Oriel cruise to cup success

Oriel lifted the Atlas Ward Structures Cup on Thursday night when they charged to an eight-wicket victory against Great Habton at Staxton CC.

On a night for the bat wielders, Oriel were just too powerful for their Derwent Valley League division A rivals, who certainly weren’t aided by a clumsy bowling attack.

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Habton batted first, but they suffered an early blow when Robin Richardson fell early doors.

Fellow opener John Lumley went onto strike a composed 63 before being caught on the boundary off the bowling of Paul Greenhough.

Number three Willie Piercy also got stuck in, putting on a stand of 47 with John Lumley, though he was finally dismissed by the slow bowling of Josh McNeil.

Mark Haines (20) and George Lumley (11) added a quickfire partnership to bring the 20 overs to a close with 139-4 posted on the scorers’ hut.

Lacking chief wicket taker Will Curtis, who was working away, the Habton attack failed to cope with the solid batting of McNeil and Adam Robertshaw.

The former went on to tally 44 before losing his wicket to a nippy delivery, Robertshaw (42) lasted a little longer, though he was also found out trying to push Oriel over the winning line.

This feat was finally achieved by Paul Greenhough (16no) and skipper Jamie Haxby (6no), who went on to collect the cup from Atlas Ward’s finance director Darrell Ward.

Habton’s dreams may have been curtailed by the 28 extras, including a wide-filled over that gave Oriel’s run-chase a comfortable boost.