ALMONDBURY Wesleyans won the Romida Examiner Salver in an excellent Under 13 finals day at Kirkburton.
Having beaten Thongsbridge in the semi-finals, Wesleyans totalled 109-5 in the 20-over showpiece against Broad Oak.
The Oak (who toppled Rastrick in the semis) put up a spirited reply after a tough start, but they were eventually dismissed for 93.
Jack Owen (with 26, retired) anchored the Wesleyans innings, while opening partner Robbie Wadsworth contributed 22 and Danny Lockwood 20. Danny Rushworth was the best of the Oak bowlers with two for seven.
At the top of the Oak innings, the tall Shahill Brahmbatt posed plenty of problems and took three wickets to reduced the Colne Valley side to 31-5 at one stage.
The lower order did a solid job trying to pull things round, but their efforts weren’t quite enough in the end. Alex Avery (17), Sam Rowley (17) and Josh Martin (13) did the bulk of the scoring while Brahmbatt finished with three for nine.
The umpires’ man of the match award was given by Graham Hinchliffe and Gary Rank to Jack Owen of the Wesleyans, who impressed with his patient and correct batting style, combined with an ability always to score off a bad ball.
Geoff Barnard from the Huddersfield Junior League introduced John Shires from Yorkshire Television to present the trophies.
Mr Barnard was delighted with the success of the new 11-a-side format of the competition, and also that the weather held good after a very rain-disrupted season so far.
He also thanked the two final umpires and also Les Forrester, who officiated earlier in the day, for their contribution to junior cricket.
Mr Shires said how much he had enjoyed watching the matches played during the day and the skill, enthusiasm and sportsmanship of those taking part.
He also congratulated the supporters on making it a special event in the Huddersfield cricketing calendar.
He also urged the young cricketers taking part not to drop out of the sport as they got older, because they would get much enjoyment from the game in years to come.
The first semi-final was really exciting, with Wesleyans pipping Thongsbridge only in the last over.
Wesleyans totalled 95-6 with Jonathan Hoyle (25 retired), Jack Owen 19 and Robbie Wadsworth 18 top scoring while Jack Atkinson took two for seven for Thongsbridge.
In reply, Thongsbridge got closer and closer and eventually needed four to win off the last three balls, but they lost wickets instead. Robbie Wadsworth finished with three for 10 while Max Berry (25, retired) and Leo Berry with 20 were the best of the Thongsbridge batsmen.
The second semi-final was much more straightforward with Broad Oak’s 104-3 – Edward Wilson (25 retired), Max Leonard 23 and Jack Wadsworth 23 – proving too much for Rastrick.
Tom Lightfoot took two for 20 for Rastrick, who could total only 53-6 in reply thanks to Alex Avery taking two for five and Connor Briggs two for six.