Scalby 3rds retain Murray Brown Cup despite Rennison’s best efforts

Scalby 2nds retained the Murray Brown Cup after beating Cayton 3rds at Flixton tonight. Pictures by Steve Lilly.

Scalby 2nds retained the Murray Brown Cup after beating Cayton 3rds at Flixton tonight. Pictures by Steve Lilly.

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Scalby 3rds edged out Cayton 3rds to retain the Murray Brown Cup at Flixton tonight.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl first, Scalby’s opening duo of Tom Hendry and Perrie Bunton were stifled by Cayton’s Tom Poor and Shaun Rennison, who started the innings off in solid fashion.

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Cayton moved onto 46-0 from their first 10 overs before skipper Jack Boddy bowled Poor for 19 and the Cayton innings started to crumble.

Boddy had a huge shout ignored the very next ball as Ian Wright survived, but he was on his way back to the pavilion for a second-ball duck after Boddy pinned him lbw with his next cherry.

Rennison continued to lead the Cayton charge, hitting consecutive fours off Scalby veteran Darrell Morley but the wily slow bowler was soon in the wickets as he removed Steve Roswald and Simon Stubbs for one and 0 respectively.

Scalby had their chance to remove the dangerous Rennison, but his tame drive straight to Hendry at mid-off was dropped.

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Despite missing the chance, Hendry quickly fired into wicketkeeper Nathan Barber, who ran out Jonny Best, who hadn’t face a ball.

Cayton continued to lose wickets as Morley managed to hold onto a chance at long on despite juggling the initial chance to remove Daz Jones.

Rennison went to his half-century, but not without controversy after what looked like a strong run-out appeal, umpire Pete Wannop ignoring the appeals before Rennison pulled to the midwicket boundary for four to go past 50.

The wickets of Rich Poor and Damon Cook both fell to bowled to Nabeel Hussain and Cayton ended on 95-8, Rennison the main man of their innings with an unbeaten 62.

Scalby opener Steve Shannon made his intentions clear when he smashed Chris Pearson over the pavilion for a huge maximum off the third ball of the first over of their reply, promptly hitting him over the fence again from the following delivery.

Shannon departed, caught and bowled brilliantly by Pearson, but skipper Boddy steadied the ship and helped Scalby to 58-1 until Phil Perry departed, bowled by Simon Stubbs.

Swashbuckling middle-order batsman Paul Danby launched two sixes to help Scalby onto 87-2 before skipper Boddy fittingly hit the winning runs as he ended on 34 not out with Danby unbeaten on 19.

Cayton’s Rennison was named man of the match and presented his award by sponsor Mel Brown of Murray Brown & Co.