CRICKET: Belvoir triumph in league cup final

Burrough League Cup victors Belvoir CC.

Burrough League Cup victors Belvoir CC.

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Burrough League Cup Final

Belvoir 172

Stamford Town 136

This fixture was as much about the idyllic setting as the actual game itself: glorious evening sunshine, the wafting aroma of the barbecue, that feelgood Friday night atmosphere at Belvoir Cricket Ground with the youngsters training nearby, and a host of supporters, drink in hand, enjoying a cup final between the home side and rivals Stamford Town.

Skipper Ryan Lewis won the toss and chose to bat. Opening with Jack Copley, the pair looked assured until the surprise run-out of Copley, courtesy of a stunning throw by Stamford’s Simon Lem.

Ryan went on to score 47, but it was Greg Oldfield (56), yet again, who astounded with a magnificent batting display.

Chris Dobbie’s unbeaten 22no was the icing on a very tasty cake, and thus Belvoir posted a commendable 172 to defend against an undoubtedly strong Stamford side.

Stamford began their chase in earnest, although Belvoir took wickets at regular intervals, denying their opponents any chance of a significantly threatening partnership to develop.

Wicket keeper Andrew Hulme (38) and Liam Dave (30) were pivotal in keeping Stamford’s hopes alive, but once they had been dismissed, the run-rate fell as the sun set over Knipton, and Belvoir emerged victorious by 36 runs.

Belvoir’s Luke Endley, Alex Forbes and James Fellows took the spoils.

Belvoir captain Ryan Lewis said: “This was everything a cup final should be. Thank you to the many folk who came to support both teams.

“I am probably biased, but for me, this is what Belvoir CC is all about – great cricket, beautiful surroundings, fabulous people. An evening to remember, definitely.

“Massive congratulations lads. Up the Belvoir.”