Stony lift Cup at Wolverton

Stony Stratford win Wolverton Cup
Stony Stratford win Wolverton Cup

Stony Stratford 2nds surprised even themselves after beating reigning champions North Crawley to lift the Wolverton Cup.

Contested over two innings of 15 eight-ball overs, Stony won the toss and batted first.

Steve Wharton hit a brilliant 36, while Mike Avery’s 29 added impetus to the Stony innings, which was finished off in positive style by James Bell, who ended his knock unbeaten on 35. For Crawley, Dean Bryce and Steve Sharpe both grabbed two wickets each.

Crawley would probably have settled for the initial target set for them but ended up finishing 17 runs short at the end of the first innings following an excellent bowling and fielding display from Stony.

Crawley were indebted to Pete Barnes 61 on their way to 112. Aaron Ashton (2-30) and Steve Richardson (1-8) bowled impressively for Stony.

After the break, Crawley made the decision to ask Stony to bat again and thanks mainly to a fine 63 from Wharton, they posted 125-4. Wharton’s knock would prove decisive and with with fellow opener Andy Miller (29) he put on 80 for the first wicket.

Crawley would need 144 in their final innings. The dangerous Alex Walker though fell in the opening ball of the innings putting Crawley against the ropes. The impressive Barnes was again in form second time around, but when he fell for 26, Stony sensed an upset.

Andrew Ellemore took 3-21 as Crawley were bowled out for 96, relinquishing their hold on the Cup as Stony celebrated their 46 run triumph.