THIS year’s Andrew Knighton Cup final again provided drama and excitement at the Pillaton ground on Sunday - and a first success in the competition for Moddershall.
It was a clash that saw a young Moddershall side storm back to beat a very strong Penkridge outfit, who only last week secured the Birmingham league division three title.
Batting first, Penkridge scored 224-9 off their alloted 40 overs. Run machine Rana Hassan was at it again with an excellent 68. Tom Hope was the pick of the bowlers for Moddershall with 3-28 off his eight overs.
In reply, Penkridge`s fast bowling professional Muhammad Murad tore through the top top order with three quick wickets.
Moddershall appeared totally out of the game after limping to 61-5. However, it was then that Moddershall professional Kashif Bhatti turned the game on its head with an awesome display of big hitting, his sparkling 116 not out including six maximums.
He was well supported by 15-year-old Hope (42) and together they put on an unbeaten partnership of 165 to take Moddershall home with seven overs to spare.
Bhattit took the man of the man award although Hope ran him very close with his all round display.
This was Moddershall`s first Knighton Cup truimph, while Penkridge have now been runners-up in three of the last four years.
In the NSSCL division one, Moddershall firsts kept alive their promotion hopes with an impressive ten wicket win over visiting Blythe.
Moddershall openers, Fraser Hawkins (107no) and Sam Moores (83no) inflicted the damage after Matt Goodwin (5-48) and Bhatti (4-55) had removed Blythe for 191.
Newly crowned Stone premier league champions Moddershall A defeated last year’s league winners Sandon by three wickets.
Sandon were removed for 112, with Shaukat Bashir taking 6-26. In reply, dave Stones (27no) and Shaun Brian (26no) contributed to the win.
Moddershall seconds lost out to Leycett, the former opening with a score of 106. In reply, Leycett won by three wickets.