Coutts’ Class Claims QF Place For Oak - Sykes Cup R2 Review

Coutts’ Class Claims QF Place For Oak - Sykes Cup R2 Review

24 May 2022

Broad Oak’s all-rounder Fletcher Coutts showed his class with the bat and then held his nerve with the ball to earn his side a valuable Sykes Cup Quarter Final berth at the expense of Skelmanthorpe. Mirfield Parish held their own at Thongsbridge where over 640 runs were scored before they departed with respect intact. Conference team Upperthong held their own against Premiership outfit Armitage Bridge who went into the next round whereas cup holders Moorlands and last season’s finalists had few problems progressing as an all-Premiership Sykes Cup last eight awaits.

A masterful batting performance by Fletcher Coutts; Broad Oak’s impressive winter signing from Burley-In-Wharfedale helped draw to a close Skelmanthorpe’s interest in the Sykes Cup. Coutts compiled a first innings 65 which together with captain Dominic Finn’s steely fifty gave Oak a firm total of 217-7 to defend. Jack Newby (3-44) performed the best of the visiting bowlers and they were looking to him to help fire them to a successful run chase. Experienced bowler Adam France (2-41) snared the prolific all-rounder for 26 as the tie ebbed and flowed to a pulsating conclusion. Skelmanthorpe’s middle order slowly gained a foothold with George Sommerville (38) and captain Allan Greenwood (23) carefully building a steady base. Adam Rammell (52) then joined Sommerville at the crease and the pair forged a dangerous partnership which threatened to snatch the win. A run out performed by Coutts (main image) claimed the wicket of Rammell and Oak’s star man stayed in the thick of the action to hold his nerve with a run out and the valuable wicket of Josh Scott (25) coming on the final ball as Shat fell five runs short of a compelling tie.

Three big centuries were scored during an outrageous high-scoring match at Thongsbridge. Championship side Mirfield Parish Cavaliers kept Thongsbridge on high alert as they showed grim determination in chasing down their opponents’ 340-3 total. Kai Grieg (136no, pictured above) and Pragam Sharma (127) had earlier flayed the Parish bowling attack as they faced 257 balls between them with forty boundaries clattered around the field. Despite losing an early wicket, Parish opening batsman David Bolt (105) and Aussie Brayden Brehaut (83) put on 201 runs in a second wicket partnership that forced Thongsbridge to dig deep and avoid being a second Premiership scalp for Parish, following their ousting of Scholes in the first round. Brehaut was first dislodged by the bowling of Ben Balmforth (3-62) and Bolt followed shortly after having been removed by Greig (4-52). Parish still had spirit though as Nazakat Khan took the game to Thongsbridge and his removal signalled the end of the contest as Parish were eventually dismissed for an excellent 306.

Conference outfit Upperthong had their lofty opponents Armitage Bridge on the ropes at one point but the Premiership team rode the challenge and made it through into the quarter finals. Thomas Mighall (3-34), Henry Frankland (2-39) and Jon Battye (2-36) had Bridge reeling somewhat on 119-6 but Sohail Butt (28) and Andy Gledhill (37) steadied the ship as they made 200ao from exactly 50 overs. Mighall brothers Ben and Tom were unable to recreate their heroics which booked them this date although Tom Mighall managed 32 during a reply which the visitors had a firm grip of. Butt (pictured above) took 5-41 to blunt Upperthong’s challenge who managed 127ao.

Sykes Cup holders Moorlands easily swept aside struggling Delph & Dobcross who suffered a second batting collapse of the weekend and third in three weeks. Moorlands, who fielded several second teamers due to absences, were in relative control throughout away at Delph who themselves were missing overseas Nayyar Abbas through illness. Shoukat Ali’s fine 103 (pictured above) totalled from exactly 100 balls, partnered nicely with Siraj Sajid (55) took the game away from Delph as they shared a 107 run partnership to set up a 270-6 target. Veteran all-rounder James Stansfield performed best with the ball by taking 3-15 as Delph were bowled out for just 90 in a one-sided contest.

Thurstonland proved their bite was much worse than their bark as they faced up against Hoylandswaine - the second time in two seasons they’ve met at this stage at the same venue! Nathan Appleyard (62) helped them reach 107-1 batting first but they were unable to make their audacious start count. Umer Yaqoob (2-20, pictured above) removed the opener before Sarjinder Pal Singh (4-9) polished off the lower order as Thurstonland ran out of steam to set 173ao. Swaine were 33-3 in reply before Furqan Shafiq (53) and Arron Lilley (85no) glided through the gears to knock off the total with 174-4.

Shepley’s second meeting with Barkisland in consecutive days had an air of déjà vu as they produced remarkably similar scores as the day before. Shepley managed only two runs more than the Saturday league game as they were bowled out for 142. Cameron Van Rensburg again had control of the game with the ball as he produced remarkable figures of 3-8 off his ten overs. Two wickets for Max Didgiunaitis, Jake Finch and Luke Bridges wrapped up the innings before Matty Weston’s unbeaten 55 (pictured above) spearheaded their reply of 143-3 to book their quarter final place.

Muhammad Ali’s excellent 93no (pictured above) got Golcar off the hook away at Almondbury Wesleyans as they overcame their Premiership rivals. Golcar were reduced to 58-4 before the talented keeper-batsman launched an onslaught to pick off Wes’ 190ao total for the loss of no further wickets. Earlier, Ali took two catches behind the stumps and Golcar’s Ryan Adams claimed 4-36 on his first team debut with Jed Wiggins scoring 71 for Wesleyans.

A solid team performance by Honley booked them safe passage as they saw off Shelley. Lewis Evans (55) and Ben Harris (40) caught the eye in Honley’s formidable 265ao which was boosted by four other batsmen hitting double-figure scores off the bat. Young fringe players Isaac Eustance (5-38) and Harry Moore (3-29, pictured above) ensured Shelley were under their whip hand as the visitors' response tailed off at 156ao.


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