Acomb cricketers lift six-a-side trophy

Acomb Under-13s are pictured with their York & District Senior Cricket League six-a-side winners’ trophies, from left, coach Simon Brown, Dan Toone, Nick Gill, Jamie Thornton, Thomas Brown, Charlie Brookes and Joe Hickey

Acomb Under-13s are pictured with their York & District Senior Cricket League six-a-side winners’ trophies, from left, coach Simon Brown, Dan Toone, Nick Gill, Jamie Thornton, Thomas Brown, Charlie Brookes and Joe Hickey

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ACOMB I Under-13s lifted the York & District Junior Cricket Association six-a-side trophy for the first time since 2003.

The Acomb youngsters beat Sheriff Hutton Bridge in the final of the tournament, which was sponsored by Robson & Cooper and hosted by neighbours Clifton Alliance and York at Shipton Road.

The winning team included Dan Toone, Nick Gill, Jamie Thornton, Thomas Brown, Charlie Brookes and Joe Hickey.

Acomb I batted first in the final, scoring 59 runs with Thornton (21no) and star batsman Brookes (20no) both retiring.

They were backed by eight from Brown and nine from Toone.

Tom Bews was the pick of the Sheriff Hutton Bridge bowlers with figures of 0-7, while there were only two extras.

The Bridge reply started badly with Theo Smerden run out without facing a ball. Opening partner Bews hit 20 not out and George Stephens made ten before two wickets from Thornton (2- 3) and one from Brown (1-5) put paid to the reply at 33.

A total of 13 teams had contested the earlier group stages at four grounds.

At Acomb, the home team came top, with Sheriff Hutton Bridge as runners-up, while at Clifton Alliance the home team were runners-up to Malton & Old Malton.

York also came through as winners on their own ground, with Acomb II in second place. The last group saw home team Heworth qualify with Selby.

In the quarter-finals, Sheriff Hutton Bridge hit a challenging total of 55 against Malton & Old Malton, with Smerden making 21 not out and Bews 22 not out.

In Malton’s reply, Luke Scott hit 22 not out and M Jefferson ten not out but, even with 12 extras, they fell short on 49. A Chilton and E Ramsden took a wicket apiece for Bridge.

Selby skipper Zac Buttle hit half his team’s total of 40 against York as the bowlers proved to be difficult to get away. Cam Hall took 1-13, C Atkin 0-3, Sam Backhouse 0-8, Harvey Gration 0-5 and Matty Scurry 0-3.

Selby bowled well but, with Hall top-scoring with 12, York closed with 41-3. B Atkinson took 1-20, L Berzins 1-8 and L Webster 1-11.

Acomb I beat Clifton Alliance with Brookes scoring 20 not out and Brown 13 not out, accompanied by 19 extras, in a total of 58-1.

M Buckle took 1-13 for Alliance.

A couple of run-outs did not help the Alliance cause and, with J Mayfield top-scoring with 20 not out, they closed on 33-2.

Late runs from A Bell (9no) and Will Rountree (16no) took Heworth to a score of 59-3 against Acomb II.

Earlier, Jack Wilkinson hit 18 before he was bowled. N Hutton took 1-7, T Walsh 1-9 and J Tingle 1-18.

Acomb II made a good start thanks to 19 not out from H Hopper and 20 not out from L Kirkham.

However, Wilkinson also starred with the ball, taking 2-2 in an over that also included two run-outs as Acomb II fell short at 46-4.

In the semi-finals, batting first against York, Sheriff Hutton Bridge posted 49-1 thanks to 11 not out from Smerden, 15 from Bews and 19 not out from George Stephens.

C Atkin was the pick of the bowlers with 1-11 and Hall 0-7.

Stephens took two wickets in two balls, both clean bowled, in the third over of the York innings to put the brakes on and, despite 22 not out from Matty Scurry, they finished on 39.

Brookes hit another unbeaten 23 and 20 from opening partner Thornton helped Acomb I to 58-0 against Heworth.

Heworth opener Wilkinson hit an unbeaten 19 but at the other end the wickets were falling to Hickey (1-3), Brookes (1-7), Thornton (1-9) and Brown (1-14) as Heworth closed on 39-4.

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