CRICKET: STANDARD were crowned Twenty20 champions of Warwickshire after beating Solihull Municipal by 21 runs.
Ryan Leybourne’s men were helped by a stunning century from opening batsman Thomas Kidd, who reached three-figures after just 56 balls before eventually being caught for 103.
After winning the toss and electing to bat on a slow track, Standard made steady progress before skipper Leybourne fell for ten from as many balls.
Steve Vaughan was next to go when he was caught by Craig Bissett off the bowling of Alex Roslyn from just one run as Standard started to wobble.
A near run-a-ball knock of 15 from Andy Jones kept the scoreboard ticking as Kidd continued to flex his arms in a dominant display of T20 batting.
Kidd saw middle order partners Curtis (1), Windridge (11), and Fox (5) all depart cheaply as Standard stumbled their way past 150.
It was then that Kidd reached his remarkable century before tailenders Patel and Hormantschuk could only add two runs a piece as Standard closed on 157/8.
Alex Roslyn proved the pick of the bowlers for Municipal, returning with figures of 20/4 from his four overs.
In reply, Municipal’s batsmen struggled to build on their initially promising scores.
Openers Henri Lewis (7) and Jonathan Stanley (15) both fell cheaply before Craig Bissett fell victim to the accurate bowling of Steve Vaughan.
Vaughan went on to claim the wickets of Nathan Boyce (0) and Alex Roslyn (3) as Municipal crashed to 53/5.
Matt Stanley (5) was next to go. But a patient 32 from George Gray helped steady Municipal’s innings as the visiting looked to claim an unlikely victory.
Overs quickly ran out though, and Municipal were stranded on 136/8 by the close of play – Standard winning by 21 runs.