THE SOFT-BALL PAIRS CUP

10-aside soft-ball  Pairs Format [founded 2016]

CROSSFLATTS ARE SEVENTH DIFFERENT PAIRS CUP WINNERS IN SEVEN YEARS

A lovely sunny morning at Cullingworth swung into action with Great Horton Church Soft-ballers winning the toss and choosing to bat. First pair Hamza Gul and Deshan Gaurav were steady picking off just 1 run but Deeshan lost a wicket caught by Crossflatts skipper Oliver Pennington for Arya Raval. Unays Ahmed and Imaad Ijaz fared better with 8 runs but again wickets fell to Heidi Rae Bailey and Arya. Third pair Rohaan Hafiz  and Abbas Bashir crafted another 7 runs but Abbas lost his wicket to Louis Haigh. Asim Bashir and Mo Kamil Muy Udin stepped the scoring up to 10 runs. This time it was Ralph Bell who claimed a scalp. With hopes high from the final pair [Aadam Bashir & Rayyan Malik] were scuppered by quick bowling from Louis Haigh who grabbed another3 wickets with an additional one for Captain Pennington. All in all Great Horton Church had lost too many wickets costing them 45 runs to conclude at 212-9. Louis Haigh had a remarkable 4-8 in his 3 overs, with Arya Raval taking 2-7.

The Crossflatts innings began in better style with openers Sam Wilkinson smashing a terrific 15with partner Kavi Reddy on 3 [out once]. Betsy Wilkinson & Arya Raval chipped in 4 runs [one out]. Then keeper Dougie Lunn added an unbowed 11 with Ava Tarren to accelerate the Crossflatts lead. But that precluded a mini-collapse as Deeshan Gaurav picked off 2 wickets and Muy Uddin had Oliver Peenington caught followed by further wickets for Asim Bashir and a run out. Suddenly the game was more in balance with Ralph Bell and Louis Haigh the last pair. They added 8 runs for 1 out to maintain their healthy lead of 19 runs at 231-8.

Crossflatts became the seventh team to win the Pairs Cup in seven years and the Umpires decision to name Louis Haigh as man of the Match was warmly received.

Year venue winners photo detail
2022 Harden Gt Horton Church 212-9 [57-9], Crossflatts 231-8 [71-8]
2021 Grassington Settle 225-9 [70-9], U Wharfedale 228-10 [78-10]
2020 Grassington Gt Horton Church 250-4 [70-4], U Wharfedale 211-8 [51-8]
2019 Skipton Oakworth 248-4 [68-4], Steeton 221-13 [86-13]
2018 Skipton Earby 266-7 [101-7], Skipton  230-6 [60-6]
2017 Settle Settle 233-0 [33-0], Earby 186-8 [26-8]
2016 Skipton Skipton 246-5 [71-5], Settle 159-14 [29-14]