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The final of the Paul Strickle Midweek League took place two weeks ago

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The opening season of a cricket league set up in memory of an ex-player has drawn to a close.

The Paul Strickle Midweek League was created to honour its namesake, who sadly passed away in 2017.

Wisbech Town Cricket Club's Sunday team captain Dominic Stannard spearheaded the competition, which drew to a close on August 13.

Got The Runs celebrate their title victory.
Got The Runs celebrate their title victory.

Of the eight teams that took part, Wisbech Over-25s and Got The Runs were the two to make it to the final.

The latter eventually emerged victorious after scoring 203-6, while Wisbech ended with 142-9.

Following the match, end-of-season awards were dished out at a ceremony.

They played excellently in the final.
They played excellently in the final.

Hannah Strickle, Paul's daughter, presented Charles Baxter and Ben Tarrat as batter and bowler of the final respectively.

Got The Runs captain Scott Weltcher was then handed the impressive Jeffrey Shield, which dates back to the original Wisbech Midweek League trophy of 1921.

Champagne was sprayed as celebrations ensued, before CSKA duo Ryan Pearson and Callum Fendley were named the batter and bowler of the year.

Stannard was delighted with the league's success.

Wisbech Over-25s were beaten finalists.
Wisbech Over-25s were beaten finalists.

He told The Citizen: "The final was a fantastic end to a competition that has been so popular, players from each of the eight teams have enjoyed the Friday night social cricket.

"Got the Runs winning the inaugural Paul Strickle Midweek League was just perfect, it was such a special moment when Paul’s son in law collected the trophy, they are deserving winners.

"I would like to thank everyone involved; sponsors, players, captains, spectators, grounds staff, bar staff, everyone has come together to make this competition so successful. Undoubtedly Paul would love the league and we have all done him proud, we can’t wait to start again next year."

In the showpiece event two weeks ago, Baxter had scored a magnificent 100 to set first-batters Got The Runs on their way to victory.

This was his first ever ton, and he couldn't have chosen many better occasions for it.

He was assisted by Weltcher, who got 29.

Wisbech knew any comeback would be a tough ask, and were never really in the game due to Got The Run's excellent bowling and even better fielding.

Stannard and Adie Clare were their top scorers with 23 and 28 respectively.

The Seaside Pizza Co, Ali Anthony and the Lake family were thanked for their sponsorship efforts.

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