Shakil stars with bat and ball as Cayton seal cup success

Cayton 3rds celebrate winning the Murray Brown and Son Cup at Flixton. Picture: Steve Lilly.
Cayton 3rds celebrate winning the Murray Brown and Son Cup at Flixton. Picture: Steve Lilly.
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Shakil Iqbal produced some magic with both bat and ball to help Cayton 3rds lift the Murray Brown and Son Cup at Flixton last night.

Ganton 2nds won the toss and elected to bat, but had a poor start when they lost two batsman to needless run outs, and without opener Dan Reardon scoring 31 runs along with four extras, the Ganton score would have looked very poor indeed with 10 batsmen contributing just 22 runs in their total of 57 all out.

Iqbal grabbed figures of 2-24, veteran Trevor Davies chipped in with 2-20, captain Darren Jones was in form with cherry as he took 2-6, and Ian Wright also weighed in with 1-7 as Ganton collapsed.

In reply Cayton lost two early wickets to the bowling of Jake Sarup, 2-13, but then a 50-run partnership between Iqbal, 25 not out, and Will Wood, 18 not out, took them through very comfortably to win by eight wickets.

Flixton CC were thanked for the use of their excellent ground for the final, as were the umpires Tim Farrant and Pete Wannop.

Thanks were also expressed to the scorers as well as sponsors of the cup Murray Brown and Son of Flixton.

Mel Brown, owner of Muuray Brown and Son, then presented the awards to all players and the winning cup to Cayton 3rds captain Jones.

The man of the match award adjudicated by the umpires went to Iqbal for his all round performance with bat and ball.