Methley make it a hat-trick of trophy triumphs

Sohail Raz, man of the match in the Jack Hampshire Trophy final.
Sohail Raz, man of the match in the Jack Hampshire Trophy final.

What a difference a day made as Methley followed up their thrashing on Saturday by handing out their own hammering of Wrenthorpe in a one-sided Jack Hampshire Trophy final on Sunday.

In winning by a huge 10-wicket margin at their Little Church Lane ground Methley were triumphing in the competition for the third year in a row.

They were able to repeat their final victories over Wrenthorpe in 2010 and 2013 and this was by far the easiest as the bowlers paved the way for the most convincing of wins.

It was all over in just 24.1 overs as Wrenthorpe never recovered from a wretched start that saw wickets tumble from the outset.

Opener Daryl Hendricks and former Yorkshire player Greg Wood, who had shared an incredible match-winning double hundred stand a day earlier when the teams met in the Central Yorkshire League, could only muster six runs between them this time and it did not get any better for Wrenthorpe after this pair was out to leave them 18-2.

The other opener, Neil Bourke, did battle on to make 21, but he was the only batsman to make double figures as Wrenthorpe were shot out for only 55 for one of the lowest scores in the final in the trophy’s history.

Opening bowler Sohail Raz did much of the damage with a superb eight over spell that brought him 5-24 while Marcus Walmsley backed him up with two wickets and the fielding was sharp too – three run outs showing that.

Methley’s innings was a complete contrast as openers Richard Foster and Marcus Walmsley set about the Wrenthorpe bowlers straight away and took just six overs to complete their side’s victory.

Foster smashed two sixes and six fours in an unbeaten 39, made off 24 balls, while Walmsley faced only 12 deliveries for his 17 not out.

Fast bowler Raz was named man of the match as Methley celebrating becoming the first side since Gomersal in 1993 to win the Jack Hampshire Trophy three years running.