AFTER months of hard-fought action, Tring Park have been crowned 2011 Gazette Cup champions.
In an eagerly-anticipated final at Leverstock Green’s Bedmond Road ground, Tring put in a stylish display to see off hosts Levy and take the Adex-sponsored title.
Tring were inspired by talismanic spin-bowler and captain Richard Yates, whose four wickets helped him to the man of the match accolade and put his side in a strong position to secure the victory.
“It was quite a close and hotly-contested game but we were relatively confident and everything went as I’d have liked it,” said Yates.
“We knew the pitch would have a part to play so we went in with three spinners.”
Yates finished with figures of 4-22, but insisted the whole team played their part in the win.
“I was pleased with my performance but it was a real team effort and everyone did well,” he said.
Batting first in front of a big crowd, Levy got off to a fair start and set a target of 104 for Tring to chase, having been bowled out after 18.4 overs.
But any hopes Green had of securing a win were effectively ended by a superb first wicket partnership between Sam Cherry (41) and Lee Tomlinson (26), who racked up 67 runs to put Park in a commanding position.
And despite a late effort from the Levy attack, Tring’s Jack Deal (9 n/o) hit the winning runs courtesy of a tremendous six with 3.3 overs to spare.
“The two openers did brilliantly, especially Sam Cherry,” said Yates.
“Lee Tomlinson managed to get the singles and keep the run rate ticking over which allowed others to come in and do the damage.”
Levy Green had started their innings at a steady rate, before Tom Callingham (20) and Nick Merrett (26) came in with good contributions.
However, after Majid Khan (14) was bowled, Levy struggled to increase their total thanks mainly to the tight bowling of Yates and Simon Stanway (3-15).
In reply, Cherry and Tomlinson got Tring off to a fine start, with Rory Wood adding 21.
The side continued to hunt the target down , and crossed the line with 21 balls to spare to the delight of the travelling support.