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Woodlands lift T20 Cup for the first time

Woodlands lift T20 Cup for the first time

Woodlands lifted the Gordon Rigg T20 Group A Cup for the first time when they defeated holders Hanging Heaton by 36 runs under the Wagon Lane floodlights.

After receiving the trophy, Woodlands’ skipper Brad Schmulian addressed the spectators and players of both sides.

He was fulsome in his praise of Hanging Heaton. He said: “You set the standards that we had to achieve to win this competition. You are a fine side and tonight is revenge for losing to you last year.

“To my own side, I thank everyone for the part they have played this season. It is always good to win trophies.”

The final, which had to be postponed on Sunday, July 24 due to rain, again encountered a weather problem. A clear blue sky and a low sun resulted in umpires Martin Kellaway and Richard Jones having to delay the start by an hour.

Schmulian had no hesitation in choosing to bat first and he again played a key role for his side with bat and ball.

He top scored with 41 and was backed up by Tom Clee (30) and Elliot Richardson (24). Woodlands were also assisted by the 37 extras Hanging Heaton conceded which included 27 wides as they posted a score of 171-8.

In contrast, Woodlands only gave away 12 extras when Hanging Heaton, winners of the cup four times in the previous five seasons, were restricted to 135-9.

Hanging Heaton lost early wickets in their innings with their big guns Ben Kohler-Cadmore, Callum Geldart and David Stiff all unable to make an impact.

Schmulian (2-10) and Kez Ahmed (2-20) were the pick of the bowlers as Woodlands kept the Hanging Heaton scoring rate in check.

Shahban Raheem (22) and Mustafa Rafique (21) produced a late flurry of runs but by then Woodlands had a firm grip on the game.

For Woodlands, the win completes the set of Gordon Rigg Bradford Premier League trophies and halts Hanging Heaton’s dominance of the T20 competition.

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