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Woodhouse Grange escape Sheriff Hutton Bridge clutches
2:53pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Sport
SHERIFF Hutton Bridge were left disappointed as the weather ruined their last slim chance of closing the gap to runaway leaders Woodhouse Grange in the Hunters York & District Senior League premier division.
SHB were in the driving seat in their home game against the front-runners when rain intervened.
Batting first, the Bridge reached 208-4 with Robert Pinder unbeaten on 84.
In reply, Woodhouse had been reduced to 11-2 with an in-form Mark Fisher taking both wickets, when the match had to be abandoned.
At least third-placed Dunnington could not close the gap to SHB, having struggled on their travels to Beverley when weather also cut their day short.
In the mid-table clash between Acomb and Stamford Bridge, Acomb set out to put themselves further from the relegation zone, reaching a respectable 203-8, with Joe Dale leading the way on 49. Stamford had reached 23-0 when rain stopped play.
The equal best batting performances of the day came at Pickering where Dave Greenlay scored 127, his first century of the season, to give the Pikes strong hopes of a division one victory over Whitkirk.
He was assisted by Mark Shepherd’s 91, while C Nichols contributed 27, as the home team declared on 261-5. However, Whitkirk managed to bat out all of their overs, including the additional ones thanks to the declaration, to gain a draw at 119-8, Greenlay taking 3-22 and Tom Croot 3-16.
Folkton & Flixton versus Heworth looked to be in the balance, with Heworth on 110-5 chasing Flixton’s 197-6 when they had to leave the field because of rain. O Stephenson had hit 69, Nik Zakrewski 39 and Richard Lacey 36 for Flixton.
Second-placed Malton & Old Malton took maximum points in an easy 10-wicket victory over struggling Thorpe Arch & Boston Spa to bolster their title hopes in division two.
Mark Yates took 6-14 as TABS were bowled out for just 80. This enabled Malton to to cruise home as Wayne Dawson and Martyn Woodliffe knocked off the runs without being parted.
The result took Malton to within eight points of leaders Londesborough Park, who looked to be in trouble against fourth-placed Bolton Percy when their match was abandoned.
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