Methley lose to Yorkshire Academy in trophy final

Methley's Mustafa Bashir.
Methley's Mustafa Bashir.

Methley could not crown their excellent season as they lost out in a thrilling Black Sheep Trophy final against Yorkshire Academy.

The game went right down to the final over before the young Yorkshire players clinched a six-wicket success.

Methley opted to bat first and began well with openers Richard Foster (49) and Marcus Walmsley (30) putting on 84.

Luke Bullingham (34) and Dan Broadbent (20) were sent up the order and put on 58 for the third wicket, but from 142-2 Methley lost their way and although Chavez Younes hit 34 and Sohail Raz 19 they had to settle for a 220-9 total with Matthew Waite taking 3-51, including the wicket of his brother Ben.

Academy came out fighting and were put on the way by an 112-run second wicket partnership that took them to 160-1. Callis fell for 55, but Mosun Hussain remained and saw his side through to the close with an unbeaten 85.

It was tight, however, as Yorkshire still needed 16 runs off the last three overs, but they got there with four balls to spare despite a good effort from Methley’s Mustafa Bashir, who took 3-47, including Matthew Waite’s wicket for four.