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Mark Fisher helps keeps Sheriff Hutton Bridge safe in second place
8:30am Wednesday 14th August 2013 in Sport
SECOND-PLACED Sheriff Hutton Bridge widened the gap between themselves and third-placed Dunnington to 49 points when they won convincingly at Beverley in the Hunters York & District Senior League premier division.
SHB remain a long way behind runaway leaders Woodhouse Grange, who enjoyed another big win, but they are looking good for runners-up spot, having recently turned draws into victories.
Home side Bev lost three wickets cheaply before their fortunes were revitalised by Ian Gilyon (81) and Tony Spence (84).
However, after they departed, Mark Fisher, with a season’s best return of 5-57, and Mike Smith, with 3-51, polished off the tail to leave the hosts all out for 199.
Long-serving Bridge opener Paul Oldfield, inset, then played a sheet anchor innings which saw him progress to 80 not out while skipper Adam Fisher added 62 to take his 2013 aggregate over the 600 mark.
Stamford Bridge gained the better of a draw with Studley Royal despite losing five wickets to runouts.
There was a half century, 52, by Kev Murphy in Stamford’s 198 all out and supporting runs from D Pimlott (34), Dom Rhodes (29) and D Miller (43).
Apart from the run-outs, Steve Walmsley’s 3-29 was the next best factor in Stamford’s dismissal.
Walmsley then made 29 before Rob Mackle hit 53. But, with G Carlton remaining unbeaten on 25, The Royals closed on 167-7.
Folkton & Flixton’s long trip to Whitkirk was reasonably rewarding as they returned home with 24 points from a closely-fought draw.
Flixton bagged maximum batting points by reaching 201-9 thanks to Oliver Stephenson’s 84 backed by 27 from Nick Zakrzewski and an unbeaten 35 from Chris Mann.
Home bowlers to earn respect were Jimmy Lee (3-40) and Mark Murphy (3-30).
In reply, Mike O’Brien hit a fine 96 and Murphy made 58 but Mann’s 3-28 enabled Flixton to just keep control as the Leeds side closed on 195-9.
Pickering improved their position in division one by beating Harrogate by five wickets in a high-scoring game at St George’s Road.
The hosts posted a total of 200-6 with George Owram making 28, Rich Taylor 33, N Taylor 29 and R Bousfield a good unbeaten 59. Mark Shepherd took 4-59.
In reply, S Smith made 54 before Colin Frank steered his side to a winning 201-5 with an unbeaten 62 which eliminated the efforts of Rob Stanworth (3-47).
Malton & Old Malton remained second in division two, despite just coming off second best in a draw at home to Bolton Percy.
Bolton’s 158-9 was followed by a home score of 150-8. For Bolton, James Green made 54 and Jamie Rigby 45 as Mike Linsley took 3-28 and Mark Yates 4-42, each off 12 overs.
Linsley’s subsequent 64 seemed destined to earn Malton a win as he was supported by Wayne Dawson with 26. But P Malloch grabbed 4-24 in seven-overs to exercise control.
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