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Knottingley’s great Dyson-Skidmore Trophy run ends in final defeat

Knottingley Town's team that lined up for the final of the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy. Picture: Paul Butterfield
Knottingley Town's team that lined up for the final of the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy. Picture: Paul Butterfield

After a string of great victories in the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy Knottingley Town could not come up with one more as they lost out to Fairburn in the final played at Ackworth CC on Sunday.

The final was blessed with more good weather and Town won the toss, electing to bat first with the aim of posting a challenging total they could defend.

Action from Knottingley Town v Fairburn in the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy final. Picture: Paul Butterfield

Action from Knottingley Town v Fairburn in the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy final. Picture: Paul Butterfield

They met with early setbacks as openers Andy Clay and Paul Reed fell cheaply, but were looking okay when reaching 60-2 with Matthew Stones and Ian Brown at the crease.

However, the latter’s dismissal for 23 was the catalyst for a collapse to 77-6. A brief revival followed with Danny Lund contributing 17, but although Stones continued to fight he was running out of partners.

He was eventually out for 44 and Knottingley were all out for a disappointing 150 in the 40th over. Daniel Fitzpatrick (3-17) and Kevin Watson (3-21) were the pick of the Fairburn bowlers.

Fairburn batsmen then completed the job started by their bowlers as they cruised to their target to win by an eight-wicket margin with Jake Abdy (48no) and Craig Piggott (31no) bringing them home by the 27th over.

Action from Knottingley Town v Fairburn in the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy final. Picture: Paul Butterfield

Action from Knottingley Town v Fairburn in the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy final. Picture: Paul Butterfield

Action from Knottingley Town v Fairburn in the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy final. Picture: Paul Butterfield

Action from Knottingley Town v Fairburn in the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy final. Picture: Paul Butterfield