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Hanging Heaton win Vitality ECB Clubs T20 Cup

Hanging Heaton win Vitality ECB Clubs T20 Cup

Hanging Heaton skipper Gary Fellows led from the front as his side won the coveted Vitality ECB Clubs T20 Cup at Derby.

Fellows made an unbeaten 88 as his side chased down Swardeston's 164-8 with three balls to spare to win by five wickets and  secure their third trophy in three weeks.

Their Heavy Woollen Cup and Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy  wins were special but lifting their first national title tops the lot.

Fellows hit four sixes and eight fours in a 62-ball innings which ensured that his side paced their innings perfectly.

Swardeston didn't make things easy for Hanging Heaton, but Fellows ensured that they didn't spoil the biggest day in his club's history.

Swardestone, who had set the tone for a memorable day by making 212-4 as they beat Nantwich by 47 in their semi-final, looked to be building a bigger score than their eventual 164-8.

Openers Jordan Taylor and Callum Taylor put on 51 in 5.3 overs. They looked to have set the perfect platform for Lewis Denmark to launch another blistering attack after making 122 not out from 52 balls in the semi-final win.

But left-arm spinner Aqsad Ali had other ideas. He continued his recent fine form by dismissing Denmark for 10 before removing Jordan Taylor for 52 in a fine spell of 2-21.

Aqsad's intervention led to a slowing of the scoring rate and only Stephen Gray (25) of the remaining batsmen made an impression as Hanging Heaton's bowlers kept things tight in the closing overs,

The fine work of the bowlers set up a win that will be remembered and celebrated by Hanging Heaton followers for years,

And who will forget another huge contribution from captain Fellows.

Final scorecard

Hanging Heaton had earlier beaten Roffer by seven wickets to secure their place in the final.

A superb bowling and fielding performance saw Roffey restricted to 99-9. Opening bowlers David Stiff (3-16) and Tom Chippendale (3-18) impressed while Nick Connolly took two stunning catches.

There was an early setback for Hanging Heaton when they batted after Ben Kohler-Cadmore was trapped lbw first ball by Rohit Jagota.

The dangerous Callum Geldart holed out for four but skipper Gary Fellows and Joe Fraser were soon into their stride.

Fellows made 27 and took the score to 52 before edging Luke Barnard to wicketkeeper Matt Davies.

The Roffey bowlers were making Hanging Heaton work for their runs and the target was still 15 with four overs to go as Fraser and Ishmail Dawood edged their side towards their target.

Fraser finished unbeaten on 41 with four fours while Dawood was 22 not out when victory was achieved with 15 balls to spare.

Match scorecard

Pictures: Courtesy of Paul Butterfield