BINGLEY Congs have won the delayed Mewies Solicitors Craven League’s Manorlands Plate final at Oakworth Cricket Club.

Holders Ingrow St John’s battled their way to 104, with Sulman Zakria (26) top-scoring and Ahtasham Raza (18) and Mohammad Rehman (19) also making useful contributions as Jonny Teale took 5-20 off 3.1 overs.

He was well backed up by Josh Zenner (2-19), Steve Broughton (2-20) and Ben Hemsley (1-27).

Aussie Sam Porter (44no) anchored the Beckfoot Lane side’s innings, finishing with a flourish to see his side to the trophy by five wickets in the 17th over.

Skipper Graeme Love made 16, Broughton ten not out and Dave Tarren ten as Sarum Qureshi took 2-27 off four overs and Ali Khalid 2-17 off three.

Oakworth were thanked for their facilities, and umpires Les Gudgeon and Mike Burton were also thanked.

The trophy was presented by league secretary Ann Coe to Love, who said: “It was a good all-round team effort. I felt we were on top throughout, and it was a big relief to get Ronnie Chokununga out first ball as we all know what he is capable of when he gets going.

"All our bowlers kept it controlled and didn’t offer any freebies, and Jonny seemed to keep bowling it on the spot.

"The outfield was still quite damp. Hence the reason I opted to field first. I knew if we could restrict them to below 140 we would have a real chance.

"As it turns out we had them back in the hutch for 104. Andy Blackburn played some nice shots early doors, but when he and Ben Hemsley both got out, we were a tad behind the rate, so I decided to go in and try and up the scoring, which thankfully I did.

"From then on, Sam held the innings together and was well supported by those who came in and batted around him.

"A big thanks to Oakworth for hosting, and to all those Congs players and members who participated and spectated.

"It was nice to get some silverware in the cabinet for the 2017 season, and hopefully this win will give all three of our teams a big boost going into the final couple of weeks."

* The Mewies Solicitors Craven League will again be sending a team to the Nidderdale Show to face a Show XI in a 40 overs per side contest on Monday, September 25.