Copley complete final victory

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Copley thirds completed the job nine days after they started it at Rastrick last night to lift the Rod Warhurst Cup for the first time.

Naz Hussain’s side registered a comfortable 36-run success over favourites Lightcliffe in the Foster’s Halifax League Sunday Section Cup final.

The match had been blighted by bad weather, with play on Sunday, July 5 washed out after Copley had made 226 for six with good knocks from Nathan Bizley (57), Chris Kessie (46) and Tom Hammond (45).

The players had returned to Round Hill in vain on the following two Mondays but the weather was excellent for last night’s 6pm resumption.

However, Lightcliffe struggled from the start, losing an early wicket and always being well behind the required run rate.

They stumbled to 43 for four in the 17th over and were 58 for five at the half-way point of their innings as the Copley bowlers applied a stranglehold.

At 104 for six with 10 overs left it looked all over but Sam Kalanovic launched a late Lightcliffe revival.

Batting with a runner due to a pulled hamstring, he hit an unbeaten 68 not out to take the man of the match award.

Liam Holmes (46) provided solid support but an asking rate of 11 an over was always going to be too much and Copley were able to celebrate winning the first senior Halifax trophy of the summer.

Copley were continuing the club’s run of success after the firsts won the Parish Cup and Twenty/20 competitions last year.

COPLEY 226 for six

J Allingan b Edwards 5

C Kessie b Pickles 46

N Bizley run out 57

T Hammond c Booth b Hassan 45

C Hallwood lbw b Pickles 5

N Hussain c Holmes b Pickles 3

T Hammond not out 24

K Braham not out 17

Extras 19

Bowling: S Kalanovic 8 0 55 0, R Edwards 6 0 24 1, S Hassan 8 0 43 1, A Kennedy 8 0 35 0, J Pickles 8 0 43 3, J Broadbent 2 0 15 0.

LIGHTCLIFFE 190 for six

B Lunn c Kessie b Braham 10

J Booth c Allingan b Braham 0

K Booth c Kessie b Hallwood 13

J Broadbent b Hammond 11

C Saunders b Hallwood 0

L Holmes c Kessie b Hussain 46

J Pickles c sub b Hoyle 12

S Kalanovic not out 68

R Kennedy not out 5

Extras 25

Bowling: J Allingan 6 1 11 0, K Braham 8 0 23 2, C Hallwood 5 1 20 2, T Hammond 6 1 18 1, J Hoyle 6 0 37 1, A Hussain 6 0 49 1, N Bizley 3 0 25 0.