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Thixendale primed to make history
8:00am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Sport
THIXENDALE will clinch promotion to the top tier of the HPH York Vale Cricket League for the first time in their history if they win at promotion rivals North Duffield on Saturday.
They could even afford to lose as long as they secure a handful of bonus points as they hold a 27- point advantage over Clifton Alliance and 29 over third-placed Duffield.
After being saved from likely defeat by rain in their previous two games, Dale got back on track with a 60-run win against Wheldrake to bank 30 crucial points.
Put in on a tricky wicket, Thixendale were bowled out for 146 after being 120-5, Adrian Brader top scoring with exactly 50 while his opening partner, Les Milburn, hit 26.
Wheldrake were soon on the back-foot as Dean Tyler (5-19) and Ollie Medforth (3-37) got to work and were quickly bowled out for 86.
One of the highlights of the innings was a stunning low catch by Milburn while Geoff Room took two good catches behind the stumps after regular wicket-keeper Karl Wallis was taken to hospital with a dislocated finger.
Thixendale then had to wait until Sunday for the outcome of the Clifton Alliance v North Duffield game, which, had Alliance won, would have secured Thixendale's promotion.
However, Duffield ran out easy winners so all three teams have something to play for in this week's final round of fixtures.
Mark Earle continued his great form for Westow but could not prevent his side from losing by eight wickets at Ben Johnson.
He scored 65, supported by Ali Fothergill (24no), Chris Inman (20) and Dave Coverdale (19) as nine-man Westow did well to post 154.
Earle and Jamie Smith then struck early to have the York-based printers on 43-2 but an unbroken 112 stand between Jamie Agnew (76no) and Neil Drew (37no) swept Ben Johnson to victory with four overs remaining.
Malton & Old Malton eased their division three relegation fears with a surprise four-wicket win at promotion- chasing Stillingfleet.
Accurate line and length from Toby Sercombe (5-36) was the key as Stillingfleet were bowled out for 178 – Andy Selby and Kieran Windress chipping in with a couple of wickets each.
Malt were led to victory by John Foxton (75no), who hit the winning boundary with ten balls to spare.
Malton & Old Malton II secured an eight-wicket victory against Woodhouse Grange at The Gannock in division five.
Grange were knocked over for 88, Mark Schofield taking 3-10 and Mick Liversidge 3-22.
Malt knocked the runs off with ease, Adam Hill and Nick Knight leading the way with 32 not out and 30 respectively.
In division four, Stamford Bridge went down by 41 runs at Stockton & Hopgrove II.
Stockton were let off the hook, totalling 199-6 after being 69-4.
Lewis Wilson (46) and Ian Fraser (33) top-scored for Bridge, whose reply was in good shape at 82-6 midway through their innings but fell away to the bowling of Stu Spencer (5-40).
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