Skelmanthorpe Under 13s are proud winners of the Examiner Salver.

They scored an eight-wicket win against Kirkburton in the Sellers Huddersfield Junior League showpiece for their age group, which was excellently staged by Hall Bower.

Having won the toss and put Kirkburton in, Skelmanthorpe recovered from some early mistakes to bowl and field well and they restricted the Riley Lane side to 79-7 in their 20 overs.

Shaan Greaves took two for eight in his two overs, while Skelmanthorpe were assisted by three fine catches from Josh Megson.

Of the Kirkburton batsmen, Ben Wright was top scorer with 21 while Oliver Jepson added a patient 17.

In reply, skipper Charlie Auty – who also had a stumping behind the sticks – and Megson opened and, when the latter retired on 25, his side were nicely in charge.

Auty held things together after that, batting through for a vital 14 not out, and with help from Joe Aspinall (11) and Nathan Moorhouse (16) got Skelmanthorpe over the line at 81-2 in 14 overs.

Umpires Mike Onions and Mike Jagger voted Megson man-of-the-match for his bowling, excellent fielding and his 25 retired.

In the semi-finals, Skelmanthorpe had a nine-wicket win over Holmfirth.

Tom Clegg hit 25 retired but Holmfirth were able to post only 86-7 in their 20 overs due to some solid bowling and fielding from the eventual champions.

Skelmanthorpe booked their place in the final in just 15 overs, reaching 87-1 with Auty making 25 (he had earlier taken a couple of catches).

Kirkburton's Oscar Jepson grabs a run in the Examiner Salver final against winners Skelmanthorpe Under 13s

Kirkburton won a thriller against Hall Bower in their semi-final.

Batting first, Kirkburton recovered from a poor start – they were 20-4 in five overs – to reach 93-5 as the middle order pulled things round, Wright and Jack Byrne each retiring on 25.

Tom Baxter retired on 25 for the Bower, who were going strongly in reply and ahead of the rate until the last three overs, when Kirkburton bowled really well.

Hall Bower eventually needed 10 off the last over but could muster only four and finished on 88-3.

Skelmanthorpe: Charlie Auty (capt, wkt), Joe Aspinall, Jack Henderson, Will Blake, Hanaan Sattar, Josh Megson, Aaron Moore, Nathan Moorhouse, Simon Moorhouse, Rob Scaramuzza, Ben Peace, Shaan Greaves. Managers: Dan Morgan, James Crossland.

Holmfirth: Tom Clegg (capt), Benn Thornton (wkt), Douggie Webb, Freddie Wilkinson, Harees Haseeb, Raheel Haseeb, Isaac Eustance, Jacob Gilbert, Lauren Heaton, Samuel Woods, Owen Sutton. Managers: Dale Woods, Matthew Gilbert

Hall Bower: Tom Baxter (capt), Noah Thackeray, Matthew Crane, Harrison Booth, Todd Calvert, Leighton Davies, Nathan Sheard, Tom Eaton, Tom Pollard, Himat Sohal, Jamie Spencer, Parash Jain. Managers: Andy Booth, Andy Thackeray.

Kirkburton: Oscar Jepson, Joe Lockwood, Jack Byrne, Ben Carrington, Hayden Charlesworth, Keiron Green, James Hill, Isaac Nash, Daniel Pritchard, Adam Priest, Matthew Readiough, Daniel Ross, Harvey Wimpenny, Finlay Wilson, Ben Wright. Managers: Geoff Barnard, Steve Jepson.

Skelmanthorpe keeper and captain Charlie Auty is congratulated on taking a catch to end Finlay Wilson's innings in the Under 13 Examiner Salver final
Skelmanthorpe keeper and captain Charlie Auty is congratulated on taking a catch to end Finlay Wilson's innings in the Under 13 Examiner Salver final
 

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