A swashbuckling unbeaten 67 from Robin Richardson wrapped up a swift nine-wicket win for Great Habton in the Home Guard Sunday Cup final against fellow Derwent Valley League division A side Muston at Forge Valley CC.
Left-hander Richardson smacked 10 fours and three sixes, his final six securing victory with 16.5 overs and nine wickets to spare in a one-sided affair.
Muston were dismissed for 105 from 29 of their 30 overs, George Lumley and teenager Jordan Allenby snapping up three wickets apiece for the Ryedale side.
Opening bowler Will Curtis did superbly to finish with two wickets for only four runs from his six overs, while Liam Allenby and Jack Hall took 1-15 and 1-16 respectively as Muston struggled to gain any momentum with the bat.
George Lumley took 3-31 and the promising Jordan Allenby 3-28 as Muston collapsed from 79-4 to 105 all out.
Opener Phil Marr was the highest scorer for Muston with a determined 35, and although Ian Norris hit George Lumley for a six and two fours off his three balls, the bowler soon had his revenge as the next delivery sent the bails crashing.
After Marr the next highest scorer for Muston was extras with 19.
Skipper John Lumley hit South African slow bowler Barry Anderson for an early four to state Habton’s intentions in the first over, but later in the over the right-hander was guilty of chasing a wide offside delivery, snicking the ball through to the diving Phil Robson. This was a very faint edge, but the batsman sportingly walked before the umpire had chance to give a decision.
This brought Richardson to the crease and he soon annihilated the Muston bowling attack, smacking the ball to all part of the Ayton ground, right-hander Jimmy Beadle playing his part in a second-wicket stand of 104 in just 13 overs.
The Home Guard Sunday Cup was presented to the winning skipper John Lumley by Home Guard Club president Graham Newbould, and the Frank Calvert Cup handed to Muston captain Gary Hanson.
Richardson was chosen as man of the match by the umpires Tim Farrant and Pete Wannop, who also prepared the Valley wicket, and Newbould presented the left-hander with his trophy.
Result: Great Habton 108-1 (R Richardson 67no, J Beadle 27no) beat Muston 105 (P Marr 35, J Allenby 3-28, G Lumley 3-31, W Curtis 2-4) by nine wickets.