Wetherby League: Fleetwood Cup kings are in seventh heaven

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BARWICK in Elmet lifted the Fred Fleetwood Cup for the seventh time by beating Great Preston by two wickets in the last over of Sunday’s thrilling final at Saxton.

Brothers Jamie and Nick Swales were important contributors as Barwick stretched their winning run to 11 cup and league matches by repeating their Senior Evening Cup semi-final victory over Preston.

Jamie Swales won the man of the match award after travelling on the day of the match from London where he has recently been transferred in his job as a civil engineer.

Mark Mosby smashed four towering sixes in a rapid 30 as Preston scored 69 runs off the last 10 overs to post 168.

Openers Nick Swales (64) and Matt Prosser (38) gave Barwick’s reply a great start by putting on 86 but they were in trouble when they slumped to 130-7.

James Swales rescued the innings with an unbeaten 27 before Daniel Fitzpatrick hit a winning four with just four balls remaining.

Barwick have the chance to lift two more trophies at Wetherby next Sunday. The first-team face Bilton in Ainsty in the Senior Evening Cup final which will be preceded by the Reserve Evening Cup final between Barwick and St Chad’s second teams.

After a slow start to their Division One campaign, Barwick are bang in form and achieved their sixth straight league victory at Scarcroft on Saturday.

Matthew Wood (49) guided Barwick to a six-wicket success after Fitzpatrick (4-19) and Rob Nicholls (4-49) had toppled Scarcroft for 123.

Great Preston, who were in with a chance of a clean sweep of the league’s three major trophies only three weeks ago, will hope they don’t finish their final Wetherby League campaign empty-handed before they switch to the Central Yorkshire League.

They remain favourites to lift the Division One title after retaining a four-point lead over closest rivals Wetherby by trouncing Old Leodiensians.

Mosby, Ian Newton and Lee Russell each claimed three wickets as Leodiensians were routed for 95, replying to Preston’s 216-9.

Mansoor Hussain grabbed a hat trick in a return of 6-14 and Thomas Hudson and Simon Jackson each struck 40 as Wetherby maintained their challenge with a 63-run victory at Sicklinghall.

Imran Ali (37), Richard Brook (34) and George Barton (3-45) were Sicklinghall’s best performers

Tim Patterson (67), Howard Johnson (39), Ewan Brannan (38 and 3-14) and Richard Kerr (5-32) shone for St Chad’s in a 114-run success at winless bottom side Walton while Connor Carson (5-22) and Bradley Taylor (3-18) were the architects of Shadwell’s six-wicket win at Kirk Deighton. Bilton in Ainsty eased to a six-wicket victory against Old Modernians who were routed for 80 by Ian Hutchison (3-14), his brother Graham (3-21) and Tim Lambert (3-22).

Scholes retained top spot in Division Two by trouncing lowly Whixley who are switching to the Nidderdale League next season.

Martin Finn (5-17) routed Whixley for 109 after Mike Ford’s century had guided Scholes to 280-8, while both Hillam and Church Fenton kept alive their promotion hopes.

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