Apperknowle lift the Winston Cup

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The semi-finals and final of the Winston Cup (the league’s Twenty20 knockout competition) took place at Millhouses Park, home of Millhouses Works CC.

The first semi-final saw Apperknowle take on the second division champions Stocksbridge.

This proved to be a tight game. Apperkowle batting first made 81-9 from their overs. This modest score proved to be enough as Stocksbridge in reply fell four runs short at 77-6 in an exciting contest.

The second semi-final saw new league champions Holmesfield take on third placed Parkhead. Batting first Holmesfield totalled 112-6.

Again this modest total proved to be too much as Parkhead could only muster 98-8 in reply.

The final was thus a clash between the league’s top and bottom teams.

It proved to be a major surprise. Holmesfield batting first made a useful 130-7, with skipper Jimmy Pearson again amongst the runs hitting a fine 81.

Apperknowle made a superb reply reaching their target at 131-7 in the penultimate over to claim the trophy.

Their chief run makers were John Bagley with 42 and Phil Loughlin 38.