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Thixendale stay on course for York Vale League division one
4:07pm Tuesday 13th August 2013 in Sport
THIXENDALE look increasingly likely to be playing in the top division in the HPH York Vale League for the first time next season.
They thrashed Selby by 10 wickets on Saturday to maintain the leadership of division two and remain on course to make their debut in the top flight in 2014.
Dale joined the league in 1986 and have yet to feature in that tier but are in a strong position to claim one of the two promotion spots up for grabs.
They were never in any difficulty at Selby, who were shot out for 78, first change bowler Joe Robinson taking 5-28 and Adrian Brader (3-7) mopping up the tail.
In-form Mark Earle (89) and Rob Kellock (48) put on 110 for Westow’s second wicket against Heworth. Westow totalled 216-5, which was enough to beat their visitors by 11 runs.
Heworth were reduced to 94-5, Jamie Smith (3-66) taking out the top three batsmen.
Heworth’s sixth-wicket pair pushed their side close but Westow, whose wicketkeeper Ali Fothergill claimed three victims, hung on to win.
Malton & Old Malton lost at home by 14 runs to South Cave & Brantingham, who were bowled out for 150. Excellent swing bowling by Ollie Varey (3-18) and Toby Sercombe (2-23) kept it tight early on and Wayne Cullen (3-39) finished things off.
The Malton card included five ducks and they were nine down for less than 100, but Nick Lock (35), who was last man out, and Andy Selby (22 not out) pushed them on to 136 all out.
Stamford Bridge slid to a 50-run defeat against Burn II in division four at Burythorpe.
Burn posted 175-5 with Des Healy taking 3-24. Bridge’s response was below-par with only Neil Porteus (34no) getting into his stride as they were bowled out for 125.
Malton & Old Malton II’s batsmen struggled against Thorpe Willoughby II in division five and were shot out for 84. Thorpe knocked the runs off for the loss of three wickets, two of them falling to Mick Liversidge (2-26).
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