THURSTONLAND’S Under 17s capped a fine season by lifting the Philip Oldfield Cup for the first time in the club’s history.
The Central League side defeated Armitage Bridge by 24 runs in the final, played at Meltham, with Angus Cox grabbing the man-of-the-match award after making an unbeaten 50 and then claiming three for 26 from six overs in what was formerly the Walker Cup (for Under 17s).
“It was a good all round performance,” said team manager Aidy Mellor.
“There were some good knocks from skipper Jack Oldham and Cox, but then having slipped to 125-8, Sam Wright (30no) received great support from two 15-year-olds, Josh Booth and Ashley Blore as they put on 39 vital runs for the last two wickets.
“And then we fielded really well, against a very strong Armitage Bridge side who got away to a good start.
“All in all it was a good game of cricket, and obviously we were delighted to win.
“We reached the final in 2004, but lost out to Broad Oak in a low-scoring game, so this made up for it.”
Thurstonland came close to landing a League and Cup double, but they were pipped by Broad Oak who clinched the League title in the last game of the season.
“It would have been nice to have played Broad Oak, but unfortunately it rained when we were due to play them, so we were denied the chance,” added Mellor.
“Nevertheless, it’s been an excellent year, and I’m pleased for the side.
“It will totally different next year, as we are set to lose a lot of the lads who will be too old to play, so it will be very much a case of starting all over again, although now we do have Under 9 and Under 11 sides so there are youngsters starting to filter through.”