Slinfold’s Red Lyon lift Gullick Cup

JPCT-Gullick Cup 2012 winners Red Lyon
JPCT-Gullick Cup 2012 winners Red Lyon

Slinfold’s Red Lyon pub lifted the Gullick Cup in dramatic fashion on Tuesday evening.

An animated crowd at Horsham Cricket Club watched the tremendous finale which was not short on incident as the Lyon claimed a one run victory against the Dun Horse.

Batting first, Red Lyon posted a demanding 128-8 off their 15 eight ball over allocation, Richard Harris retiring on 30 under the tournament rules.

They did lose two early wickets though, Ben Overton dismissed by a superb Johnny Willis catch off Graham Prior in the first over.

Mike Watson took 3-35, Raggy Singh 2-9 and Graham Prior 2-18.

After an early setback The Dun Horse responded positively keeping the target within range but tight fielding meant that they still needed 55 off the last five overs.

As evening dew slowed the outfield in fading light some lusty hitting and exhilarating running between the wickets reduced the target to 25 from two overs and four from the last ball.

But, only two was scored, giving Red Lyon victory by the narrowest of margins at 8.50 pm. David Thompson made 28 before falling unwell, Keith Greenwood 26 and Mike Watson 21 not out.

Much like the Gullick Cup’s sister competition, the Mirfield Cup, the earlier rounds of the competition had been plagued by weather problems and rearrangements, so it was fitting that the final provided an exciting game.

A different result was a real possibility, but Dun Horse were penalised for a short run at the death.

Had the scores finished level then the Mannings Heath team would have won by dint of losing fewer wickets.

Red Lyon skipper Martyn Haines lifted the cup, which is competed for by non-league teams in the Horsham area.