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Hovingham and Malton take Ryedale Beckett League cup crowns
8:30am Wednesday 14th August 2013 in Sport
Ryedale Beckett League double winners Malton & Old Malton. Back row, from left to right: Wayne Dawson, Will Spencer, Brett Crowe, Stephen Linsley, Steve Baxter. Front row, from left: Toby Sercombe, Ross Harland, Max Fraser, Morgan Fraser, Stuart Watmore.
DAVE BOWLING was the aptly named hero as Hovingham beat Pickering to lift the Ryedale Beckett League division one League Cup.
Bowling took match-changing figures of 6-9 off four overs to put Hovingham in control in the final and then made 34 not out with the bat to complete victory by eight wickets.
Pickering had won the toss and chose to bat, which initially turned out to be a good decision as the openers put on 50 in six overs, with Shaun Smith getting 26 and Colin Frank 18.
However, the Hovingham bowlers took over with Bowling at the forefront as Pickering scored only 27 runs in the last nine overs with all 10 wickets falling.
Hovingham then knocked the runs off in 10 overs through Bowling and Paul Deverall’s hard-hitting 32 not out.
Malton & Old Malton, meanwhile, completed a division two double with a thrilling victory over Burythorpe in that tier’s final, having also claimed the division two title winning every game they played.
This final went down to the wire in a thrilling finish.
Burythorpe batted first, and attacked from the outset, but wickets fell regularly to some tight bowling and good fielding.
Stu Watmore was the pick of the bowlers, with 4-19 off four overs, aided by two good boundary catches.
Max Pimlott with 24 and Andy Slaughter with an inventive 25, including two amazing Chinese cuts, provided a rescue act, taking the score to 111.
Malton, too, began aggressively, with Wayne Dawson hitting some lusty blows in his 22, before perishing to another top catch by Andrew Healey.
As so often happens, Des Healey proved hard to get away and Burythorpe stayed in the game, James Richardson pulling off a stunning catch to dismiss Brett Crowe.
All the Malton batsmen chipped in, though, with M Fraser scoring a crucial 20 and, in the deepening gloom, Malton sneaked home in the final over.
Burythorpe perhaps regretted bowling local hero and pace ace Andy Slaughter as he went for 40 runs in his four overs.
The division two best batting and bowling awards for the season were also presented on the night to Malton man Dawson for his 116 not out against Burythorpe and Dean Coote, of Nawton Grange, for his 6- 25 against Whitwell-on-the-Hill.
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