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Heslerton are Scarborough Beckett League champions
3:18pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Sport
HESLERTON will be presented with the Readers Scarborough Beckett League championship trophy on Saturday after a convincing 10-wicket victory over Staithes sealed their 14th title success.
Closest rivals Forge Valley lost at Staxton, leaving Heslerton with a 34-point lead in the table with only this weekend’s fixtures remaining.
Staithes were always on the back foot after losing star batsman Richard Heggarty, bowled by Adam Spaven for two. They slipped to 62-7, Craig Marsay having scored 20, and, although a mini recovery led by Craig Thompson (25) lifted the score to 97, he was then well caught by Kristian Wilkinson in the deep, and the last two wickets fell cheaply.
Stuart Theaker (10) was the last to go, caught by Tim Clarke off Spaven, who ended with 6-36, while Andy Slaughter chipped in with two wickets, both taken during his first over.
After the break, young Heslerton openers skipper Anthony Stones (60) and Alex Carrie (34) knocked off the runs without being parted with a stand of 102 to spark the celebrations.
Forge Valley lost by 55 runs in a high-scoring match against Staxton.
The home team took tea on 266-6, Nick Gibson having hit 116 including 14 fours and two sixes. Adam Hargreaves (31) and Richard Webster (30) were other run-makers as Tom Bumby claimed 3-63 for Valley.
Replying, Tom Brough (46), Chris Tindall (58) and Joe Bradshaw (27) kept the East Ayton side in the game but four wickets each from Richard Flinton and Elliott Cooper ended the inning on 211s.
The other two matches in the top tier – Cayton v Flixton 2nds and Kirkbymoorside v Ebberston – were abandoned due to rain.
Filey and Seamer will both make an immediate return to the top flight next season after relegation last season.
Filey go up as champions after victory in the final match of their season against Brompton kept intact a 26-point advantage meaning they cannot be caught next week.
In a match reduced to 34 overs, Filey posted a total of 175-2 Paul Bowes (86 not out) and Benjamine Briggs (47) featuring in an opening partnership of 115. Brompton were then confined to 165-9 at the close, Pete Webster (39), James Bruce (40) and Sam Cooper (32) keeping Filey on their toes while Dave Brannan (3-35) and Briggs (4-75) just did enough to ensure victory for the Clarence Drive club.
Seamer are assured of second place after victory over Nawton Grange.
They put the visitors into bat and had them all back in the pavilion for 128, Jonny Pickard (29) and Charlie Allott (29) the pick of the batsmen as Sam Park claimed 4-33 and Gary Lawton (4-28.
An unbroken opening partnership of 133 between Darrol Lewis (57no) and Anthony Jenkinson (67no) resulted in 17 points for Seamer.
Settrington also put their opponents Sherburn into bat – and backed up that decision by bowling their visitors out for 81 in 26 overs.
Dan Stocks top-scored with 19, while Andy Monkman led the home bowling attack with 4-18 from six overs.
In reply, the home team had their hearts in their mouths when Dan Simpson grabbed their first three wickets without a run on the board, but a solid unbeaten 27 from Adam Morley and Charlie Rounthwaite’s knock of 31 gave them victory by four wickets, Simpson finishing with 3-25.
Sewerby 2nds struggled to 114-7 in a match reduced to 39 overs on their cliff top ground against Scalby, Harry Hudson (29) their leading run scorer with John Barton (3-65) and Sam Fox (4-36) taking the bowling honours. After the tea break Joe Hills (45 not out) ensured victory for Scalby by eight wickets.
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