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Blackburn Eagles cricketers soar to claim title
THE curtain has come down on another successful season in the Sheths Bathrooms Blackburn and District Amateur Cricket League and this year the honours were shared out.
There were five pieces of major silverware up for grabs and, for the first time in a number of years, there were five different winners.
It was not a season to celebrate double winners or clean sweeps, it was a season teams who got to put something in the trophy cabinet.
Of the 16 teams competing in the league’s two divisions, nine of them finished either as a league or cup winner or a runner-up.
Only Rising Stars finished the season with two pieces of silverware, winning the 20Twenty Knockout Cup and finishing as runners-up in the A League seven-a-side League.
It proved to be a season of ups and downs for the Rising Stars for while they graced two finals, winning one, they also finished bottom of the A Division and have been relegated to the B Division next season.
The most intriguing battle of the season was for the A Division title with little separating Blackburn Eagles and Blackburn Lions.
For after 14 matches and plenty of bonus points up for grabs, champions Eagles and runners-up Lions were separated by just two points having finished with identical records, winning 12 and losing two.
In the end, it was a slow start that proved to be costly for Blackburn Eagles.
“Blackburn Lions lost the first couple of games but recovered and won all the rest,” said league secretary Mohammed Sidik . “They pushed Blackburn Eagles all the way and beat them along the way but, in the end, it was the Eagles who clung on to win.
“But it was a thrilling fight for the league title.”
Surprisingly, neither side featured in the fight for cup honours.
All Stars, who finished third behind the Eagles and Lions in the A Division, can look back on a successful season after beating Rising Stars in the A Division seven-a-side Cup.
Rising Stars, who only won three games in the league all season, proved they were more suited to the cup competitions after beating Super XI in the 20Twenty KO Cup final.
The battle for B Division honours was more straightforward, Hargreaves topping the table with 77 points, eight ahead of second-placed Knight Riders.
Just like All Stars in the A Division, Enjoy XI can look back on a successful season after finishing in third place – a further eight points behind Knight Riders – and also winning the B Division seven-a-side Trophy, beating Damon Royal in the final.
“Hargreaves were very impressive throughout the season and they could be a force to be reckoned with in the A Division next season,” added Sidik.
“It has been a very good season, pretty hard work, but a good season and we look forward to another successful season next year.”
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