Forge Valley cruise to Home Guard Sunday Cup final win

Forge Valley 3rds batsman Tim Farrant. Picture by Andrew Higgins   sn122271a
Forge Valley 3rds batsman Tim Farrant. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122271a

Forge Valley 3rds secured a 63-run win in the Home Guard Sunday Cup final against Ganton 2nds - despite a stunning display from 13-year-old Ganton bowler Robbie Milner.

The teenager finished with figures of 7-26 - despite Valley posting a testing 166-9 - which was enough to earn him the man of the match award.

The Ayton side, who were playing at their club’s main ground at Wilson’s Lane, got off to a great start thanks to opener Tim Farrant, who struck 37, and number three batsman Eric Hall, who hit a fine 51, the pair sharing a 75-run partnership.

Sam Boyes added 22 as division A outfit Valley reached 166-9 from their 30 overs.

In reply, division C side Ganton 2nds struggled against good bowling from Valley, but John Bannister, 20, Liam Cousins, 23, Mark Leeson, 16, and Greg Cousins, 19no, all trying their best to keep their side in touch. Milner was last man out on the last ball of the 30th over - Ganton ending on 103 all out.

Leighton Bailey was the pick of the Valley attack with 4-19, while his skipper - and fellow ex-Commercial team-mate - Sean Pinder scooped 2-21.

Umpires Stuart Barker and Robin Boddy chose Milner as the man of the match, sponsored by Home Guard Club, with Brian Judson, secretary of the Home Guard Club, presenting the trophies at the end of the game.

Thanks were given to all the groundstaff at Valley for getting the game ready after it was flooded only a few days before the final.

The final of the Atlas Ward Cup, which was cancelled due to bad weather on Wednesday between Sherburn 2nds and Forge Valley 3rds, will now be played on Thursday August 2 at Staxton CC, 6pm start.