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COLLYCROFT lifted the Albert Robbins Rose Bowl for the first time in their Nuneaton Thursday Cricket League history after a tight struggle against lower division opponents Burbage.
The Bedworth side claimed the trophy with just eight balls to spare of a evenly-contested plate final at Atherstone Town's Ratcliffe Road ground.
Their hard-earned four-wickets victory was achieved after skipper Ryan Marsh took a gamble by electing to bowl first on a murky night and under the threat of ruin after he had won the toss.
Burbage, a young side through to a league final for the first time, quickly found difficulty scoring runs despite a lightning-quick outfield, and they could only muster a modest 101-7 at the end of their 18 overs.
Hitesh Desai, coming in second wicket down, provided the backbone of their innings with a knock of 33 before he was the last man out with the score on 92.
Collycroft's decision to bat second seemed to have back-fired as they lost opening batsmen Lee Marsh and Mark Harriman, both prolific run-getters, with just 11 scored.
But wicket-keeper Shaun Harris and the stylish Darren Scorey battled hard for runs to resuscitate their reply against some determined Burbage bowling - particularly from spinner Neil White who took three wickets from the 22 balls he bowled.
Harris and Scorey put on a vital 44 for the third wicket to put Collycroft on course for victory which was achieved in fading light off the fourth ball of the penultimate over.
Jack Gisbourne, a stalwart of the league throughout its 40-year history, presented the trophy and awards to the two teams.
* The league programme was decimated by localised thunderstorms last Thursday.
Only four of the 12 games were played although both top-of-the-table fixtures in the Premier Division survived. Ansley defeated Ambleside while Nuneaton suffered a shock defeat to lowly Atherstone.
WOLVEY have emerged as strong contenders for a prize double in Mike Kiernan's Nuneaton Thursday League - through to tomorrow's Tommy Hilditch KO final, the young villagers moved within a point of leaders Nuneaton Town when they trounced Atherstone by eight wickets in the league.
Steve Brook slammed a quickfire 60 as they raced home with six overs to spare after Atherstone were limited to 93-5 in their 18 overs.
Nuneaton cemented their place at the top despite scoring a modest total against Bedworth at Weddington Road. Opener Russell Rice hit an unbeaten 38 as they stuttered to 108-6 but Chris Lomas (4-16) and skipper James Taplin (3-24) bowled admirably to shoot out Bedworth for 90.
Ambleside gained quick revenge for their Hilditch Cup semi-final defeat by Fillongley seven days earlier.
Set 124 to win, the St Nicolas Park side roared home by six wickets with an over to spare.
Stockingford AA lost their tag as the league's only unbeaten side as they were pipped in a Division One nail-biter against Hinckley Amateur. Chasing a total of 117, the Cabbage fell just five runs short despite a spirited knock of 46 - his highest score - by James Paton.
Paceman Alex Windmill turned in the best bowling figures of the week - four wickets for four runs in five overs - as Griff & Coton romped to a six wickets win over Haunchwood in Division Two.
Griff Crew are still searching for their first win after a ten-wicket defeat to Atherstone 2nd.
Tomorrow's Hilditch final at Attleborough starts at 6.30pm.
THE Nuneaton Thursday League cup matches rained off on June 10 will be staged tonight (6.30pm) with a view to producing Thursday's semi-finalists.
Tommy Hilditch Cup: Griff & Coton v Fillongley (umpires Tony Ball, Steve Scattergood), Wolvey v Bedworth (Ian Griffin, Ian Hook). Albert Robbins Rose Bowl: Burbage v Ansley II (Peter Cox, Lester Gibson), Hinckley v Collycroft (Geoff Barnett, Ted Hough). Fellowship Cup: Attleborough v Nuneaton (Graham Seal, Andrew Tutchener), Nuneaton II v Griff Crew (Cyril Neale, Neil Richardson).