Sheriff Hutton Bridge are 2019 White Rose champions
Posted on 22nd September 2019 at 13:57
Sheriff Hutton Bridge won a thrilling match against Woodlands at Emerald Headingley uyesterday, to become the first Yorkshire Premier League North winners of the White Rose Yorkshire Premier Leagues champions trophy.
Electing to bat first, Sheriff Hutton Bridge scored 212-6 off their 50 overs; skipper Adam Fisher providing the backbone of his side's innings with 75 off 118 balls. Fisher added 110 in a second-wicket partnership with man-of-the-match Eddie Barnes, and whilst these two were together a score well in excess of 250 looked on the cards. But the old campaigner Chris Brice dismissed Barnes for 54 and his 3-44 brought Woodlands right back into the game, and Sheriff Hutton were indebted to Karl Carver's unbeaten 38 off 31 balls to help them set a challenging target.
212 looked even better when Woodlands were 18-3, and when Carver dismissed the dangerous New Zealander Schmulian with the score on 69, Sheriff Hutton Bridge looked well on course for victory. But a forceful innings of 92 off 107 balls from Liam Collins brought Woodlands right into the game and the destination of the trophy was in the balance until the final ball. Then, with three runs required, Kez Ahmed hit the ball straight to into the hands of Tommy Hudson at deep cover - a couple of yards either side of him and it would have been four. It was Dave Henshaw's fourth wicket and it gave his side a two-run victory.
Amidst scenes of great jubilation from the travelling supporters, Adam Fisher lifted the trophy in the beautiful early evening sunshine. Our congratulations go to all at Sheriff Hutton Bridge, and our commiserations to Woodlands, who played a full part in an absorbing and exciting encounter - a fitting finale to the 2019 Premier League season.
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