York Cricketers Seal Stunning Hat-Trick In Spain
York Cricket Club have capped a momentous 2012 season by clinching their third trophy of the year with an emphatic 153-run victory in the fifth Kiss Mix Lady Taverners Charity t20 Tournament at Spainâ€™s La Manga Club.
The West Yorkshire side faced Norwegian outfit Nation in the final of the ten-team competition bidding to add to the Yorkshire Premier League and Kingfisher Beer Cup titles they had already won.
York smashed a massive 198-6 from their 20 overs, with Alex Collins hitting a quickfire 74, and their opponents were always struggling as they were eventually bowled out for just 45 in reply.
Captain Dan Woods led from the front with figures of 4-10, with Glen Richmond also impressing taking three wickets as York completed a hugely successful few days in the Spanish sunshine.
York faced seven opponents in the knockout competition including ECB National Club t20 champions Wimbledon, teams from Spain, Switzerland and three sides from Norway.
After winning all three of their matches in the early stages, including defeating the host La Manga Club side by 29 runs, they then moved on to the semi-finals where they were 31-run victors over Centrum.
And a memorable trip for the winners was rounded off when they enjoyed the privilege of playing alongside a Lordâ€™s Taverners Legends XI featuring 1986 England Ashes-winning captain Mike Gatting and a host of other top cricket names in a charity match on the final day.
Running alongside the inaugural Kiss Mix Lordâ€™s Taverners Golf Classic, the t20 tournament was part of a four-day golf and cricket charity extravaganza at the award-winning La Manga Club.
Gatting headlined a star-studded line-up that competed in the golf competition, where he was joined by the likes of former England teammates Phillip DeFreitas and Neil Radford, Surrey captain Gareth Batty and ex-Warwickshire and England international Neil Smith.
The luxurious setting of La Manga Club was the ideal venue for the competition with its three championship golf courses perfectly complemented by the rest of the resortâ€™s wide-ranging facilities, including a 28-court tennis centre and 2,000sqm spa complex.
The golf and cricket competitions are just some of the many events being staged in 2012 by the fundraising organisation - the official charity for recreational cricket and the UKâ€™s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity.
For more information on The Lordâ€™s Taverners and details of next yearâ€™s cricket and golf events, visit www.lordstaverners.org .
For further details on Kiss Mix and its range of drinks go to www.kiss-mix.net and for more information about La Manga Club, go to www.lamangaclub.com
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