North Crawley double up

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It came down to the final over as North Crawley capped off their season with a dramatic victory in the Wolverton Cup on Sunday.

Having sealed the Four Counties Division 1 championship for the fourth time in a row, Richard Bryce’s men went into the tournament final with Westcroft keen to do the double, finishing off the perfect season.

The final is played through two 15-over innings for each side. North Crawley won the toss and elected to bowl, but it appeared to be the wrong choice.

Westcroft’s Mustafa Iqbal hit a swashbuckling 21 from 16 balls as they set 103-9 after their first knock.

And it proved to be a very convincing total, especially with Iqbal John taking control with the ball. His four-over spell reaped 5-21 as North Crawley were skittled for 83.

Four wickets apiece from Dean Bryce (4-23) and Ian Gillam (4-16) looked good on the surface, but Westcroft cruised to 107-9 from their last innings, leaving Crawley the huge task of needing 127 in their final knock to lift the trophy. Harry Singh was the top performer for Westcroft, hitting 35 from 32.

It would need something special for North Crawley to lift the Wolverton Cup, but Alex Walker, who scored 801 runs in the regular season, got them off to a good start with 32, with Glenn Young too adding 25 at the top.

Runs were coming regularly for Crawley, but it came down to the final over. Needing three from the final two balls, Pete Barnes (39*) hit the winning runs with a ball to spare to secure the victory.