YORK Cricket Club triumphed in the regional final of the Royal London National Club Championship with a convincing 123-run victory over North East Premier League side Hetton Lyons.
The Clifton Parkers were indebted to an outstanding all-round performance from Jake Murphy and a composed innings from youngster Charlie Elliot.
The pair combined to rescue the home side from a parlous 84-5, before Murphy picked up four top-order wickets as the visitors crashed to 70 all out.
Liam McKendry made the most of the power-play fielding restrictions, hitting six boundaries in the opening seven overs. He smashed 40 of an opening partnership of 48 before being caught low down at short cover off Sean Tindale.
The same bowler accounted for Ryan McKendry in his next over, and then Simon Lambert’s miscued pull off Gary Scott presented wicket-keeper Jarvis Clay with an easy catch.
Both Nick Kay and Alex Collins reached double figures before being undone by the spin of Allan Worthy to leave York with half their line-up in the pavilion.
Richard Love struck Christopher Varley for a boundary as the score limped past 100 in the 30th over, but then sent a simple catch to Tindale.
Elliot and Murphy steadied things with a stand of 38 for the seventh wicket, Elliot’s innings of 34 containing three sixes. When he departed, the total was 142-7 with eight overs remaining.
Then came the fireworks. Murphy accelerated the scoring rate with 21 of his 34 coming from the final ten balls of his innings, while Ben Coad contributed 21 from 17 balls to add 47 in the final five overs lifting York to 193-9 from their 45 overs.
Murphy and Coad enjoyed striking success with the ball. Murphy struck first, the experienced Worthy providing Collins with the first of three catches at slip, then Clay edged to glovesman Liam McKendry off Coad.
The visitors’ plight worsened when Murphy again found the edge, Coughlin caught at the wicket with only 18 scored.
Skipper Gary Scott did his best to resurrect the innings, but his 19 was the only double-figure total.
Scott became Murphy’s third victim thanks to an excellent diving catch by Coad with the total on 41, and there was no addition to the score before Elliot picked up the wicket of Tindale. Murphy bagged a fourth wicket to finish with 4-24 from nine overs.
Glen Richmond replaced Murphy and struck in his first over, McKendry diving full length in front of first slip to take a one-handed catch, to dismiss Steven Errington.
McKendry completed a busy afternoon with two stumpings both off Tom Pringle before the spinner rounded off a haul of 3-3 with a catch off his own bowling.
York host Chesterfield in the last 16 on Sunday, July 13.