Cup success makes up for title misery

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HATFIELD Town put the disappointment of not retaining their league title behind them as they ran out victorious over Barnby Dun in the All Saints Indoor Cricket League KO Cup Final.

Asked to take first knock, they lost two early wickets in their aim to set a commanding total.

Their top batsman during the league campaign, Chris Stothard, again batted with confidence and he made 23 as he and Adil Nasim (27) helped repair some of the early damage done by Jay Horne (2-14) ripping through the heart of the innings.

Defending a modest total of 86, Town knew that they had to produce a good bowling display to restrict the in-form Barnby Dun side.

Early pressure put Dun behind the run rate as wickets fell at regular intervals. Energetic and athletic skipper Horne produced a masterful innings of 42 not out all, but it was to no avail as Dun finished 17 runs short of victory.

The Plate KO Cup Final produced a nail-biting match as Parklands crowned a memorable debut season by beating Warmsworth.

The Common Lane outfit looked to be on course to set a huge target as openers Mindy Kundra (28) and Mark Shanks (27) gave them a firm base upon which to build a daunting total.

But they were subsequently pegged back and their innings closed at a modest 78.

Openers Khalid Khan (28) and Graham Langford (14) gave Parklands a good start, but a couple of quick wickets put the outcome in the balance.

In came Chris Kidd and his aggressive, and sometimes foolhardy approach, saw his team over the finishing line to victory.