Colliery miss the rub of the ‘Green in Billy Oates cup final

Shiregreen's Adeeb Hussain and Marshall Zeeshan with the Billy Oates Cup, after beating Kilnhurst in the final.
Shiregreen's Adeeb Hussain and Marshall Zeeshan with the Billy Oates Cup, after beating Kilnhurst in the final.

Kilnhurst Colliery were denied a second successive Billy Oates Cup success when they were beaten by a spirited Shiregreen side in a fiesty final.

Kilnhurst, who defeated Wath in last season’s final, reached the showpiece again - held at Shiregreen’s Hatfield House Lane ground - after a semi-final victory over Adwick-Le-Street.

And after winning the toss and electing to bowl, Kilnhurst skipper Dave Plummer would have been confident of lifting the trophy when he removed both Shiregreen openers, Marshall Zeeshan and Eric Robinson, with just 45 on the board.

A partnership of 59 between Hamzah Younis and Sanjeet Bassi put Shiregreen back on track, before the latter was dismissed for 23 by the lively youngster Curtis Horbury (2-30).

Younis was unperturbed by the dismissal, however, and carried Shiregreen to a competitive total of 219 all out with an impressive 77 off 81 balls, including five fours and three massive sixes.

Matthew Bacon was the pick of the Kilnhurst bowlers, returning figures of 3-53 from his 7.1 overs at the death.

In Kilnhurst’s reply, Plummer and opening partner Steve Newton made a steady start, before Torick Akram removed both; Plummer’s wicket followed by a verbal exchange between batsman and bowler.

Number four Daniel Whitehouse took 53 balls for his 7 before he was bowled for 7 by Shiregreen skipper Adeeb Hussain, and Kilnhurst’s last seven wickets fell for just 39 runs as they collapsed from 54-3 to 93 all out.

Akram finished with figures of 2-17 from his 5 overs, and there were two wickets apiece for Azar Shabere and Aamer Khan, but Asif Maqbool was the star man, taking three wickets for just five runs from his 2.4 overs.