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Methley edged out in thrilling T20 final

Jake Smart hits out on the way to scoring 29 runs for Methley in their T20 final against Hanging Heaton. Picture: Paul Butterfield
Jake Smart hits out on the way to scoring 29 runs for Methley in their T20 final against Hanging Heaton. Picture: Paul Butterfield

Methley went down by five runs in a thrilling JW Lees Brewery T20 Group A Cup final against Hanging Heaton at Bennett Lane.

The game had several twists but it was three brilliant catches, including a match clincher close to the boundary by Tom Chippendale, that got Hanging Heaton over the line.

Methley fought back well after being hit by an 18-ball half century from opener Ben Kohler-Cadmore that set the tone for a frenetic start.

Kohler-Cadmore took 28 from the game’s opening over from Sohail Raz, but overseas fast bowler Waqas Ahmed took two wickets in his first over and claimed another to reduce Hanging Heaton to 43-3.

Raz got revenge on Kohler-Cadmore, having him caught for 50 and at 69-5 Methley were right back in it.

Ishmail Dawood and James Keen added 31 runs for the sixth wicket. Dawood was caught by Ashton Blakey off the bowling of Marcus Walmsley for 14 before Keen was caught behind off a snorting delivery from Adal Islam for 11.

Late order batsmen Aqsad Ali (19), Josh Holling (12no) and Tom Chippendale (11) all made useful runs as Heaton were all out for 166 off the final ball of their 20 overs, with Methley conceding a costly 33 extras, including 27 wides.

Ahmed finished with 4-36 while Walmsley’s tidy four over spell saw him end with 2-26.

Methley opener Adam Patel set about the Heaton bowling and threatened to single handedly bring the cup home as he smashed 48 off 24 balls, hitting nine fours and a six, but his dismissal proved crucial.

After a series of lovely strokes from Patel Methley reached 50-1 before Callum Geldart was introduced to the attack and had Dan Shuffe caught by Chippendale off his first ball.

Patel struck 10 off Geldart’s next two deliveries but was then bowled two short of his half century and the spinner claimed a third wicket in his first over, when the dangerous Walmsley was out to a stunning one handed slip catch by Fraser first ball.

Jordan Laban (13), Ashton Blakey (12) and Grant Soames (3) were out in quick succession, the latter becoming Geldart’s fourth victim as he finished with figures of 4-45 and Methley slipped to 95-7.

There were further twists as Jake Smart (29) and Raz (16) made useful runs before Ahmed (25) produced some big hits to get Methley back into the game.

Ahmed hit a couple of boundaries in the final over and the target was down to six runs from the final three balls off Josh Holling.

Ahmed attempted another big hit, but Chippendale held his nerve to take a magnificent catch under pressure close to the boundary as Methley were all out for 161.