Friendly cup match to celebrate anniversary

Les Wiles presents the Endley Cup to Sewerby captain Matt Rusbridge-Burns.
Les Wiles presents the Endley Cup to Sewerby captain Matt Rusbridge-Burns.

Barmston entertained Sewerby to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the formation of the two village cricket teams.

Barmston chairman Les Wiles kindly offered the prestigious Endley Cup to the victors, the game being played over 30 overs with each player having to bowl three overs and batting retirements at 30 runs.

Sewerby won the toss and put Barmston in to bat on a bowler-friendly wicket.

Barmston openers John Searby (21) and Lyndon Warkup (20) made a steady start against some tight bowling from Sewerby.

The breakthrough came with the introduction of spin from the wily Ben Stubley who took two quick wickets.

Only Rob Searby (28 not out) showed resistance against the accuracy of the Sewerby bowlers.

Barmston ended their 30 overs on a competitive 110/9.

After a welcome tea interval, the Sewerby batsman got off to a good start with R Bartram Snr (24) finding some form with the bat.

Good contributions from the middle order pushed Sewerby passed the 111 runs needed to win in the 22nd over with five wickets remaining.

James Faulkner showed his talent with an excellent 33 retired and Cam Rusbridge-Burns (22 not out) who retired and then reappeared at the end, as the game was prolonged to enable all batsmen and bowlers to take part.

The game was played in great spirit by both teams, highlights being Rob Searby’s reaction catch to dismiss Calvin Roche and Louis Atkinson’s one-handed diving catch to dismiss John Badman.

After the game, Wiles presented the Endley Cup to Sewerby captain Matt Rusbridge-Burns.

Warm thanks from Sewerby Cricket Club to Barmston, especially the officials and helpers who put on such a great day for players and spectators alike, and to the Black Bull for supper after the game.

It was agreed that this this should be become an annual event on the local cricketing calendar.