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Mottram win Hawke Trophy – and captain Scott is delighted
Wednesday 15th August 2018 @ 11:26 by Mark Phillip

Mottram Cricket Club is celebrating after its 2nd XI won the Hawke Trophy last weekend.

Captained by Stephen Scott, the Derbyshire and Cheshire Division Four leaders beat Birch Vale & Thornsett by five wickets in a tense finale at Woodley Cricket Club on Sunday.

Stephen, 23, said he was overjoyed and incredibly proud to have led his team to prestigious silverware. Speaking to Reporter Sport, he said: “The way they have conducted themselves throughout this cup run has been incredible and they are a credit to the club.

“On a personal note, I think if you’d have said at the start of the season that we’d win the cup and be top of the league table I’d have laughed.”

Despite the one division gulf between the two sides, Stephen expected a tough game and wasn’t surprised by the quality on offer.

And he reserved praise for one player in particular, who stole the show with figures of 4-33. “Birch Vale were a tough opposition and it was a really evenly contested game” said Stephen.

“We won quite comfortably in the end but they put us under pressure both with bat and ball.

“I was really impressed with Benn McGreggor as he came on to bowl when there were two set batsmen at the crease and we needed to break the partnership quickly.

“Ben or “Bones” as we call him has a knack of picking up key wickets for us.

“He broke the partnership in the semi-final which triggered a collapse, and his spell on Sunday was no different and really impressive, so he changed the game for us and gave us the momentum and belief to bowl them out”.

After such a morale boosting victory, and with the Division Four title within their sights, Mottram are now on course for a league and cup double this season.

Stephen credits the success to hard work and perseverance, plus a strong team mentality which, if left unbroken, will carry them to the title in September. “We have a great team spirit at the moment and also lots of momentum having gone unbeaten since the quarter finals of the cup” he said.

“As with the cup we need to remain grounded and just keeping winning and not change what we do. That’s all I can ask of the lads, keep winning and see what happens”.

Ironically, Mottram make the journey to Woodley again this weekend – this time in league competition.

When the two sides met at the start of May, Woodley won by 103 runs.

Stephen wants revenge but knows it won’t be easy against a side which, only two weeks ago, beat second place Newton by 71 runs. He said: “It’s nice to go back to Woodley as we won their last week, but they’re a good side and so we shouldn’t overlook them.

“As a side note I’d like to thank Woodley for the excellent job they did in hosting the final.

“I’d like to extend a personal thanks to James Dadge who has been our reliable opening bat all year and travelled all the way from Devon to play both the league game on Saturday and cup game final on Sunday. He has battled through serious health issues over the last three years so for him to be in a winning cup final team is outstanding. He is a real credit to our Club.

“I’d also like to thank all the travelling support that game to watch, especially our 1st team who were in fine voice singing songs and really helping us through some difficult parts of the game”.