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Reports and pictures from every T20 final

Pudsey St Lawrence 223-4 Bradford & Bingley 178
at Wagon Lane

Pudsey St Lawrence powered to victory in the first Dyson Insulations Cup Twenty/20 final under the floodlights at Bradford & Bingley's Wagon Lane ground.

The win was set up by a stunning batting performance which saw St Lawrence post a total of 223-4 in their 20 overs after being asked to bat first.

The strokeplay of opener Alex Stead was simply breathtaking and his innings of 97 illuminated a match which provided plenty of entertainment for the sizeable crowd.

Alex Stead hits out during his memorable innings for Pudsey St Lawrence. Picture: Mike Baker

Stead  struck four sixes and 14 fours during a 50-ball innings which was full of powerful attacking strokes and he was joined in second-wicket stand of 143 by Gareth Clough who made 64 off just 32 balls with four sixes and four fours.

The only pity was that Stead didn't go on to complete the hundred he so richly deserved after playing so well. The rich applause he received as he made his way back to the pavilion after being caught by wicketkeeper Matthew Duce off Chris Thompson showed what the crowd thought of his outstanding exhibition.

Such was the ferocity of the attack launched by Stead and Clough that all the Bradford & Bingley bowlers suffered. In the semi-final against East Bierley the previous night Chris Thompson (1-4) and Matthew Cockshott (2-14) had bowled eight overs for just 18 runs. This time there eight overs yielded 82 runs. Thompson took (2-39) and Cockshott (0-43).

Faced by such a big target Bradford & Bingley needed a good start and they certainly got one. Openers Simon Davies and Matthew Duce took 24 from Alex Stead's first over to set the tone.

Bradford & Bingley were 64-0 after four overs and were well ahead of the run rate at that point. It provoked thoughts among the crowd of a Bradford & Bingley win.

But such hopes quickly started to fade after Davies, who hit a couple of powerful lofted drives, skied a catch to Mark Robertshaw off Clough's bowling.

Duce continued to take the fight to Pudsey St Lawrence but once he departed for 42 and dangerman Chris Thompson was dismissed for 20, Pudsey St Lawrence were in control.

Duce was the first of four victims for St Lawrence skipper Mark Robertshaw who finished with figures of four for 21.

Victory was finally secured with five balls remaining when Bradford & Bingley's last man Richard Slater was caught by Richard Marsden off the bowling of Chris Marsden to trigger St Lawrence's celebrations.

St Lawrence had won by 45 runs but both teams had entertained in a match which had much to commend.

St Lawrence celebrate winning the inaugural competition Picture: Mike Baker


Bradford & Bingley 137-9 Pudsey St Lawrence 139-6
at Wagon Lane

Alex Stead hit a four from the final ball of the match as Pudsey St Lawrence retained the Dyson Insulations Twenty/20 Cup with a dramatic four-wicket win over Bradford & Bingley under the Wagon Lane floodlights.

Last year Stead scored 96 as Pudsey St Lawrence defeated Bradford & Bingley in the final, and he was the man who broke their hearts again with an unbeaten innings of 63.

St Lawrence had started the last over needing seven with six wickets in hand to better Bradford & Bingley's score of 137-9.

Bradford & Bingley skipper Phil Slater took responsibility for bowling the final six balls. His first delivery was driven powerfully by Stead to long on where the diving James Davies couldn't quite cling on to a difficult chance.

The batsmen took two runs and when Stead scampered a single from the second ball, the target had been reduced to four runs. Slater then bowled a short ball which Matthew Lumb was unable to connect with.

And when Lumb was sent back attempting a suicidal single from the fourth ball he was run out.

Steve Thompson joined Stead with four runs required from the last two balls. A leg bye meant Stead was back on strike with three still needed. Slater took great care placing his field, but his delivery was a little short and Stead cracked it past point for four.

It was the fifth four of a match-winning innings which also included two sixes and resulted in his jubilant team-mates sprinting on to the pitch to congratulate him. They looked a relieved bunch after almost seeing their title snatched away.

They had looked set for a comfortable win while Stead and Chris Marsden were adding 53 for the fourth wicket, but an eventful 19th over cranked up the tension.

Marsden, who had played forcibly, was bowled by Chris Thompson for 23 and when skipper Mark Robertshaw was bowled four balls later the nerves were jangling.

It was to Bradford & Bingley's credit that they kept fighting to the end in defence of what appeared to be a modest total.

They also had to deploy the very occasional slow left-arm spin of Simon Davies when Naweed Ghany was unable to take the field after pulling a hamstring while making the top score of 57 in their innings.

Davies did a good job for his side and took 1-25 in four overs on a pitch which had favoured the slower bowlers throughout the day.

St Lawrence's three spinners, Steve Watts, Marsden and Robertshaw were key figures in their team's success.

Watts (4-24), was particularly impressive as Bradford & Bingley's batsmen were never allowed to dominate.

Ghany was the one exception but his injury, which came when he attempted a quick run after he had made 42, resulted in him needing a runner and reduced his effectiveness.

He did manage to complete a well-deserved half century before he was bowled aiming a massive pull at a ball from Lumb.

But the evening belonged to Stead and his St Lawrence colleagues. Stead clearly enjoys playing Twenty/20 at Wagon Lane in four innings there he has scored 273 runs and only been out once. An impressive record by anybody's standards.

 Cleckheaton 136-8 Bradford & Bingley 140-7
at Wagon Lane

It was third time lucky for Bradford & Bingley as they lifted the Dyson Insulations Twenty/20 Cup by defeating Cleckheaton in an absorbing final.

After defeats in the previous two finals against Pudsey St Lawrence they were anxious to break the sequence, but they needed a captain's innings to do it.

Slater came in with his side in real trouble at 59-6 in reply to Cleckheaton’s 136-8 and transformed his side's fortunes with an unbeaten 52.

The turning point of the match proved to be the 15th over when Slater hit three sixes, a four and a single as he took 23 off young Sean Howe's only over.

That assault gave the innings the impetus it needed as fine bowling from John Wood (2-12) and spinner Andrew Deegan (2-15) tied up the top order.

Slater was joined in an unbroken eighth wicket stand of 42 by Warren Allitt who made 17 not out. Slater sealed victory and completed his 50 when he hit the fourth ball of the final over from Marcus Walmsley for four.

Defeat was hard on Cleckheaton because they bowled and fielded aggressively with Ian Wood taking a memorable one-handed catch to dismiss Scott Etherington.

Cleckheaton, who were put into bat, lost John Wood early but they still managed to score briskly.

A big score looked in prospect until James Lee and Tim Jackson fell in quick succession for 25 and 26 respectively.

After they departed the innings lost momentum and wickets fell at regular intervals.

Etherington (2-20) and Chris Thompson (2-22) were most impressive and it looked as if a Cleckheaton total of 136-8 would pose few problems for Bradford & Bingley but it did and the crowd were treated to another nail-biting finish.

Bradford & Bingley get their hands on the cup at last in 2011 Picture: Mike Baker


Pudsey Congs 163-5 Morley 154
at Wagon Lane

Pudsey Congs won the cup for the first time in 2012

Pudsey Congs won the Dyson Insulations Twenty/20 Cup for the first time when they beat brave Morley by just nine runs in tonight's final.

An unbeaten 54 from Babar Butt enabled Congs to recover from a poor start to post a total of 163-5.

Morley were in the hunt as long as their overseas player Kashif Naveed was at the wicket. He made 66 off 45 balls, but after he departed Morley lost wickets chasing quick runs and were dismissed for 154.

The Division Two side could feel proud of their performance in their first cup final under the Wagon Lane lights as once again the competition was treated to a thrilling finale.

Skipper Glenn Roberts, who like Babar Butt was playing in his last major final for Congs, took 2-11 and was well supported by Nick Lindley (3-21) and Edward Walmsley (2-22.)

Young paceman Matthew Dowse made an important early breakthrough when Pudsey Congs batted first. He had the in-form Nick Lindley caught by Richard Winn to reduce Congs to 4-1.

Nathan Bromby, who had one season with Pudsey Congs in 2007, produced a good new-ball spell of 4-1-18-1. His one wicket was that of Gareth Phillips who was trapped lbw for 18 to reduce Congs to 27-2.

Andrew Bairstow and Eugene Burzler knew they had to stabilise the innings after the loss of Lindley and Phillips who had shared a first-wicket stand of 150 in Tuesday's semi-final against East Bierley.

They brought up the 50 in the ninth over when Dave Nebard joined overseas player Kashif Naveed in an all-spin attack.

They took their stand to 52 before the experienced Winn struck in his second over. He had Andrew Bairstow caught by wicketkeeper Luke Heinemann for 24.

Morley's bowlers were doing an excellent job, just as they had in the semi-final win over Woodlands, and with eight overs of their innings remaining, Congs were 80-3.

One run later and Morley struck another big blow. Burzler, who had made, 28 was caught by Adam Larkin from the bowling of Nebard.

With their four top batsmen back in the pavilion, Congs desperately needed their veteran batsman Butt to deliver if they were to post a challenging total.

The 100 finally came up off 89 balls when Edward Walmsley got off the mark with a boundary from the bowling of James McNichol.

Butt and Walmsley moved the score onto 123 before Walmsley was run out to reduce Congs to 123-5. Butt and Roberts knew they had to boost the scoring rate in the closing five overs.

Butt was the main aggressor and the 150 came up from the final ball of the 19th over. Butt completed his 50 off 34 balls with his seventh four. His innings also included two sixes. Congs took 13 runs from the final over of their innings which was bowled by off spinner Nebard.

Butt finished 54 not out and his partnership with Roberts was worth 40. The captain's contribution was just three.

Morley's bowlers stuck to their task well but they may well have been disappointed not to restrict Congs to a smaller score after reducing them to 81-4.

Roberts opened the bowling with his left-arm spin as Morley chased 164 to become the first Division Two side to win the Dyson Insulations Twenty/20 Cup.

Six runs came from the opening over as openers Gary Wainwright and Mc Nichol looked to give their side a good start against the new ball.

Richie Lamb shared the attack and Morley gathered five runs from his opening six deliveries.

Roberts was determined to keep things tight with the fielding restrictions in place and just four runs from his second over meant the required rate had climbed to almost nine an over.

Morley lost their first wicket on 19 when Lamb trapped the promising left-hander McNichol lbw for seven.

His dismissal brought in the Morley dangerman Kashif Naveed. He has a fine record in the Dyson Insulations Twenty/20 Cup and another big innings would prove very timely.

Roberts removed himself from the attack and gave young off spinner Edward Walmsley an early bowl. His opening over yielded eight runs.

With Morley 34-1, leg-spinner Mushy Shah joined Walmsley to form an all-spin attack. Shah, who took three wickets in the semi-final win over East Bierley, needed to settle on to a line quickly.

Wainwright and Naveed brought up the 50 off 47 balls as Morley began to increase their scoring rate.

Congs needed to check the progress of the second-wicket pair and with the score on 61 Walmsley trapped Wainwright lbw for 13.

Naveed was looking a big threat as he moved into the 30s, but new batsman Adam Larkin lasted just two balls before being bowled by Walmsley for a duck as Morley slipped to 72-3. The off spinner finished his tidy spell with figures of 2-22.

Skipper Matthew Baxter arrived at the wicket knowing that his side's hopes rested on his and Naveed's shoulders.

Naveed brought up his 50 off 38 balls with two sixes and five fours.as Morley reached 95-3 with seven overs to go. Naveed's sixth four then brought up the 100. It meant 64 were needed from 36 balls.

Naveed moved on to 60 with his seventh four as Morley continued to reduce their target. It was down to 49 from 30 balls as the game entered its decisive phase.

With the total of 120 Morley suffered a body blow. Naveed was trapped lbw by Nick Lindley for an excellent 66.

Wicketkeeper Luke Heinemann joined Baxter knowing that there was no time to play himself in. with 39 needed from four overs.

Butt was introduced to the attack as the sixth bowler and his first over yielded only six runs. It meant 33 were needed from the last three overs.

Congs were sensing victory when skipper Roberts returned to the attack to bowl his counterpart Baxter for 22.

When Roberts struck again with his next ball to bowl Dave Nebard, the end was in sight for brave Morley.

Heinemann struck two fours as he tried to keep Morley in the hunt. He had made 13 when he was bowled by Lindley.

The wickets continued to tumble as 144-7 became 144-8 with Nathan Bromby being caught and bowled by Lindley first ball.

Morley need 19 from the last over and they suffered another setback when young George Robson was run out.

Richard Winn hammered a big six to give Morley's supporters something to cheer. A single left Morley wanting ten from two balls. But the game ended with Roberts bowling Matthew Dowse for a golden duck. Morley were all out for 154 and had lost by nine runs

Lightcliffe 126-7 Morley 128-4
at Wagon Lane

Morley skipper Matt Baxter receives the trophy from sponsor Ian Morrall of Dyson Insulations

Overseas player Kashif Naveed powered Morley to their first trophy since joining the JCT600 Bradford League 15 years ago.

Naveed made an unbeaten 65 off 35 balls with four sixes and six fours as Morley secured a six-wicket win over Lightcliffe under the floodlights at Bradford & Bingley.

Morley past Lightcliffe's score of 125-7 with 11 balls to spare and will now compete in the ECB National T20 competition next year.

While Naveed's innings sealed Morley's win, it was their bowlers who set it up. They wanted to make amends for last year's final defeat by Pudsey Congs where they gave away 17 wides as they lost by nine runs. This time their control of length and line was much better and they yielded just five wides.

Lightcliffe's powerful batting line up was prevented from clicking into top gear. David Hester (23), Suleman Khan (20) and Mark Horne (20no) were their top scorers, but nobody was able to play the big innings that was needed.

Off spinner David Paynter was the pick of the Morley bowlers with 1-6 from three overs while Richard Winn (2-27) was the most successful member of the Morley attack.

Morley also found runscoring difficult as the Lightcliffe bowlers tried their hardest to defend their modest score. They still had work to do when they were 96-4 after 15 overs, but Naveed launched an assault which saw Morley to their target.

To crown a great night for Morley their juniors won the inaugural Dyson Energy Services Juniors Twenty/20 Cup.

Pudsey Congs 252-4 Woodlands 187-7
at Wagon Lane

It was a record-breaking night at Wagon Lane as Pudsey Congs lifted the Dyson Energy Services Twenty/20 Cup for the second time with a 65-run win over Woodlands.

The highlight was undoubtedly the splendid 114 that Congs opener Callum Geldart made from just 54 balls. It was the first century made in a final in the six-year history of the competition. His opening stand of 198 with Adam Patel (77) was also a record for a final as was Congs total of 252-4.

Geldart is certainly a man for the big occasion. It was his century which guided Congs to victory over Townville in the Heavy Woollen Cup final at the start of the month and he stole the attention again with an innings full of stunning stroke play.

Patel, who had hit a century in the semi-final win over Undercliffe, was also in sparkling form. He too looked on course for a century when he collided with Geldart and was run out.

Geldart departed soon after but the run still kept coming. Joe Greaves made an unbeaten 35 as the Woodlands bowlers were all made to suffer.

Woodlands had to score at 12 an over to have a chance of victory, but they never matched the required rate. Opener Duncan Snell played brightly for 54 and there were flurries from Sarfraz Ahmed (34), Chris Brice (29) and Usman Salim (27no) but Congs were always in command as they restricted Woodlands to 187-7.

The Congs bowlers were backed up by some fine fielding and catching, Paceman James Pearson took 2-13 in four economical overs.

Callum Geldart became the first man to hit a century in a final in 2015

Pudsey Congs 231-6 Pudsey St Lawrence 226-7
at Tofts Road

Pudsey Congs became the first team to win the Twenty/20 Cup three times when they defeated their arch-rivals Pudsey St Lawrence by five runs in a thrilling final at Tofts Road.

Congs who also won the trophy in 2012 and 2014 were made to fight hard for their victory on a finals day which saw the three matches produce a staggering 1,138 runs with 51 sixes.

The final was a worthy climax to an excellent day's cricket which was managed superbly by the hosts Pudsey St Lawrence.

The one thing they couldn't arrange was a final victory for their side, but there aren't many teams in the JCT600 Bradford League that have come so close to chasing down a score as big as Pudsey Congs' 231-6 in 20 overs.

Openers Callum Geldart and Adam Patel were the heroes of last year's final triumph over Woodlands under the lights at Bradford & Bingley, and they played key roles in helping their club retain the trophy.

Geldart, who scored a century in the 2014 final, raced to 45 off 17 balls in an opening stand of 95 with Patel, who has just returned to action after a knee injury.

Patel reached his half-century from just 22 balls and went on to make 88. His 43-ball innings contained six sixes and ten fours.

The suffering didn't end there for the St Lawrence bowlers. Joe Greaves hammered an unbeaten 59 to push the total up to 231-6. The total was short of the final record of 252-4 they set last year, but it represented a formidable challenge.

St Lawrence, who had chased down a Woodlands score of 203-4 to win with two balls to spare in the semi-finals, made a bold attempt.

Like Congs, they were seeking a third final triumph having won previously in 2009 and 2010, and as long as their third-wicket pair of Matthew Duce and James Smith were at the wicket, they were very much in the hunt.

They shared a stand of 104 which produced some big hitting. Duce, who top scored with 80, hit five sixes and nine fours, while Smith's 51 contained three sixes and five fours.

St Lawrence tried valiantly to keep up with the required rate after Duce and Smith were dismissed, but it just proved too much for them. Pudsey Congs were crowned champions at the end of a great day's entertainment.

Pudsey Congs skipper Gareth Phillips receives the cup from league chairman David Young


Hanging Heaton 143 Bradford & Bingley 144-6
at Tofts Road

Bradford & Bingley were crowned as Twenty/20 Cup winners for the second time after a dramatic last-ball win over Hanging Heaton at Tofts Road.

Gary Fellows, the league's top runscorer with 609, played with good sense to make 58 as the Bradford & Bingley bowlers kept things tight and all of them were rewarded with two wickets apiece. Jack Hartley was the best with 2-18.

Bradford & Bingley's reply was dominated by their 20-year-old opener Jack Edgar. The close-season recruit from Great Harwood impressed. The left-hander showed considerable maturity and good sense as wickets fell around him.

He struck two sixes and nine fours in a well-paced innings of 80 not out as wickets fell around him. Hanging Heaton kept chipping away but ultimately the excellence of Edgar and the concession of 23 extras killed off their hopes of winning the cup for the first time.

Undercliffe 134-7 Hanging Heaton 136-3
at Tofts Road

Hanging Heaton celebrate their first T20 Cup win in 2017. Picture: Paul Butterfield

Premier Division title contenders Hanging Heaton beat Undercliffe from Championship One by seven wickets to win the T20 Group A final at Tofts Road.

They restricted Undercliffe to 134-7 before knocking off the runs in 15,3 overs to lift the trophy for the first time.

Undercliffe, who had beaten Premier Division side Batley to reach the final, were indebted to Gulsheraz Ahmed (57) for getting them to their eventual total as paceman Tom Chippendale picked up 4-17 for Hanging Heaton.

Undercliffe knew they had to get early wickets if they were to  have a chance of but three lots of five wides in the opening two overs didn't help their cause.

The Premier Division's top runscorer Nick Connolly (47) and skipper Gary Fellows (30) put on 78 for the first wicket and once they departed, Callum Geldart made an unbeaten 20 to see his side home.


Hanging Heaton 166 Methley 161
at Bennett Lane

Hanging Heaton became the third team to retain the cup in  2018 Picture: Ray Spencer

Hanging Heaton scored a thrilling five-run win over Methley to retain the JW Lees Brewery T20 Group A Cup at Bennett Lane.

The highlight of the match was an 18-ball half-century from opener Ben Kohler-Cadmore that set the tone for a frenetic start.

The final certainly didn't lack for excitement from the moment Kohler-Cadmore took 28 from the game's opening over from Sohail Raz.

Methley hit back from the first ball of the second over when their impressive overseas fast bowler Waqas Ahmed clean bowled Hanging Heaton skipper Gary Fellows.

Five wides followed from his second delivery before he bowled dangerman Callum Geldart with his next legitimate ball.

Ahmed was clearly warming to his task and had Joe Fraser caught by skipper Grant Soames as Hanging Heaton slipped to 43-3.

Kohler-Cadmore continued to attack but Methley stuck to their task and with the score on 69 they struck two big blows.

Nick Connolly was run out and Kohler-Cadmore, who had hit three sixes and seven fours, was caught by Adam Patel as Raz finally got revenge for his first-over torment.

Finding themselves 69-5 after just five eventful overs, Hanging Heaton knew they had to temper their approach. Ishmail Dawood and James Keen added 31 before both fell in quick succession to Marcus Walmsley and Adal Islam respectively.

The later order batsmen Aqsad Ali (19), Josh Holling (12no) and Tom Chippendale (11) made useful runs as Hanging Heaton made 166 all out, the final wicket falling to the last ball of their 20 overs. The total also received a decisive boost from the 33 extras conceded by Methley which was to prove critical in determining the outcome of the match.

The impressive Ahmed finished with 4-36 while Walmsley had tidy figures of 2-26.

Chippendale struck early in the Methley innings to remove Adal Islam, but Adam Patel, a player with a fine T20 record, was soon into his stride.

Methley were making good progress when Geldart was introduced to the attack with telling effect. He removed Dan Shuffe and Walmsley in his first over with the total on 50.

Geldart wasn't finished and claimed the key wicket of Patel after the opener had made 48 of the 60 runs on the board. His runs had come off 24 balls.

Methley's hopes of winning the cup looked to have evaporated when Jordan Laban, Ashton Blakey and Soames, all good strikers of the ball, were dismissed to slip to 95-7. Geldart claimed the wicket of Soames to finish with 4-45.

It says much for the spirit in the Methley side that they never threw in the towel. Jake Smart (29), Raz (16) and Ahmed (25) counter attacked. The target was six from three balls when Ahmed was caught by Chippendale off Holling to seal the win for Hanging Heaton.

The winning margin was five runs and when Methley reflect on a narrow final loss they will realise just how crucial the 33 extras they conceded were - especially as their opponents  gave away just six.

Morley 117-6 Undercliffe 120-2
at Moorend

Skipper Scott Etherington lifted the JW Lees Brewery T20 Cup aloft after his Undercliffe side defeated Morley by eight wickets in the final at Cleckheaton.

Earlier in the day they had pulled off a surprise three-wicket win over Vitality ECB Club T20 champions Hanging Heaton who were bidding to win the league's T20 competition for the third year in a row.

Morley had reached the final for the third time with a convincing nine-wicket win over Wakefield St Michael's..

Undercliffe's decision to bowl first paid off as they kept Morley in check throughout their innings and it led to them lifting the cup for the first time.

It was a measure of the control that the Undercliffe bowlers exerted that Morley were only able to make 117-6 in their 20 overs.

Skipper Matt Baxter hit two big sixes in his 26 but could not provide the acceleration that was needed as Michael Kelsey (2-16) showed good control.

Morley's hopes were briefly raised when they dismissed the dangerous Simon Lambert cheaply, but second-wicket pair Farrouk Alam and Jack Holland dashed their hopes with a partnership of 72.

Alam, who won the Group B competition with Altofts in 2017, made sure he had a Group A winner's medal to go with it with an unbeaten 53. He hit two sixes and four fours and was accompanied by Khalid Usman (23no) when victory was achieved with 22 balls to spare.

Big-hitting David Stiff made his mark on the 2020 final with a memorable innings Picture: Ray Spencer

Hanging Heaton 207-5 Bradford & Bingley 147
at Tofts Road

David Stiff’s sensational big-hitting powered Hanging Heaton to victory in the Gordon Rigg T20 Group A Cup final at Tofts Road.

He smashed an unbeaten 68 from just 19 balls which gave his side control of the match as they eased to a 60-run win over Bradford & Bingley.

Stiff arrived at the wicket following the dismissal of opener Gary Fellows who had made 56 from 42 balls out of a score of 113-3.

The departure of Fellows, bowled by Ed Brown, appeared to be a key blow for Bradford & Bingley who looked to have things under control after an impressive spell of 2-12 from left-arm spinner, Bradley Reeve.

Stiff wasted no time changing the balance of the game. The powerful all-rounder, who had persuaded his colleague Nick Connolly to let him go in before him, announced his arrival by hitting his first ball from Brown for four, but few could have predicted the savage assault that was to follow.

A staggering 94 runs came from the final 4.4 overs as the shell-shocked Bradford & Bingley bowlers were blasted to all parts of Pudsey by the scything bat of Stiff. Seventy-three of them came from the final three overs as Hanging Heaton posted a total of 207-5.

At the height of the onslaught, Stiff took 32 from the 19th over from Billy Whitford. He smashed four sixes and two fours leaving the bowler with the unenviable figures of 0-60 from his four overs. Stiff's innings contained eight massive sixes and five fours.

Until Stiff launched into the bowling the story was all about Fellows who played with grace and good sense, but even his quality innings was overshadowed once Stiff exploded on the scene.

Bradford & Bingley needed a good start if they were to have any hope of challenging the Hanging Heaton score.

Opener Patrick Dixon, who has been in good form in the competition, was quickly on the attack as he dominated an opening stand of 50 with Mathew Duce.

Dixon hit four sixes in his 45 before falling lbw to the slow left-arm bowling of Nick Connolly. Bradford & Bingley suffered another blow soon after when Brown was superbly caught in the deep by Callum Geldart of the bowling of Stiff.

With the run rate climbing and the pressure intensifying, Hanging Heaton took control. Yasir Abbas made a breezy 30, but wickets tumbled at regular intervals.

Left-arm spinner Callum Bethel (4-33) and that man Stiff (3-15) were the bowlers to prosper as Bradford & Bingley were bowled out for 147 after 18.2 overs.

For Hanging Heaton this was the third time they have won the competition in the past four seasons, but significantly, this was the first piece of silverware for their new captain Ben Kohler-Cadmore.

No doubt in years to come this will be remembered by those who enjoyed the sunny weather and witnessed some remarkable hitting as the “David Stiff Final.”

And for hosts Pudsey St Lawrence, who expertly staged the match, the afternoon provided them with a fitting event to grace their 175th anniversary celebrations.

Woodlands   204-3 Hanging Heaton 208-9

Josh Wheatley hit a four from the last ball of the game as Hanging Heaton retained the Gordon Rigg T20 Group A Cup with a pulsating one-wicket win over Woodlands at New Farnley.

In a match where the fortunes of the two sides ebbed and flowed, Hanging Heaton held their nerve and clinched the trophy for the fourth time in five seasons in front of an enthralled crowd.

The contest was a wonderful advert for the Gordon Rigg Bradford Premier League cricket and will live long in the memories of the many people who watched it.

 Scott Richardson took three wickets in the 19th over for Woodlands Picture Ray Spencer

Woodlands will wonder how they lost the game after the impressive Scott Richardson (5-31) took three wickets in the 19th over to leave Hanging Heaton needing 13 runs to win from the last over with two wickets in hand.

But with the pressure cranked up, Muhammad Bilal crucially bowled two no balls which resulted in free hits. Ghulam Hussain was run out from the second of the no balls, but Danny Glover scrambled a single before Wheatley hit his second four of the over to spark joyous Hanging Heaton celebrations as they passed the Woodlands score of 204-3.

Callum Geldart played a magnificent innings of 92 for Hanging Heaton Picture: Ray Spencer

Sixteen runs came from the fateful final over and 65 were scored in the final five overs after Hanging Heaton's top scorer Callum Geldart had been dismissed for a brilliant 92 which contained seven sixes and seven fours.

The odds were clearly on a Woodlands win at that stage, but James Byrne (33) and Callum Bethel (22) struck some decisive blows before both were dismissed by Scott Richardson in the penultimate over. Again the scales were tipped in Woodlands favour, but Glover and Hanging Heaton tore up the script.

It was a cruel twist of fate that saw Bilal taken for 16 runs in the last over after he had got the final of to a cracking start by smashing two sixes and 12 fours in a rapid 63.

Defeat was also hard on the Woodlands captain Brad Schmulian who produced two dazzling innings during the day. He followed up his century in the semi-final win over Bradford & Bingley with a delightful innings of 69.

Kieran Collins, one of the second teamers in the Woodlands team, showed his potential with an unbeaten 44 which pushed the Woodlands total up to 204-3.

That score took on an even more daunting look when Schmulian (3-15) removed both Gary Fellows and the Hanging Heaton skipper Ben Kohler-Cadmore in his the first over of their innings.

But writing off Hanging Heaton in an T20 contest isn't the wisest thing to do and the 2018 ECB Vitality National T20 champions showed once again why they are the most successful team in the 13 season history of the league's T20 Cup competitions.

During that time there have been some exciting contests, but none came close to matching this. The cricket from both sides and the magnificent staging of the event by New Farnley made this something to remember for many years to come.

Woodlands had secured their place in the final on the back of Schmulian's wonderful 104 not out against Bradford & Bingley in their delayed semi-final.

Schmulian hit two sixes and 15 fours as he got the day's proceedings off to an impressive start. Liam Collins (46) joined the Kiwi in a second wicket stand of 112 which helped Woodlands to make 167-5.

Bradford & Bingley, beaten finalists in 2020, never looked like challenging that score despite an unbeaten 40 from skipper Ed Brown. They were bowled out for 116 with Tom Clee taking 4-14 and Schmulian (3-15).

The game proved to be a tasty hors d'oeuvre to the main dish, a match which gripped, captivated and excited in equal measures. It was a day when it was a pleasure to say I was there.

The victorious Hanging Heaton team after their dramatic win. Picture: Ray Spencer

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The weather is set fair for the Gordon Rigg Priestley Cup Final this Sunday between New Farnley...


The Bradford & Bingley players celebrate taking a wicket during their Gordon Rigg Bradford...

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This preview focuses on the fine individual cricketers who have lit up this season and are...

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