Local cup kings Shiregreen CC retained their Billy Oates Cup title on Sunday, with a comfortable victory over Houghton Main.
Shiregreen, who lifted the trophy last season with victory over Kilnhurst Colliery CC at their own ground, repeated the feat with a win in the highest-scoring Billy Oates Cup final in recent memory.
Both sides had enjoyed comfortable runs to the final, staged in excellent weather at Treeton’s picturesque Washfield Lane headquarters.
Main had smashed 305 in a 187-run semi-final win over Wickersley Old Village, while Shiregreen overhauled Sheffield United’s 128 target with 19 overs - and seven wickets - in hand.
Main’s batting firepower may have played on Shiregreen skipper Adeeb Hussain’s mind as he won the toss and elected to field.
But the Hatfield House Lane club possess some serious strength in depth, too, and so it proved with three batsmen all making contributions to their victory, which came with ten balls to spare.
Earlier, Hussain himself had taken 2-40 as Houghton amassed a respectable 224-7 from their 40 overs, largely due to an excellent 82 from youngster David Merryweather.
A disciplined Shiregreen bowling attack meant that Main were unlikely to replicate their heroics of the semi-final, but aggressive running between the wickets saw them post a challenging score - although they lost two wickets, including Merryweather himself, to run-outs. Another youngster, Hamzah Younis, was the pick of the Shiregreen bowlers with 3-40.
And it was Younis who provided the early backbone of the Shiregreen innings, too, giving a steady platform after the dismissals of Sohail Mohammed and Pani Rodrigo for 21 and 16 respectively.
Younis hit just two fours and one six in his 43 before he was adjudged lbw to Michael Harvey, to leave Shiregreen 112-3. A partnership of 72 between opener Marshall Zeeshan (40) and Scott Worthington put Shiregreen back in the driving seat, with Worthington cracking three huge sixes and one four in one over off spinner David Spruce. He was eventually dismissed for a 26-ball 45, containing three boundary fours and four maximums - but the damage was done, and Shiregreen eased home to get their hands on the trophy once more.