Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

By George, That Was Oh So Close!

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

By George, That Was Oh So Close!

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HORDEN won the George Peacock Memorial Cup for the fourth time in their history when they defeated Marsden - but it was a desperately close-run thing. The final was a low-scoring affair, but that did not detract from an enthralling contest.

When promising youngster Stephen Neilson was ripping through the home side with a superb spell of bowling it looked like Marsden were the clear favourites.

Neilson scythed through the Horden batting line-up in a devastating four-over spell in which he picked up five wickets for just 15 runs.

This blew a massive hole in the home innings - from which they never recovered as they slumped to 60 all out in 15 overs.

Somehow, though, Marsden then contrived to lose a game they had under their control as four of their batsmen were run out.

Matthew Billyard (2-7), Adam Scott (2-14) and brother Chris Scott (2-14) combined effectively to put the visitors under the cosh.

However, the run-outs proved the decisive factor as Marsden crashed to 56 all out despite there being more than four overs left. …

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