Blackhall CC bash Bishop Auckland to lift Brunton Cup

Blackhall (fielding) V Richmondshire.
Blackhall (fielding) V Richmondshire.

BLACKHALL’S brilliant season just got even better after lifting the Brunton Cup.

The NYSD First Division promotion hopefuls crushed Bishop Auckland by eight wickets in a Johann Lezama-dominated final.

Hall skipper Matt Wilkinson won the toss and had no hesitation asking Bishops to bat first.

But when Auckland openers Craig George (70) and Ellis Horner (37) went along at a run a ball, Bishops will not have complained.

Horner was the first to go with the score on 97 with the other three wickets going at the death, Lezama taking 3-19 from his four overs.

It was a final where bat dominated ball and, just Bishops had done, Hall’s openers gave their team the perfect start.

Wilkinson set the tempo with six four and two sixes in a 25-ball 51 before being bowled by Daniel Mahaffrey with the score on 73.

Paul Moss departed five runs later for 23 but that simply left the stage open for Lezama, who hit 43 in 23 balls, including four sixes.

Neil Whitworth provided excellent support with an unbeaten 23 at better than a run a ball as Blackhall romped home by eight wickets with 4.2 overs to spare.

Blackhall made it a special weekend by staying top of the NYSD First Division with a three-wicket win over Richmondshire.

There seemed to be no hangover from their cup glory as Johann Lezama knocked over three of the Richmond top four in the first hour at Welfare Park.

But the North Yorkshire side had batting talent, Nathan Wright (73), Breadley Elsworth (27) and Owen Kelly (56) the basis of their 206 all out.

It set a challenging total though it could have been bigger but for Masood Mirza running through the tail with 4-33 inside 13 good overs.

Just like the cup triumph, Blackhall’s top batters earned their corn

Skipper Matt Wilkinson (40) and Paul Moss (30) put on a half-century for the first wicket.

But the star of the show was number three Neil Whitworth, who held the home innings together with an undefeated 77.

When Lezama, Callum Bowman, Naeem Feroz and Masood Mirza all fell for a combined figure of six, it looked more than a little hairy for Blackhall especially with Michael Platt (5-51) running riot..

But enter Jack Ward who joined Whitworth in the middle and blasted 41 priceless runs.

The former skipper departed before the close, but Connor Crute came in to help Whitworth take Hall over the finishing line on 209-7 with 3.4 overs in hand.