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Duncombe Park on brink of promotion
3:17pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Sport
Duncombe Park are almost certain to gain the promotion that narrowly eluded them last season.
The Helmsley side have an 86-point lead at the top of Hunters York & District Senior League division three with three games remaining after two maximum 30-point hauls over the Bank Holiday weekend.
They need just one more point to go up and five more to secure the title.
In a truncated match on Saturday, Sessay were only able to make 130-5 against them as Alistair Holmes took 3-38. The better batting came from Darren Atkinson (30) and John Flintoff (39).
When Park replied, Brian Leckenby was dismissed for 28 leaving him just four runs short of 1,000 for the season. Charlie Campbell was another casualty, falling for 36, but Alistair Holmes moved to 51 not out as Park reached a winning 134-2.
On Monday they won by three wickets at Ripon, though they were grateful for dropped catches on what was a bowler’s day.
Chris Needham’s 32 for Ripon was the only significant score in the game and came out of a total of 81 as Peter Kent produced one of his best bowling returns of 7-36.
When Park replied, John Gains included three-wicket maidens in a seven-over spell which saw him take 4-19, but Park managed to crawl over the finishing line at 86-7.
Sheriff Hutton’s potentially crucial match against fellow promotion-chasers Dringhouses on Saturday was abandoned with Sheriff on 88-2, of which Joe Schofield made 42 not out.
Sheriff Hutton did make it a good weekend, though, when they beat Hovingham, another side embroiled in the race for runners-up spot.
Hovingham went into the game in second but ended it in fourth as the Castlemen won by six wickets to rise from third to second.
Hovingham’s batting was in malfunction mode as Dave Hull’s 3-12 toppled them for 81.
Tom Lund hit back with 3-29 but was unable to defend an indefensible total as Nick Schofield (21no) and Tom Harrison (20no) steadied the Sheriff ship after the loss of four cheap wickets.
Hovingham had beaten Driffield on Saturday, though.
Having scored 157 runs in his previous six innings, Richard Hudson almost doubled his tally by cracking 147 for Hovingham to establish himself as the front-runner for the final monthly batting award of the season.
His innings left the Driffield skipper somewhat red-faced as it enabled Hovingham to sail past the hosts’ declared total of 240-9.
This high target featured a century from Kev Woodcock (104) and useful input from Neil Woodcock (46) and James Richardson (33).
Successful with the ball for the visitors were Tom Lund (3-35) and Richard Bowling (3-58).
Driffield’s bowlers failed to make any real impact as Hudson and David Bowling (69) made a mockery of the declaration as they eased to 242-2.
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