Golcar V Elland

ROMIDA SYKES CUP FINAL

Aug 10 2009

GOLCAR v ELLAND

GOLCAR

Sykes c Buckley b Thornton 41
Whitwam c Fletcher b Scott 64
Horner not out 82
Ruscoe c Finn b Rhodes 12
Illingworth b Scott 18
Robshaw b Robinson 7
Fawcett not out 5

50 overs
Total (for 5)239

Rhodes 11-4-41-1, Fletcher 6-1-26-0, Thornton 12-1-40-1, Raja 9-1-41-0, Buckley 3-0-18-0, Scott 7-0-56-2, Robinson 2-0-11-1.

ELLAND

Scott lbw b Hilliard10
Finn lbw b Whitwam 46
Robinson c Pamment b Hinchliffe 1
Baxter b Hinchliffe 79
Buckley c Pamment b Horner 0
Whiteoak c and b Whitwam 3
Raja c Illingworth b Horner 3
Thornton c Fawcett b Whitwam 12
Fletcher c Sub b Whitwam 32
Shackcloth b Whitwam 4
Rhodes not out 0

49.1 overs
Total 205
Hilliard 13-2-43-1, Hinchliffe 13.1-2-54-2, Whitwam 15-3-58-5, Horner 8-0-40-2.

Umpires: Barrie Dyson (Slaithwaite) and Steven Bartholomew (Fenay Bridge).

GOLCAR ended an 89-year wait to put their name on the famous old Sykes Cup after a fabulous 34-run win over Elland in the final at sun-kissed Honley yesterday.

Before a massive crowd of around 1,500 (probably the biggest since the glory days when the final was always staged at the old Fartown ground) Golcar defied the underdogs tag to produce a tremendous win and grab the Romida-backed trophy for the first time in the club’s history.

Having won the toss, Golcar skipper Ashley Pamment not surprisingly chose to bat first and was rewarded by watching his opening pair James Sykes and Steve Whitwam put together a cautious, but match-defining century stand which set up the perfect platform. Danny Rhodes and Craig Fletcher bowled very tight in the first dozen overs with Golcar having made just 16 off the first 10, which was remarkably when Whitwam got off the mark! When Rhodes and Fletcher made way for the all-spin attack of James Thornton and Shahid Raje, Golcar’s pair were still in circumspect mode, and by the halfway mark had reached exactly 50.
But things changed dramatically.
Whitwam hoisted Thornton for six and followed up with another off Raje next over and his continued acceleration brought him his own 50 in the 29th over before he welcomed leg-spinner Greg Buckley into the attack by belting him for another maximum off his first ball.
The run-fest carried on a pace as the openers scored the next 50 in just six overs before Elland finally made the breakthrough, when Sykes (41) was caught by Buckley at deep mid-on off the bowling of Thornton at 106-1 in the 33rd over.
But with the perfect platform built, in strode Craig Horner who immediately showed his intent by hoisting Thornton into the adjacent gardens for a big six. Whitwam fell in the 35th over, caught by Fletcher off new bowler Sam Scott for a well-made 64, which included three sixes and four fours, but if Elland thought it would slow the Swallow Lane side down they were quickly mistaken as Horner launched a barrage of big shots. And he was not alone as Craig Ruscoe blazed a six and Mickey Illingworth four fours in a quickfire 18.

But it was Horner who really laid into Elland finishing unbeaten with 82, comprising seven fours and three sixes made from just 42 deliveries as Golcar put on a massive 189 runs in the second 25 overs to post a very useful 239-5 target.

Scott was the only Elland bowler to take more than a single wicket, but his two victims cost him 56 runs from only seven overs. Scott then opened Elland’s batting with wicketkeeper Greg Finn, and they too began steadily but after progressing to 32 without looking in any difficulty Golcar’s Australian seamer Ben Hilliard claimed the first leg before decision of the day to remove Scott for 10.
However, the crucial wicket came in the 15th over, when Will Hinchliffe found the edge of Elland skipper Ryan Robinson’s bat and his opposite number Pamment snapped up a sharp low catch at first slip.
New batsman Lee Baxter launched a couple of searing straight drives for four to bring up Elland’s 50, but the introduction of spin duo Whitwam and Horner put a brake on the scoring, especially Finn, who had looked more at ease with the pace attack.
Elland were gradually slipping behind the clock, and Whitwam inflicted further damage by trapping Finn leg before in the 33rd over for 46 (five fours). And in the next over Horner removed the dangerous Buckley who skied a delivery only to see the safe hands of Pamment pull off another good catch the ball coming over his shoulder.

Richard Whiteoak and Raje both came and went pretty quickly to the spin pair, and it was only when young Fletcher came out and smashed two sixes and three fours in great flurry which brought 32 runs in no time, that Elland saw a glimmer of hope.
But he then tried one big hit too many and was well held by substitute fielder Liam Rothery to give Whitwam his fourth wicket, which he quickly followed up with a fifth when bowling Jonathan Shackcloth.
In the meanwhile, Baxter had moved smoothly through his half-century and into the seventies, but (Fletcher apart) it was a lone effort, and he was the last man out, bowled by the returning Hinchliffe for a battling 79 (eight fours and two sixes) as Elland were dismissed for 205.
Thongsbridge chairman Alan Moore awarded the man-of-match to Horner for his brilliant knock, while Mrs Anne Richardson (on behalf of sponsors Romida) presented the Cup to winning skipper Ashley Pamment.
“It’s fantastic for Golcar, and I’m just so delighted for everyone at the club,” said Pamment.

“It is a momentous day for the club, and I think the party will go on all week!”