Daley express seals T20 success

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BURNMOOR brought a fantastic weekend to a successful close by lifting the Durham Senior League’s T20 Cup in the finals day at Philadelphia yesterday.

Moor began their three-day adventure on Friday night by brushing Eppleton aside in the Armbrister Trophy final, then hammered Norton in the league on Saturday to stay well clear at the top.

The icing on a fairly delicious cake came with a T20 semi-final win over hosts Philadelphia followed by an eight-wicket final defeat of Castle Eden.

Phili gave a great account of themselves in the semi, rattling up 157-9 in their 20 overs. Aussie Rob Johnston looked primed to cause mayhem, hitting a savage 75 which included six fours and five sixes, but the superb bowling of South African Brandon Scullard (5-16) kept Moor in it.

Jimmy Daley gave Moor lift-off in the run chase, cracking four fours and three sixes in his half-century, and with Paul Davidson (39) and Scullard (35no) hitting 10 boundaries between them Burnmoor had the game won in the 19th over.

The second semi between Castle Eden and Marsden was a more sedate affair, Swaru Purkayastha top-scoring with 36 as Castle posted 135-5, and then Phil Winpenny bagging 4-20 as Marsden slumped to 99 all out.

The final between the league’s top two promised fireworks and did not disappoint.

Purkayastha plundered 60, with six fours, as Castle Eden totalled 151-6. Gary Brown took three wickets, while Scullard continued his fine form with an economical 1-16 in his four overs.

Moor then set off brightly, Daley putting on 43 for the first wicket with Owen Lancaster. Lancaster’s departure didn’t slow things down as 102 runs were hammered out for the second wicket before Dave Lowther fell for 42.

That brought Davidson to the wicket. With nine wanted in the last over, he ended the game by blasting the fourth ball over extra cover for a maximum to earn an eight-wicket win. Daley’s unbeaten 75 included four sixes and three fours and made him the day’s top scorer.

H Chester-le-Street won the ECB National T20 Cup Northern Area Final. Great Ayton made 135-7, but Andrew Bell’s unbeaten 60 steered Chester home by eight wickets.

 The Cestrians’ second team also lifted silveware, overcoming Newcastle by 123 runs in the Banks Bowl Final.