Nicholson catching seals Waddilove Cup triumph

Otley wicketkeeper Paul Nicholson picked up the man of the match award in the Waddilove Cup final

Otley wicketkeeper Paul Nicholson picked up the man of the match award in the Waddilove Cup final

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OTLEY'S 25-year wait for a record 11th Waddilove Cup win came to a spectacular end as they crushed Collingham by eight wickets in the final.

Hero of the day was Paul Nicholson, who underlined his position as one of the best wicketkeepers in the Aire-Wharfe League with four key catches to remove Collingham's top four batsmen.

That took his tally of victims in the five cup games to 14 and his league and cup total this season past 40 and earned him the man of the match award.

Opener John Swain went for two off the bowling of James Davies with only three runs on the board, followed by Toby Jacklin for seven off James Wilcock to make it 10-2.

There was a brief flurry as skipper Sam Anderson and John Harrison put on 55 for the third wicket before both fell victim to Nicholson.

The rest of the innings simply fell away under an accurate sustained attack, the final six wickets adding only 26 runs to end on 96.

Davies finished with 3-7, Ricky Halloran 3-14 and Wilcock 2-13, while John Brough and George Huntley also each picked up a cheap wicket.

So keen were Otley to get their hands on the trophy they last won in 1988 that openers Josh Atkinson (38) and Ben Morley (32) reached 52 off 34 balls before they were parted, Morley smashing three sixes in his lively knock.

Jamie Pickering and Dave Hester then saw them past the post to secure one half of what could still be a league and cup double.

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