Josh Woodhead was man-of-the-match as Golcar proudly lifted the Philip Oldfield Cup.
The Swallow Lane side took the Sellers Huddersfield Junior League Under 17 showpiece (formerly the Walker Cup) with a four-wicket victory against Almondbury Wesleyans at Almondbury CC’s Fernside Avenue ground.
Woodhead took two for 11 in 11 terrific overs as the Wesleyans were dismissed for exactly 100 in 39.4 overs.
Captain Jake Lockwood was also in sparkling form with the ball, taking five for 27 in his 12 overs as Golcar held a grip, Mohamed Afaaq underlining their form with three for 23 in 7.4 overs, including two early breakthrough wickets.
Joe Lumb Cup player Saqib Matlub was the best of the Wesleyans batting order, opening and scoring 45 before becoming one of Woodhead’s victims.
Unfortunately for him and the Wes, only two other batsmen – Callum Shipman and Danny Russell – made it into double figures.
Tom Willans anchored the Golcar reply as they, too, lost some early wickets and he was eventually out for 38, bowled by Glyn Thwaites.
Any hopes the Wesleyans had of going on to success, however, were thwarted by Woodhead’s vital contribution of 24 runs at No5, even though Matlub had two for 21 from eight excellent overs and three of his teammates had a wicket apiece. Ben Quinlan (7no) and Liam Reilly did the honours at the end as Golcar got home half way through the 31st over.
Golcar – Jake Lockwood (capt), Josh Woodhead, Tom Willans, Chris Pearson, Mohammed Ali, Umar Tariq, Ben Quinlan, Liam Reilly, Mohamed Afaaq, Josh Smith, Joe Taylor. Manager: Paul Rothery. Scorer: Dom Pearson.
Almondbury Wes – Tom Hinks (capt), Saqib Matlub, Sunil Singh, Callum Shipman, Jake Robshaw, Irslan Saboor, Danny Russell (wkt), Olivia Harding, Scott Kenworthy, Jack Tintor, Glyn Thwaites, Ben Shufflebotham. Managers Jack Ghee and Neil Berry.