Cleethorpes Cricket Club retain own Twenty20 in fantastic tournament
CLEETHORPES retained their own Twenty20 trophy on another fantastic day of cricket at Chichester Road.
In the first semi-final, the hosts completed a comfortable victory over Sheffield United after posting 132 for six in their 20 overs.
Despite losing James Osmond and Charlie Tomlinson in the first two overs for ducks, Cleethorpes recovered from 61 for five thanks largely to a 71-run sixth wicket partnership between Rory Osmond and Graham Hume.
Osmond finished 49 not out in 48 balls, while South African Hume powered to 37 in just 24 balls before being run out off the final delivery.
Sheffield were always struggling to keep up with the rate from the off as Hume and Osmond bowled tight opening spells to enable spinners Alex Osmond and Harry Clewett to rip out the middle order.
Osmond finished with three for 22 in his four overs with Clewett one for 21 in his four.
Further wickets from Hume and Lumby meant Sheffield tailed off to 109 for six, with opener Mark Cummins 37 not out in 41 balls.
The second semi-final saw Sheffield Collegiate face Hull.
Collegiate batted first and got off to a blistering start with opener Mike Simpson smashing 65, bringing up his 50 in just 19 balls.
Despite this, they were unable to build on their total and could only post 138 all out.
Hull wasted little time chasing down victory as they reached their target in just 17 overs for the loss of one wicket.
Simpson completed a fine match with 53 not out, with Dave Barrick also unbeaten on 54.
With the weather improving, the final was played in sunshine watched by a large crowd.
Hull batted first but never recovered from a disastrous start as Hume and James Osmond shared three early wickets.
Clewett and Alex Osmond then turned the screw tighter as Hull struggled past 50 to finish on 86 for eight in their 20 overs, with Barrick hitting 31.
Faced with such a low total, Cleethorpes batsmen went out to entertain the crowd.
Alex Osmond hammered a quickfire 39 off 26 balls as the home side took just 11.1 overs to reach their target for the loss of four wickets – as the Meggies retained the trophy.
Young 14-year old Market Rasen wicket-keeper Thomas Keast, guesting for Clee, was named man of match after taking two stumpings and a catch.
Many thanks to Chris Broadburn of sponsors E A Broadburn (Chemists) Ltd, who presented the trophy to skipper James Osmond.