Cowling Cup final is shared after tie

Embsay's John Metcalfe shared the man of the match award after scoring 46 and taking 5-24

Embsay's John Metcalfe shared the man of the match award after scoring 46 and taking 5-24

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The second attempt to settle the outcome of the Mewies Solicitors Craven League's Cowling Cup final ended with Wilsden and Embsay II sharing the trophy after a dramatic tie at Denholme.

There has never been a tie in the final in the history of the second-team cup competition before, and when both captains asked the league to allow them to share the silverware rather than have a replay this week, officials were happy to let them do so.

Newly-crowned Division Four champions Wilsden were asked to bat first.

Under-17 star Ben Whitfield made 32 as the score reached 70-3 in the 20th over. The rest of the innings revolved around Shahid Mahmood.

As partners perished, he tried to farm the bowling and finished with 63 not out, which included four massive sixes as the Windy Grove side totalled 130 in 39.2 overs. John Metcalfe finished with 5-24.

The Shires Lane side got off to a calamitous start, losing their first four wickets for just 11 runs.

Skipper Simon Holt staged a mini-recovery with Jonathan Coward, which saw the score reach 36 where he perished for nine.

Coward went for 28 to make it 70-6 in the 24th over. Metcalfe looked to be carrying the holders to victory but he was out for 46 (three sixes and two fours) at 118.

Under-13 skipper Elliott Stockton showed great calmness under the circumstances as he nudged the score to 125, where Robin Youngman perished.

In the next three overs the last pair managed to get the scores level but, with the first ball of the 44th over, Ben Jagger bowled Stockton for 11.

Jagger finished with 3-14, Greenwood 3-30 and Mahmood 3-34.

The Willis Walker man of the match trophy was shared between Mahmood and Metcalfe.

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