THE 2001 WYNN CUP FINAL
The late, great Billy Fury sang "Halfway to Paradise" but for Oakworth cricket club the Wynn Cup Final was only one third of the way as they annexed the Ledgard & Wynn Trophy from the hands of cross-valley rivals Haworth. The second successive Worth Valley Cup Final was however not met with marvellous weather as last year. The match started late at 2:15 after Michael Scarborough won a vital toss and asked the Bronte side to bat.
Line and length merchants Kevin Hird and Graham Rankin went to work and Haworth openers Damien Rowell and Alex Austerberry were forced by their accuracy to defend resolutely. Danger man Rowell finally succumbed to the pressure after facing 30 balls for his 3 runs. Rowell's younger brother, Jamie, teamed up with last year's hero Adie Ratcliffe to try and break the "home" side's spell. It was to be a slow process. Together the 3rd wicket pair ground out 23 precious runs for the Haworth cause but fully 22 overs had expired when Ratcliffe returned to the pavilion for 7 caught by Simon Howell in Kevin Hird's last over. For young Rowell it had been a mature, cautious knock although he had swiped Inman for six over mid-on. His 27 over, 80-ball vigil was brought to a close by a Jonny Crossley catch, The Haworth agony was soon ended with the fall of Frank Rowell and Karl Brown both for ducks clean bowled by Inman. Scarborough wrapped the innings up in the 39th over thanks to a catch by Hird.
The Bronte side had defended their Trophy with typical pride but the quality of the Oakworth attack had stopped them in their tracks. Michael Scarborough's four wickets cost just 7 runs in 7.5 overs and Jeff Inman's three were exchanged for 16 in 7. The Haworth side were of course hugely indebted to Jamie Rowell, whose 34 runs were crucial in presenting a target to Oakworth.
The match was watched by yet another 300 plus Worth Valley crowd and every run, catch or wicket was met by warm applause from all around the ground. Oakworth's prolific opening batsmen John Crossley and Robert Hopkinson faced Damien Rowell and Richard Godden and the hopes of the Bronte side were raised when Austerberry snapped up Crossley off Rowell with the scoreboard showing only 4 runs The ground was soaked for the second time and copious barrow-loads of sawdust were scattered across the wicket ends and mopping up operations commenced across the outfield. Oaks classy number 3, Adam Fradley played himself in nicely and settled along side Hopkinson, who took well-timed sixes off both Rowell and Godden. Hopkinson reached 20 and with Fradley taking a fancy to Jamie Rowell's bowling the younger batsman overtook in fine style. A great catch by Frank Rowell gave elder son Damien his second wicket (Hopkinson) but the Oakworth victory was but a whisker away at 51 for 2. Michael Scarborough joined Fradley and finished the match with a glorious six off the younger Rowell.
The magnificent silver Cup was wrested across the valley after only 15.5 overs. Adam Fradley ended the session on 30 not out, his innings including five cracking boundaries. It was a comfortable win but achieved with great determination against the side, which had upset them a year ago. Oakworth deservedly claimed the silverware for only the second time. Michael Scarborough was adjudged man-of-the-match by the Umpires, for his 4 wickets for 7 runs and 8 no but it was youngster Fradley who was chaired from the field. Damien Rowell added 2 for 18 to last year's 6 for 61.Whilst Craven League Secretary Trevor Coe hinted at the possibility of a marvellous treble for Oakworth, the Cure Hill club were having none of it and taking each match as it came knowing too well the pitfalls in the wonderful game of cricket. The club was happy to enjoy victory and take pride in again presenting a well-organised Cup Final.
Haworth 56 all out, Oakworth 60-2
The 2001 Wynn Cup winners: OAKWORTH CC
Wilf Scarborough (Chairman), Cathy Dufey (scorer), Michael Davison, Jeff Inman, Kevin Hird, Jamie Pennington, Adam Fradley, Barry Sayer (Secretary)
Grahm Rankin, Tim Walsh, Michael Scarborough (Capt), Mark Price, Simon Howell, Robert Hopkinson
19 years old Adam Fradley saw the victory through with 30 not out
Michael Scarborough was adjudged man-of-the-match for his 4 wickets for 7 runs