.

When Ryan McKendry was dismissed cheaply, St Lawrence looked to be clawing their way back into the game. But Leening and Tom Friend had other ideas.

The ferocious strokeplay of Friend left the St Lawrence bowlers shell shocked. He struck three sixes and nine fours as he raced to 73 from 37 balls, an innings which earned him the man of the match award.

Leaning, who struck two sixes and ten fours, in his 105,was happy to play second fiddle to Friend as the scoring rate soared.

Watts (3-70) removed both Leaning and Friend but by then the damage had been done, Parker (2-43) was the pick of the wilting St Lawrence bowlers.

Faced with a score of 288-6, St Lawrence needed a sound start but Adam Waite went early as a ball from Charlie Elliott hit him on the glove and was caught by Chris Booth for five.

Elliott followed up by removing Callam Goldthorp for one while Mark Robertshaw, so often the sheet anchor for the Saints departed for 28 when looking set.

With Matthew Duce and Barrie Frankland departing in quick succession the Bradford Premier League champions were deep in trouble at 82-5.

Skipper James Smith was in no mood to surrender tamely. He smashed four sixes and five fours in a determined innings of 64 and there was a late flurry from Parker (24) which pushed the score to 208 before York wrapped up their deserved win.

In a nice gesture from York's skipper Dan Woods, long-serving players Nick Kay and Alex Collins who were playing their last first team games for the club, were sent up to receive the trophy

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