Leighton knocks teammates for six

LEIGHTON Parker was the big winner at Stayley Cricket Club’s presentation night.The 13-year-old from Millbrook, who had a hugely successful season, captured six trophies at both junior and senior level.

The Copley Academy student’s most impressive display was in adult cricket for Stayley’s second team against Woodhouses when the right arm medium pace bowler claimed five wickets for six runs from three overs.

Leighton, who plays for the Tameside representative team at Under-13 level, turned out for Stayley at U13, 15, and 17 level as well as for the second and third teams.

The most prestigious of the awards was the Margaret Lowe Trophy for being the junior section’s best all-round cricketer having appeared for three junior teams and captaining the U13s.

Leighton, who has played at Stayley since the age of six, also won the U13 batting prize, most improved player for the U15s, junior clubman, tied third team player of the year and won player of the year as voted by umpires.

Leighton was one of three players from the club to represent Tameside as he was joined on the U13s by Harvey Merrills while Jake Barlow appeared for the U15s.

Jake collected four awards as he won the batting and bowling prizes for both the U15 and U17 sides.

Another major winner was James Howard. The 20-year-old from Millbrook collected three trophies, the outstanding bowler for the whole club, third team batting award and second team bowling.

In the awards for the senior sides, Andrew Gleave won the first team batting prize, Ronnie Cameron bowling while players’ player of the year was a triple tie between Rhys Downend, James Howard and Andrew.

Stephen Downend won the second team batting, James the bowling and Ciaran McQuillan was named players’ player of the year.

In the third team, James won the batting prize, Lewis Slater the bowling and Lewis, Tom and Leighton Parker were tied for players’ player.

The outstanding batting performance award at senior level went to Rhys with 628 runs while James’s 38 wickets took the bowing prize.

The Derek Whitefield Memorial Trophy, previously the Chairman’s Trophy instituted last year by Derek, who died in May, went to Steven Bird for his outstanding contribution to the club.

Stayley’s first team enjoyed a successful season, reaching the final of the Tanner Cup and retaining its status in Division 1B in the Greater Manchester Cricket League.

The third team reached the final of the GMCL Sunday Plate.

Stayley’s winter nets begin on Saturday, January 25.

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