St Margaret’s cricketers impressively retained the Tony Banks’ Memorial Trophy for the fourth year running on a perfect July evening at Otley Cricket Club.
With a substantial congregation patronising the pavilion bar Otley chose to bat first. The Otley “ringer” from Ben Rhydding launched a few into the Rugby Club to get the hosts off to a positive start but in perfect batting conditions a large target needed to be set.
The run rate was adequate, but with a very short leg side boundary batting at the pavilion end runs should have been easy to come by. When the Otley run rate should have accelerated it gradually lost momentum.
Young Toby Betts opened the bowling with his contemporary Andrew Rabbage at the other end. Both deservedly collected a wicket bowling with pace and verve on their St Margaret’s debuts.
Pennett came on at the end to collect another two (including the Vicar’s wicket with stumps flying!), and with Betts Snr conceding only 4 runs off his two overs, and Gray Snr only 7 from his, the total of 133-4 after 20 overs looked a very conservative lead.
St Margaret’s immediately scored at a much quicker rate to some fairly indifferent bowling. Young Charlie Pilling played some exquisite leg side strokes to collect his 26 before retiring.
Chris Ramage collected 14 before playing the “Chinese cut” onto his own stumps. Nigel Cork showed a brutal accuracy in smashing his way 26 in quick time. Betts Snr and Junior (16 not out) then brought St Margaret’s to the verge of the winning line with Lovell rounding things off. St Margaret’s had over seven overs and seven wickets to spare in an ultimately one-sided contest.
Man of the Match went to Toby Betts who showed all of his potential on his St Margaret’s debut. Val Banks presented the Trophy to our delighted team, along with their regular umpire David White.