MANORLANDS MAGIC FOR DEREK
After a frustrating wet Saturday in Oakworth with no play, there was concern one highlight of the Mewies Solicitors Craven League season, the Manorlands Plate, might succumb to the elements. Thanks to covers at Oakworth and hard work from Grounds-man Wilf Scarborough and his team, play got under way.
The Plate was to be contested by winners from the 2014 Craven League first & second divisions (Ingrow St John’s & Sutton ) and winners of the Wynn Cup (Oakworth). Long Lee were invited to mark their association for over 60 years with Derek Granger, in whose memory the competition was dedicated this year. Between the first two matches, Oakworth President Wilf Scarborough thanked everyone for coming and Paul Stowell, long time player with Long Lee and friend of Derek, led a one minute applause in memory of the former umpire.
The first match saw Long Lee All Stars (a Long Lee wag put it, ‘Old Stars) take on Sutton, with Sutton amassing 193. Ryan Ridehalgh was star of the innings with a magnificent century [inc 9 sixes] inside 12 overs. All Stars were never in the hunt losing by 70.
The second match saw Oakworth make a bright start thanks to Jack Hainsworth & Ben Fothergill. Once they were out the innings subsided and the hosts were all out for 109, for most not anywhere near enough. But as often in cricket, pressure of batting second on a wicket providing assistance to bowlers, began to tell. After starting well, wickets fell and slowly the pendulum swung to Oakworth, thanks to a spell of 3 for 4 in 4 overs by Jack Davison, great fielding, including a spectacular one-handed catch from Hainsworth, before 18 year old Ben Howell finished the innings off, with ISJ 10 runs short.
In the final, Oakworth again made a strong start. When Sutton took pace off the ball, wickets fell when batsmen hit out. 134 looked competitive but not insurmountable, particularly with Ridehalgh opening for Sutton. Ridehalgh, who plies his trade with Ilkley in the Aire-Wharfe League took a fancy to Davison’s bowling taking 18 off one over. The score was 29-0 after 2. Davison got his man in the 4th over, aided by a Brannan Lawn stumping. Richard Cavender was introduced to the attack and saw off danger man David Snowden and applied the brakes. From that point on, the Royd Hill side were up against it, Oakworth eventually winning by 30 runs.
The Manorlands Plate was presented to Oakworth Chairman & Captain Michael Scarborough, on behalf of Manorlands Hospice by nurse Dawn Sheridan. League Fixture Secretary Trevor Coe gave thanks to the Oakworth Club, President Wilf Scarborough and all helpers, who made the day a huge success, which he was confident would result in a healthy donation to Manorlands.
Oakworth CC is pleased and proud to announce that the clubs’ recent hosting of the Manorlands Plate in aid of the Sue Ryder Hospice at Manorlands at Oxenhope has raised the magnificent sum of £1,741. The sum is to be handed to the hospice by Craven & District League officials. On a fine sunny Sunday the ‘gate’ receipts [which included raffle entry] raised a very welcome £510 whilst the £1 per pint donation from the Oakworth bar chipped in a cracking £564 with a further £70 coming from the collection tin on the bar. The day-long barbecue, organised and run by Simon Howell along with young club helpers raised a staggering £344, which added to the contribution from sales of teas, breakfasts and cakes enabled the ‘refreshments’ element up to a magnificent £597.
Oakworth CC would like to thank everyone who helped on the day and who contributed so generously to the worthy local cause.