A & B WANDERERS POWER TO CHALLENGE CUP VICTORY
In a hard fought and exciting Challenge Cup Final, played at Horsford, Manor Park, A & B Wanderers emerged victorious over a spirited North Runcton side.
Having won the toss, A & B chose to bat. This saw the perennial Bernie Everett (40) stride out to face the first ball. He masterfully steered the team to 96 for 1 alongside the attacking Tom Harris (48). Oscar Binny (26) played an exhilarating cameo innings which included two massive sixes. Ayush Verma (55) powered the side to what proved to be a winning score, hitting seven boundaries including a great straight six. The innings closed on 232 for 9.
The pick of the North Runcton bowling was Mike Annakin 3 for 23 and Lucas Triffitt 3 for 34
In reply, North Runcton started promisingly but were hauled back by some skilful bowling. The outstanding performance was that of Jamie White (49). As long as he was at the crease, the chase was definitely on. However, when he was dismissed the bowling assumed the ascendancy. In the end, North Runcton’s were all out for 133.
The pick of the A & B bowling was Joe Everett 3 for 20, Michael Mulhall 2 for 27 and Ayush Verma 2 for 2.
There could be no doubt who the man of the match was. It had to be Ayush (Ushi) Verma. Not only had he top scored but in 3 overs he had removed the North Runcton tail.
Presenting the Challenge Cup, Mid-Norfolk Sunday Cricket League chairman, Colin King, said, “It was wonderful to see both these sides playing in the final. They thoroughly deserved to be here. I was delighted to see that North Runcton had chosen to field many of their promising youngsters. On a different day and under different conditions, things could easily have delivered more positive result for them.”
He continued, “A & B Wanderers took their chances but overall it was a fine team effort and they deserved to win.”
King reflected, “I want say a huge thank you to Horsford for making us all so welcome and to pay tribute to Robert, the groundsman, for preparing a pitch that provided a little encouragement for both sides. In the midst of a drought, this could not have been easy. It was a terrific afternoon’s entertainment”.