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Adam Fisher keeps Sheriff Hutton Bridge safe in second place
3:16pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Sport
EXCELLENT performances from skipper Adam Fisher and teenage bowler Ed Barnes enabled Sheriff Hutton Bridge to underline their runners-up credentials in the Hunters York & District Senior League premier division by winning at Dunnington.
The home team had begun Bank Holiday Monday’s action in third place but slipped to fifth after their defeat by 86 runs, with Stamford Bridge rising to third.
SHB were given a solid start by Paul Oldfield (32) and Mark Fisher (38) but were only 90-2 at the half-way stage. Adam Fisher then dominated the second half of the innings as he cracked an unbeaten 114 off only 83 deliveries.
Useful cameo knocks from Rob Pinder and Paul Scaling provided his early support but the real acceleration came when Fisher was joined by Ben Gill, who virtually scored off every delivery in making 32 not out as he and Fisher scored at around 10 runs an over.
Adam Iyer was the chief sufferer but did pick up two of the wickets to fall as SHB totalled 268-4.
When Dunnington batted there was some initial wayward bowling, with the second over showing the extremes of the game of cricket. After bowling two unstoppable boundary byes, Barnes gained the prize wicket of Collis King, who sportingly walked after edging to wicketkeeper Gill.
The Barnes-Gill combination then claimed two more scalps and Barnes gained his fourth success in his first seven-over spell when he dismissed Kev Bradley for 36.
Harwood Williams (42) and Adam Sutcliffe (24) resurrected the reply but Barnes broke the stand when he took a good catch off Ben Harrison before returning to the attack to improve his figures to 5-37. Spinner Johnny Elleanor grabbed two wickets before the Dunnington innings ended with a run-out at 182.
Stamford Bridge gave Easingwold a new unwanted record by dismissing them for 76 – what is thought to be their lowest-ever premier division total.
Oliver Pimlott grabbed 6-42 in 15 overs. Kev Murphy then made 28 and Dave Chaplin 24 as Bridge won by seven wickets to move up to third place, while Easingwold dropped from fourth to sixth.
The league programme had suffered its worst disruption of the season on Saturday as widespread rain caused many games to be abandoned without a ball being bowled and most of those that did get under way to be called off at an early stage.
Champions-elect Woodhouse Grange batted first at neighbouring Stamford Bridge and had progressed to 47-1 before the wet curtain came down.
Second-placed Sheriff Hutton Bridge were able to include both of their up-and-coming aces for their home encounter with Clifton Alliance as England Under-19s player Matthew Fisher lined up alongside Bunbury Festival starlet Edward Barnes.
However, torrential rain caused the match to be abandoned after 12 overs at which point SHB had reached 52-1 with Fisher on 20 not out, a score mirrored by his older brother Mark.
In division one, Hull Zingari and Fenner both secured promotion over the weekend double-headers.
Pickering had a mixed weekend – losing at Goole before gaining crucial derby joy against Folkton & Flixton on Monday.
Pickering’s batsmen failed badly at Goole where they were bowled out for only 97 before going on to lose by five wickets.
Dave Greenlay made 26 as the Pikes moved to a comfortable 60-1 before the wheels came off.
The chief architect of the collapse was Steven Smith, who produced a seasonal best of 6-21. With Dave England taking 3-24, the visitors failed to earn a single batting point. After the break, Ryan Boyes claimed 3-24 but Ben Earl’s unbeaten 55 steered Goole to a winning 100-5.
Veteran all-rounder Greenlay stood out again on Monday, playing a major role in Pickering’s 54-run win over local rivals Flixton, a result which may well ensure the Pikes’ survival in division one.
In a fairly low-scoring affair, Greenlay made 32 as he and Boyes (38no) helped Pickering to 149 despite a 5-26 return by Rich Malthouse.
Greenlay then picked up 3-13 as the best return in a good all-round team bowling performance which saw Folkton tumble to 95 all out. Only D Ellis (32) offered any resistance.
Folkton & Flixton had won on Saturday, though, beating Harrogate II by eight wickets to consign the visitors to relegation.
Two Harrogate batsmen made half-centuries with George Owram hitting 70 and Rob Taylor 56 in a total of 161-5. But their efforts were nullified as Richard Malthouse (53no) and Scott Cooper (61no) formed a match-winning alliance that moved Flixton into fourth place in the division – where they stayed despite Monday’s loss.
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