Unsworth claim runners-up spot in Tom Hardman's T20 contest

BOUNDARY Alex Blake

BOUNDARY Alex Blake

First published in Sport

Unsworth Cricket Club hosted the Tom Hardman Twenty20 finals at the weekend.

The home side played Werneth CC in the first semi-final with Norden playing Monton & Weaste in the other.

A far from ideal start saw the Unsworth top order give way as Werneth pro Zimmy Khan took three quick wickets with the score at 18-4.

Some good rebuilding from captain and professional Chris Williams (33) assisted by Aman Arora and Abid Fazil saw the Dragons to 86-7 with three overs remaining.

Alex Blake (17) and Jack O’Brien (14) finished the innings with a bang, both hitting boundaries to end Unsworth’s innings at 119-8.

In reply, Werneth never really got going. Alex Blake claimed the catch-of-the-day, while Liam Richards’ and Mohammed Jengahir’s spin brought the game home, each taking three wickets as Werneth crumbled to 64 all out.

Norden batted first in the final with Hashim Malik making 51 from just 40 balls.

Professional Daniel Salpietro also hit 35 before Jon Wiggans removed both batsmen as Unsworth restricted their opposition to 142-5 from 20 overs.

The Dragons started their innings at a good pace but Simon North removed Williams with the score at 51-5, and the hosts were bowled out for 87.

The Stags claimed the Tom Hardman trophy with a 55-run win.

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