JUNIOR CRICKET in Saddleworth is flourishing.
Friarmere under-17’s knocked the opposition for six as they captured the Romida Cup to compensate for finishing runners-up in the league.
To clinch their trophy, Friarmere defeated Stayley by 73 runs in the final.
They made a respectable total of 139 all out, opener Brad Cunningham making a patient 46, before bowling out Stayley for 66, Hatim Javid claiming four wickets for nine runs.
Cunningham was named player of the match for his 46 runs and return of one wicket for six runs from six overs.
Meanwhile, Greenfield landed a double as their under-15’s won the Leicester Shield and under-13’s picked up the Philip Whitehead Trophy.
The under-15’s won the Leicester Shield after defeating Saddleworth in the final by 29 runs to earn their silverware.
Will Wilson made 55 which was almost half of Greenfield’s total of 120 all out.
Saddleworth collapsed from 82 for five to 91 all out, Harrison Lees taking three wickets for nine runs.
There was also silverware for Greenfield under-13’s who won the Philip Whitehead Trophy defeating Stayley in the final.
Stayley made 48 from their 20 overs with Greenfield making 54 for three in reply in 13.2 overs.
Adam Howarth was player of the match as the Greenfield wicket-keeper took three catches and also scored 25 runs.
Elsewhere, Saddleworth Cricket Club’s James Howard starred for Lancashire under 14s who finished third in the Scarborough Festival.
Howard finished the week as Lancashire’s leading run maker with 180 including a top score of 70 not out against Yorkshire.
Meanwhile, there will be a new look to the Versasteel Saddleworth and District League in 2014 with South-West Manchester, Wythenshawe and Whalley Range elected as the league will return to a full complement of 16 clubs for the first time since the 1990’s.
Bamford Fieldhouse won’t be returning after being kicked out of the league for “continued flouting of the rules.”
And Bamford’s season ended on a sour note as they were stripped of their eighth league title after they were deducted 68 points for non payment of fines.
Bamford also lost in the rain-hit final of the LCB Cup at Old Trafford beaten 5-2 by a bowl out at the stumps when play was abandoned.