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Updated: Monday, August 26, 2013 23:54
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2013 Solly Sports Crowther Cup final Birstall v Woodlands at Ossett, Monday, August 26
Woodlands captain Steven Pearson receives the Solly Sports Crowther Cup from Philip Radcliffe
Pictures: © Mike Baker JCT600 Bradford League
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Final umpires
Final umpires Glyn Pearson and Jason Pitcher before the game
Phil Walker
Phil Walker receives the man of the match award from Philip Radcliffe
Pictures: © Mike Baker JCT600 Bradford League

Woodlands retained the Solly Sports Crowther Cup with a comfortable six-wicket win over Birstall at Ossett.

The holders had 24.4 overs to spare as they cruised past a disapopointing Birstall total of 114.

The Central Yorkshire League side, who had beaten newly-crowned JCT500 Bradford League Second teams Division One champions Morley in the semi-finals, lost their last nine wickets for 36 runs.

They failed to capitalise on the best innings of the match from Richard Sidle. The forceful opener made 55 from 72 balls with a six and eight fours.

He dominated the bowling but few would have predicted what would happen once he was caught by Nick Ward off the bowling of Elliot Richardson.

At 78-2 Birstall looked set to post a challenging score on a good wicket and fast outfield, but they lost their way.

Experienced off spinner Phil Walker, who was later chosen as man of the match by the umpires, and Richardson ripped out the middle order.

Walker returned the excellent figures of 10-5-21-4, while Richardson took 2-19 in his seven overs.

There were certainly no demons in the pitch, but the Birstall batsmen seemed to find ways of getting out.

Birstall knew they had to strike early if they were to have any chance of winning the game.

They received a double boost as they removed Cieran Garner and Tom Clee cheaply and when Walker departed woith the score on 36, Birstall had high hopes.

But Woodlands were in no mood to relinquish their grip on the cup. Richardson and opener Nicky Ward (25) shared a fourth-wicket stand of 46 before Jack Carter (25no) and Richardson (36no) saw their side to victory.

Woodlands team
The Woodlands team which won the Solly Sports Crowther Cup for the second successive year
Picture: © Mike Baker JCT600 Bradford League
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