Andrew Fortis hammered a match-winning 57 as Moorlands won the allroundercricket T20 Shield final against Almondbury Wesleyans at Broad Oak.

It was a second successive final-day defeat for the Kaye Lane side in the competition – which is for clubs outside the Drakes Premiership – but their 143-7 total never really seemed enough to challenge the Mirfield men.

Matt Henshaw and Jonathan Hoyle both hit 41 for the Wes, Henshaw collecting six boundaries and Hoyle five, while Aussie Chris Lloyd bowled superbly to take two for 17 in his four overs.

Reece Drake backed him up with two for 25 from three overs and Moorlands had a scent of victory.

Fortis and Louis Aspeling made sure there were no nervous moments. The towering Fortis is only eight runs short of 500 for the season for the Jedi Sports Championship club, while Aspeling has 540 at an average of 45, and they went about their work at a sensible rate.

Fortis had hit four fours and four sixes by the time he departed for 57 off 48 balls – enough for the man-of-the-match award – while Aspeling had six fours and a six in his 41.

David Hales, with one for 25 in four, and Daniel Moorhouse with one for 26 off three were the best of the Wes batsmen as Moorlands reached 145-2 in 17.2 overs.

Moorlands T20 skipper Michael Rounding said: “It’s a fantastic win for us because we knew Almondbury Wes would be tough opposition, having got to the final last year as well.

“After they won the toss and batted first, we felt 144 was a total we could get at – not comfortably, but we felt a good start would enable us to get there – and we batted well.

“We couldn’t have asked too much more of the openers, really, and they set up the victory with the way they went about it.

“Andrew Fortis has been a revelation this season and I’m delighted for him, Louis Aspeling has also done really well and if it wasn’t for them doing as well as they have I don’t think we would probably be where we are this summer (second in the Championship and T20 Shield winners).”

T20 Shield Final, Almondbury Wes v Moorlands at Broad Oak.
Almondbury Wes, l to r, (back) David Hales, Saqib Matlub, Chris Sykes, Tom Binns, Jonny Hoyle, Daniel Moorhouse and Darrell Sykes, (front) Matt Henshaw, Will Binns, Oliver Shaw and Coe Byrne.
T20 Shield Final, Almondbury Wes v Moorlands at Broad Oak. Almondbury Wes, l to r, (back) David Hales, Saqib Matlub, Chris Sykes, Tom Binns, Jonny Hoyle, Daniel Moorhouse and Darrell Sykes, (front) Matt Henshaw, Will Binns, Oliver Shaw and Coe Byrne.
 

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