Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cup Triumph Is Icing on Cake for Russell; Local Cricket

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cup Triumph Is Icing on Cake for Russell; Local Cricket

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Byline: ANDREW WILKINSON

THIS one tops the lot - that was the verdict of star man Neil Russell after Marton won the Kerridge Cup for the third time in four years.

Russell, 38, took five wickets, then made 41 as Marton beat Richmondshire by five wickets at Feethams to retain the trophy.

He has twice won the Kerridge with Marton and once with Guisborough and said: "This is the best one. To retain it is always the hardest thing to do. And to have a good game myself made it doubly satisfying."

Russell, who has graced the Darlington Building Society NYSD League for many years, also has a league title, one Macmillan Cup and two Fifteens titles in the bag.

He added: "You never get sick of winning. Every season is potentially my last, but when you are playing with a good set of players you realise how much you would miss it. So I don't have so many late nights after games these days!" Delighted Marton skipper Matty Brown, who also lifted the trophy last year, said: "It was a brilliant team performance - classy from start to finish.

"We showed character. Each year we win it feels better, and this one feels very good because we have beaten such a good side.

"Neil and Upul Indrasiri are excellent players and did it for us again, but you can never take it for granted.

"I was happy to leave it to the other lads to do the business, and from a team point of view when you are on a winning run like this you try to keep it going as long as possible.

"It was an excellent day. The ground was immaculate considering the weather we have had, and Richmond gave us a good game to the end."

Marton, who eased home in the final over, are the first team to play in four consecutive finals in the 92 year history of the Kerridge which is the oldest cricket knockout competition in the country.

Russell and Indrasiri each took five wickets to restrict Richmondshire to 128 all out - Indrasiri conceding only 38 runs from 15 overs. …

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