Super Delph defend Twenty20 title in style

DELPH RETAINED their Drakes Huddersfield League’s Total Indoor Cricket Solutions Twenty20 Trophy in style.

They won at Armitage Bridge, who had home advantage in the final, by nine wickets.

The home side were bowled out for 81 and Delph reached the total for the loss of only one wicket, with Nathan Jones’ 21 and three wickets for 26 earning him the man-of-the-match award.

Delph, second in the league, are looking to finish the season strongly as they pursue runaway leaders and big-spending Hoylandswaine.

Captain Andy Gleave is delighted with his side’s spirit after their remarkable 20-month unbeaten run came to an abrupt end in June.

They won the Huddersfield League’s treble in 2016 when they didn’t lose a match in any of the competitions – something that had never previously been done.

Delph began the current campaign unbeaten until June when they suddenly lost three successive league matches and crashed out of two cup competitions in the space of six games.

Gleave said: “The losing run was tough to take and knocked our confidence, but the lads have bounced back and we are on a good run again.

“We were never going to emulate last season, but we set out to win at least one trophy which we have done.

“If we finish second in the league and win a trophy, it has not been a bad season.”

Gleave added the Huddersfield League is much stronger this season.

“Last season sides at the bottom struggled, but this time they have been turning over top teams and pushing them all the way,” he explained.

Gleave added the team has lacked the stability from last season which hasn’t helped their cause.

Key players Chris Laker and Greg Buckley left at the end of last season while this time overseas player Shreevats Goswami returned to India early as he was home sick.

Lancashire’s Arron Lilley has not been available as frequently while Old Trafford team-mate Luke Proctor cut short his stay at the club to join Bootle.

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