Walkden Retain Twenty20 Cup

Forty Club Twenty20 Comp

After last year’s cancellation, Walkden returned to Worsley C.C defend their Twenty20 crown won two years earlier, against Moorside, St Georges and Harper Green schools. Walkden were drawn to play Moorside in the second semi-final. 

Walkden won the toss and decided to bat on what looked to be a good batting track. Openers Jack Evans and Tom Waring started steadily before Waring was caught for 1. This brought Dion Rothwell to the crease and a series of boundaries improved the run rate as Walkden reached 34-1 after the PowerPlay. Rothwell was then dismissed and Sutherland soon followed to leave Walkden at 35-3. With Evans batting well, the score passed 50 at the halfway mark. Ali’s wicket brought Jack Tattum to the wicket and he struck some mighty blows in a partnership of 43 between the pair. When Tattum was caught behind for 27, Evans continued to lead the innings as it passed 100. Evans was run out for 36 to leave Walkden at 105-7. The final four overs saw a crucial partnership between Tom Gaskill (13 not out) and Harry Morgan (18 not out) help Walkden to reach 136-7. 

The Moorside reply began with a flurry of boundaries as openers Higham and Ward dispatched the Walkden attack to all parts of the ground. Walkden made a crucial breakthrough when Evans dismissed Higham for 36 thanks to a great catch by Morgan. Ward now took over as the dominant batsman to help Moorside reach 79-1 after 11 overs. The innings then turned when Waring held on to a fantastic high catch to dismiss Ward for 33 off the bowling of Daniyal Ali. Moorside were reduced to 95-5 after tight bowling from Rothwell and Ali. A sixth-wicket partnership of 29 looked to have turned the game back to Moorside but when Tattum bowled Rollinson to leave the score on 123-7, 14 runs were needed off the 9 balls. Tattum finished with figures of 2-26, and Evans (2-21) cleaned up the tail to leave Moorside 9 runs short of their victory target. A great comeback from the Walkden bowlers set up a final against Harper Green, who had beaten St Georges by 136 runs in the earlier semi-final.

So, after a well-earned rest a chance to refuel, the scene was set for the final as Walkden won the toss and elected to bat once again. A new opening partnership of Tattum and Rothwell tried to maximise the PowerPlay but the experiment didn’t work as Rothwell was bowled for 4. This brought the two Jack’s: Evans and Tattum together again. Both looked in good form, finding the boundary at regular intervals against a strong bowling attack. When Tattum was caught for 14, it left Walkden on 48-2 at the end of the PowerPlay. Evans soon followed but Tom Waring batted with purpose, hitting four 4’s in an innings of 24 before being stumped. After Ali was bowled, Walkden were left on 77-5 with six overs left. Once again, the final overs brought about a productive partnership as Mason Sutherland (15 not out) and Gaskill (20 not out) took Walkden to a competitive total of 122-5. 

Needing 123 for victory, Harper Green set about their victory target with openers Capstick and Thomas looking for early boundaries. Tattum made an early breakthrough when Thomas was caught by Ali for 6, which brought Bohannon to the wicket. Harper Green raced to 32-1 from 4 overs, but Capstick was then run out for 25 thanks to great work by Ali. Tattum then took a sharp caught and bowled chance to dismiss Morris and leave Harper Green 55-3. Rothwell (4-19) and Ali (2-23) bowled well together in the middle overs and the pair shared 6 wickets to leave Harper Green in trouble at 91-9. With Bohannon still at the crease, the game wasn’t over as the overs ticked by, the runs required got fewer and fewer. Needing 18 off the last two overs, Bohannon smashed 11 off the penultimate over to leave Harper Green requiring 7 off the last over. The tension in the pavilion was unbearable, and it was left to Tom Wright to bowl the last over. 1 run off the first four balls left the equation 6 needed off 2 balls. Bohannon scampered 2 to leave his victory target at 4 from the last ball. Wright bowled superbly and the young batsman could only find the fielder on the boundary. Walkden had hung on to win by 1 run! Cue the celebrations from a relieved and delighted Walkden side!!!

Mr A. Tobutt

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Back Row: Mason Sutherland , Ashley Parker, Jack Evans, Jack Tattum, Dion Rothwell, Luke Preston 
Front Row: Daniyal Ali, Tom Wright, Harry Morgan, Tom Waring, Tom Gaskill

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The victorious team with the Surridge Twenty20 Cup and Harry Morgan with his Man of the Match award from the Semi-Final vs Moorside

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