Bayley Cup Final
Allestree 159-9 [45 overs] (M Probart 33, G McDonough3-17, C Taylor 4-20) lost to Heanor Town 165-2 [39.5 overs] (A Dixon 45, J Brear 75*) by 8 wickets
HEANOR Town CC first XI capped a memorable double winning weekend by lifting the Bayley Cup after an eight-wicket victory over Allestree.
On Sunday, around a hundred supporters from Heanor travelled North to Eckington to watch the eagerly contested Bayley Cup Final against Allestree. Allestree won the toss and elected to bat on a worn wicket that had been used the previous day.
Openers Sarton and Sirrell made a patient start putting on 34 for the first wicket before Sarton was well caught at slip by Andy Brear off the bowling of Grahame McDonough for 23.
Veteran Colin Taylor, a late replacement for injured Trevor Hessey, then took a fine catch at gully to dismiss Deane for 0. Mahmood was caught by Ali Dixon for 15, all three wickets courtesy of Graham McDonough’s excellent spell of bowling.
He finished with figures of 3 for 17 off 9 overs. It then became the Colin Taylor show as he rolled back the years with his legendary leg spin bowling.
He ripped out the Allestree middle order taking 4 for 20 in his 9 overs, to leave them reeling on 103 for 7. Only some lusty late hitting by Probart, scoring 33 before being caught by Josh Brear off the bowling of Jordan Halford, saw Allestree to a respectable 159 for 9 at the end of their innings.
In reply, the recent excellent Heanor opening partnership of Ali Dixon and Josh Brear began very cautiously on a wicket that was becoming increasingly difficult to play fluent shots.
When spin was introduced, the ball turned prodigiously and runs were hard to come by, but they remained patient, didn’t take unnecessary risks and more importantly, kept their wickets intact.
After the drinks interval, with Allestree having to rotate their bowlers and the dark rain clouds looming, Heanor started to push on, trying to increase the run rate in case the weather intervened.
Fortunately, despite one stoppage for bad light, Heanor pressed on and started to find the gaps in the field.
Josh Brear passed 50 but then they suffered a setback, when Ali Dixon was LBW for 45 to a ball that kept low. Skipper Andy Brear soon came and went for 2, well stumped by Allestree keeper Windscheffel, and with the score on 119 with 11 overs remaining and 41 still needed in the gathering gloom, the victory was still not certain.
osh Brear was joined by fellow 16 year old Corrie Keable and between them they showed superb maturity to steer Heanor comfortably past their target of 160 runs with over 5 overs remaining.
Brear finished unbeaten on 75 and Keable unbeaten on 26. The Bayley Cup trophy was presented to winning skipper Andy Brear after the game in front of Heanor’s jubilant travelling supporters.
The man of the match award nominated by the umpires was presented to Colin Taylor for his bowling figures of 4 for 20, although Josh Brear’s unbeaten 75 in bowler friendly conditions was many peoples performance of the day. Heanor now have a fortnight’s break to savour the cup victory before their crucial final two league games of the season
On the previous day, iHeanor secured a crucial league victory at Chesterfield 2nd XI by the narrow margin of two wickets with two overs to go.
Chesterfield batted first and scored 200 all out in 46 overs, Jordan Halford the pick of the Heanor bowlers taking 4 for 40 in 10 overs.
In reply, the Heanor top order all got in and made runs but failed to capitalise on their starts. Only Andy Taylor (33), passed 30 runs but five Heanor batsmen perished in the twenties.
With eight wickets down and nine runs needed, Adi Mann (2 not out) and Jordan Halford (5 not out, kept their nerve and steered the Town to a much needed victory.