John Sadler says Hoylandswaine are “buzzing” after landing the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy for the Drakes League.
The respected 31-year-old captained his team to a 35-run win over York Senior League side Woodhouse Grange at Wrenthorpe to complete a hat trick of trophies this season.
Having already landed the Sykes Cup and T20 Trophy, Swaine totalled 211-9 before bowling out their opposition for 176.
Michael Cranmer starred with the bat, scoring 71 not out, while Ryan Robinson had both runs and wickets and Ben Potter finished off the final with a four-wicket haul.
“It was a terrific team performance and great to be a part of – superb,” said Sadler.
“If we could have won only one trophy this season then we would have picked the Black Sheep, purely because you have to win another competition (your own league) simply to get into it.
“The prestige is so much higher because of that and it’s really pleasing to be Yorkshire champions for all the people at Hoylandswaine who put so much time and effort into the club.
“The place was buzzing after the final, which was great, and it was a brilliant way to round off what’s become a really good season after a very slow start.”
Sadler admitted both sides found it hard to pile up runs in the showpiece. Swaine were 84-4 at the half-way stage while Woodhouse Grange were 82-5.
“We won the toss and batted, but it was a tough wicket, a lot slower than we thought and had hoped for,” he explained.
“The Woodhouse bowlers bowled a good line and length and made it tough for us. There was no pace in the wicket and we quickly felt that 180 was a score that would put us in the game.
“Ryan Robinson batted really well for his half century and then Michael Cranmer kicked on towards the end and played brilliantly, getting us into what we felt was a winning position.
“Credit to Woodhouse Grange, then made a good start and were well up with the rate, so we decided to dry up the runs, take out the catchers and put some sweepers in, and it worked really well.
“They got frustrated, we picked up some good wickets at vital times and then Ben Potter came on with his extra pace and bowled magnificently.
“Mikey, Ryan and Ben really shone, but I felt the team performance was one to be proud of and really highlighted what we are about.”