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Thixendale's York Vale League nail-biter
2:42pm Wednesday 7th August 2013 in Sport
THIXENDALE remain on course for promotion to the top flight of the HPH York Vale League.
Their nail-biting four-wicket victory against Ben Johnson maintained their slender two-point advantage over nearest challengers Clifton Alliance.
The York-based printers were restricted to 169-9 by Dale whose James Wigby took 3-39 from 10 overs, while Jonty Gillingham chipped in with 2-18. Wigby then led Thixendale’s response with an unbeaten 46, supported by Geoff Room (46) as his side won with just two deliveries remaining.
Westow were unable to do Thixendale a favour as they lost by six wickets at another of the division two promotion contenders, North Duffield.
The Ryedale side turned up with only eight men and it looked like being a short game as they slumped to 14-4 after eight overs.
Mark Earle (70) and Ali Fothergill (41no) responded superbly with a fifth-wicket partnership of 114 to take Westow to a competitive 141-7 at the break. Earle hit ten fours and a couple of sixes in his innings.
Duffield were forced to work hard for their victory by youngster Joe Simpson (3-27).
Malton & Old Malton eased their relegation worries in division three with victory at bottom club Pocklington.
Wayne Cullen (4-43) grabbed an all caught hat-trick in his final over as Pock closed on 144-8. At 104-4 Malton still had some work to do in their reply after the dismissal of Luke Raines (38), but were steered home by James Langthorne (61no) and Steve Varey (22no) without further alarm.
Stamford Bridge enjoyed a 34-run win at Askham Bryan II in division four. Des Healey smacked an unbeaten run-a-ball 68 and opener Ian Fraser hit 45 as Bridge made an impressive 181-6. James Hutchinson (3-30) then shone as the home side were bowled out for 147, their cause not being helped by three run-outs.
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