Gawcott & Hillesden lost their South Northants Cricket League, Division 3 and 4 Cup final as they went down to an 18-run defeat against Gayton on Sunday.
Matt Folkes produced an excellent all-round display for the holders but Gawcott & Hillesden were unable to repeat their exploits of twelve months earlier.
After winning the toss, Gawcott & Hillesden skipper Alex Piggott invited his opponents to bat on a very damp track on a drying afternoon of bright sunshine with a strong breeze.
The captain’s decision was justified as Colin Piggott picked up a caught and bowled with the opening and final ball of the first over while Jonny Dale also took a return catch from his own bowling leaving the visitors 8 for 3 from a lively opening eight deliveries of the final.
Gayton skipper Drew Blundell (30) struck some lusty blows while Cameron Waldron played the anchor role.
Matt Folkes picked up two wickets, one courtesy of a smart leg side take by Luke Richardson, before, in a critical stage of the game, Gawcott & Hillesden lost their way in the final five overs of the Gayton innings as their opponents smashed 54 runs.
When the teams came in Waldron was unbeaten on 91 not out as his side registered 165 for 8 from their 20 overs, including 20 extras.
Colin Piggott three for 39 from five overs the pick of Gawcott & Hillesden’s bowling.
In reply, Alex Piggott and John Patterson started well before the skipper was castled for eight.
John Bobsin bowled a tidy spell for Gayton as the holders slowly saw the run rate edge up. With gambles being taken Colin Piggott (17) fell to a catch in the deep attempting to force the pace.
Patterson and Folkes kept Gawcott & Hillesden in with a chance with some good running between the wickets and some powerful hitting.
The excellent Patterson (41) was unfortunate to be dismissed to a delivery that shot along the ground, giving him no chance.
Folkes (53) continued the Gawcott & Hillesden fight as he struck two sixes before reaching a fine half century. He was finally out, bowled, in his best-ever knock for the club.
Gawcott & Hillesden eventually falling short on 147 for 4.
Waldron was named man of the match for his unbeaten 91 as Gayton lifted the trophy.