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Scarborough Beckett Cricket League round-up
2:51pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Sport
Action from the Readers Scarborough Beckett League premier division match between Ebberston and champions elect Heslerton
RAIN resulted in all four matches in the Readers Scarborough Beckett League premier division being abandoned – leaving Heslerton 22 points clear at the top.
With only two games to go, the Ryedale side are firm favourites to become champions for the second time in three years since returning to the top tier in 2011.
They had been in a decent position at Ebberston on Saturday when the rain came to end proceedings.
The home team batted first and slipped to 80-4 before Mike Horsley defied all attempts to remove him to finish unbeaten on 78 and take his team to 176-8 at the break, Adam Spaven claiming 3-69 from 14 overs and Andy Slaughter 3-43 from 11.
On the resumption, Heslerton lost two early wickets but Tim Clarke (47 not out) and Kristian Wilkinson (39no) put the leaders in a strong position with an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 52 before rain intervened with the total on 116-3 in the 24th over.
Frankie Beal claimed 2-5 from his seven overs for Ebberston, five of which were maidens.
Fourth met third at Staithes in a game initially reduced to 42 overs before being abandoned.
The home team scored 217-6 against Kirkbymoorside, Scott Major (80), Paul Theaker (52) and Jeff Morrison (22) the leading scorers as Martin Charlton claimed 4-46 from 11 overs. Rain returned during the tea interval preventing the Moorsiders from beginning their reply.
Staxton were put into bat on their own pitch by Flixton 2nds, a decision which looked to have backfired as the home team scored 183, Chris Dove leading the way with a superb 102 not out, before Flixton were reduced to 40-6.
Rain resulted in an early finish, though, to save Flixton blushes. For the visitors, Caleb Grant claimed 3-47, Pete Hill 3-31 and K Wardell 3-42, before Richard Flinton found conditions very much to his liking to take 4-16.
The bottom two teams clashed at Cloughton where the home team were bowled out for 95 by Cayton, Ricky Nock topscoring with 30 as Tom Sigsmith claimed 3-32 and Simon Glave 3-17.
After the interval, Jake McAleese (23 not out) helped Cayton to reach 58-3 when rain drove both sets of players from the field.
Filey have sealed an immediate return to the top flight next season after their rain-affected draw at Nawton Grange.
They did not have things all their own way as Dean Coote claimed 6-23 to have them taking tea on 125, Paul Bowes scoring 37.
After the break, the home team were in a perilous position on 25-4, Bowes picking up 3-2, when rain proved the winner.
Filey still gained nine points which ensured promotion.
Seamer remain in contention for the title but also suffered the agony of rain after being well placed for victory against Scalby.
Brompton’s hopes of closing the gap to Seamer in second were also hit by the weather.
Chris Briggs (26) and Rob Atkin (25) helped Sewerby 2nds to 136-7 at Brompton in a game reduced to 39 overs, Ian Atkinson claiming 4-48 from his 19 overs. Replying, Brompton were 20-3 when the match had to be abandoned.
Basement side Wold Newton were all back in their pavilion for 76 against Settrington, for whom Andy Storey claimed 4-28 and Andy Monkman 3-10. The visitors duly gained victory by six wickets, despite William Gray claiming 3-41.
Grin are all smiles while Wykeham win too
Lowly Staxton 2nds were unable to put the skids under Grindale’s promotion surge in Readers Scarborough Beckett League division ‘B’ as the leaders sealed a top-two spot for the first time.
Visitors Staxton did not travel well, being bowled out for 68, Craig Hill top-scoring with 16 as Tom Jackson claimed 4-26 from 16 overs. Grindale then raced to victory in 13 overs, Richard Jackson remaining 25 not out and Ben Jackson 24 not out.
Second-placed Wykeham were indebted to Dave Pearson (30) and Ian Spence (34) for a defendable total as they slipped from 62-2 to 119 all out in 28.4 overs against Duncombe Park 2nds.
For Duncombe, Fergus Ward claimed 3-21 and Dan Smith 4-22.
Replying, Alec Medd (21) top-scored for the home team but Mathew Vincent (4-24) and Dave Pearson, with 4-2 from his two overs, had them all back in the pavilion for 87 in 22.3 overs.
The result left Wykeham needing a further seven points from their remaining two matches to ensure an immediate return to the higher division.
Ryedale’s recent good results have probably come too late to bag promotion.
Dan Walker (112) and Andy Hill (48) piled on 154 in 29 overs for their opening partnership against Scarborough 3rds, for whom the introduction of Chris Hunter – who bagged 8-64 from 10 overs – kept the total to 244 at tea.
Scarborough slipped to 65-7 but then Martin North (54no) and Chris Hunter (40) defied the Ryedale attack to add 96 for the eighth wicket, the innings closing on 161-8, Jim Boyes claiming 3-40 from 12 overs and Rob Featherstone 3-38.
Barry Heyes (52) top-scored for Fylingdales in their home fixture against Forge Valley 2nds as Nazar Khan (5-56) and Andy Noble (3-31) restricted the home team to 164 at the break.
Phil Holden (53), Leighton Bailey (35) and Nazar Khan (36no) gained victory for the East Ayton team by three wickets, Martin Cairns claiming 4-67 and Mark Jackson 3-41.
Steve Lount (42) helped to take Bridlington 2nds to 148-8 against Cayton 2nds. The match was delicately poised with the hosts’ reply on 105-6 when rain intervened. Ian Dennis remained 27 not out, with Peter Bowtell having claimed 4-25.
Rain stops play but not duo’s promotion hope
Thornton-le-Dale and Ganton remain in pole position for promotion from Readers Scarborough Beckett League division ‘C’, despite both seeing their matches on Saturday abandoned after rain.
Tim Hunt (77) and Oliver Sigsworth (24) took Thornton to tea on 171-8 after their match at Ravenscar was reduced to 40 overs, Dinesh Swaminathan claiming 4-50. But further rain left the home team on 31-0 after eight overs with no further play possible.
Alistair Limb was in great form for Ganton, smashing 105 out of his team’s 173 total on their own ground against Staithes 2nds. Opener Stuart Ward added 26 but it was a fifth-wicket partnership of 82 with S Hepples (15) that ensured a challenging total. Lee Oliver (3-58) and Carl Oliver (3-21) took the bowling honours for the visitors.
After tea, Staithes slipped to 56-5 when rain drove the players from the field, Alistair Limb claiming 3-17.
Heavy showers resulted in Heslerton’s match against Ebberston 2nds being reduced to 41 overs before later being abandoned.
John Howden and John Wharton had added 88 by the 24th over when an early tea was taken. On the resumption, the pair took the score to 93 when Howden was caught on 46.
Wharton (35), his son Ryan (36no) and Ian Blanchard (25) took the total to 177-5, but rain stopped play with the visitors on 24-0.
After failing to raise a team for the past three weeks, Cloughton 2nds were back playing cricket, but they lost at Wykeham 2nds.
Cloughton were bowled out for 97, S Monsey (35) and Jamie Staveley (28) their main run-makers as Chris Remmer claimed 3-29 and John Palmer 3-18. Replying, Steve Staveley (68no) and Andy Shepherdson (17no) knocked off the runs without being parted.
Habton set for runners-up spot
GREAT Habton will almost certainly have to settle for second best in the Derwent Valley League as Mulgrave maintained their winning run to keep a grip on the division ‘A’ title race.
Great Habton enjoyed maximum spoils from victory over Hospitals/ Rugby Club, Robin Richardson hitting 41 to take them to a nine-wicket win after George Lumley (4-7) had helped to bowl the visitors out for 68.
However, Mulgrave, now bound for the Scarborough Beckett League, enjoyed an almost identical victory at Whitby 3rds to also claim 20 points.
The leaders, beaten only once this term, remain 26 points ahead with only two games left.
Flamborough need only two points from their last two games to secure promotion from division ‘B’ following their easy win over Nawton Grange 2nds, Duncan England’s 4-18 skittling Grange for 71.
Kirkbymoorside 2nds maintained slim hopes of catching Lockton in second place with a nine-wicket win over Sherburn 2nds.
Howard Mudd was the star, hitting 86 as Kirkby reached their target of 124 with ease, having earlier claimed a devastating 5-9.
Lockton only collected five points from a draw against Bridlington 3rds.
Filey 2nds were confirmed as division ‘C’ champions after drawing with Scalby 3rds, rain stopping play after Filey had rattled up 310-6, with Scalby replying on 66-0.
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