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Woodhouse Grange crowned champions as race for second hots up
9:00am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Sport
Woodhouse Grange, Hunters York & District Senior Cricket League managing secretary and treasurer Rob Richtering presents the premier division trophy to Woodhouse Grange captain Steve Burdett
WOODHOUSE Grange clinched their fifth premier division title in six seasons after their draw with Beverley Town in the Hunters York & District Senior League.
In an advantage draw for the runaway top-flight leaders, there were vintage performances by batsman Nick Hadfield, who hit his second century of the season and his 21st ton in the top flight, and a threewicket over by skipper Steve Burdett.
After seeing Chris Bilton fall for 36, Hadfield and Mike Burdett 47 put on 129 for the third wicket before Hadfield went on to carry his bat for an unbeaten 121 in a total of 233-4.
Anthony Spence then replied with an unbeaten 87, which enabled Beverley to gain a draw at 177-8 despite Steve Burdett's return of 4-43 Sheriff Hutton Bridge’s hopes of securing the runners-up spot took a blow when they suffered their heaviest defeat of the season.
An unbeaten century by Andy Tute, his 12th ton in the top flight, projected Acomb to an eight wicket win over The Bridge.
Batting first against their rivals, The Bridge batsmen found runs hard to come by against some accurate bowling, particularly from Joe Dale and Harry Booth, who between them bowled 27 overs for only 80 runs.
Paul Oldfield anchored the innings with 61 while Adam Fisher added 34.
In the last ten overs, the visitors’ total was enhanced as Ben Gill (35no) and Ed Barnes (23) gave a master-class in running between the wickets.
Their efforts enabled Bridge to total 195-2. When Acomb replied the visiting bowlers were nowhere near as effective as Tute (120no) took control. He had able partners in Joe Burton (38) and Joe Dale (23no).
Stamford Bridge strengthened their bid for the runners-up spot with a six-wicket win at Sewerby, which plunged the hosts back into the relegation whirlpool.
Russ Robinson made 73 and Mike Artley 35 as they shared a stand of 111 for the home side but Stamford’s S Crutchley took 3- 31 to peg the cliff-toppers to 178-8. When Stamford responded, skipper Matt Beckets (54) and Ollie Pimlott (74) went one better as they enjoyed a stand of 112, which saw Stamford win by six wickets.
Perhaps inspired by the fantastic innings played by their former overseas player, Aaron Finch, for Australia during the week, Clifton Alliance lifted themselves out of the bottom two when they had an eight wicket victory over a Selby side whose chances of avoiding relegation are now remote. There was a Selbian half century for Jamie Wheeler, who made 59, and good supporting knocks from Gareth Townend (44) and Lee Wild (34), who helped their side reach 190-9 despite three run-outs. Sid Corley then hit 49 at the head of the Alliance order before an unbroken stand of 97 between Joe Ashdown, who made 80no, and Scott Hopkinson (47no) handed the Clifton outfit victory.
Jake Murphy had a fantastic game for York, who gained 24 valuable points when they had much the better of a draw at Dunnington.
Murphy top scored for York with 67 in their total of 239 while Simon Lambert made 61 before falling to a fine catch by Adam Sutcliffe. For the hosts, Dave Johnson took 3-65 and Adam Iyer 3-59. Murphy then ripped through Dunnington’s top order as the hosts were reduced to 43-6.
Jack Bolam stood firm in making 74 but Murphy’s 6-48 put York on the threshold of victory. However, an outright win was denied when Bolam and 15-year-old Jack Spofforth batted out the final 18 overs to earn Dunnington a draw at 142-9 It was run-fest time at Easingwold where the game against visiting Studley Royal produced a total of 595 runs for the loss of only 14 wickets as the visitors emerged with a slight advantage in a draw.
For Studley, there were big innings from Steve Walmsley (95) and Rob Mackle whose 84 was his season's best. Gary Blackburn and Dan Craven each made 44 as Studley posted their highest ever premier total of 309-7. Paul Redshaw emerged with a measure of success in taking 3-65. The home side then set about their reply with intent as Martin Piercy hit 89 and Kyle Waite 56. Mark Haines added 32 and Dan Copeland was unbeaten with 25 but Blackburn’s 3-45 ensured the Royals ruled as Easingwold closed on 286-7.
In division one, Folkton & Flixton had the better of a closely fought draw when they travelled to Beverley in a game in which both sides earned maximum batting points. Flixton’s total of 217-7 included 82 from Rich Malthouse and an unbeaten 44 by Mark Walmsley as Peter Parnaby claimed 3-33. In Beverley’s challenging response, Ben Fish made 54, Mike Cooke 41 and Parnaby 22 not out but their side was only able to reach 201-8.
Pickering batted first when they entertained Sessay and posted a target of 184-9 thanks to Colin Frank (48) and Steve Smith (38).
Sessay skipper Steve Langstaff took 3-52 and was then able to relax and enjoy as Luke Ramsay (58) and Tim Hall (38) set up a victory which was converted into a six-wicket win by Matt Till with 41no. Mark Shepherd took 3-50 for the losers.
Foxton’s best boosts leaders’ hopes
IN DIVISION two, leaders Malton & Old Malton strengthened their grip at the top of the table with victory over Hull II.
Hull posted a handy 219-4 but the home side were given a steady start in their reply as Martin Woodliffe made 26 and Wayne Dawson 29. Danny Foxton then produced his best knock of the season, making 62no and Chris Hudson hit 42no off just 20 deliveries to rack up a four-wicket win for the Ryedale side.
Woodhouse Grange II were dismissed for their lowest total for a number of years when they were only able to make 73 at Tadcaster Magnet.
Scott Shepherd’s 30 was the only bright spot in a somewhat gloomy Grange batting performance.
Dave Suddaby struck back with 4-29 but Magnet were able to proceed to a five-wicket win.
In-form Thirsk edged closer to the promotion places with a four-wicket win over Londesborough Park, who posted 171-8.
In reply Thirsk were quickly reduced to 23-3, but a fourth wicket partnership of 113 between Mark Cook (36), and Stuart Christon (76) helped the home side to victory with nine balls to spare.
Defiance from John but Hovingham slump
THIRD-PLACED Whitkirk had a comfortable 42-run win when they entertained bottom-placed Hovingham in division six of the Hunters York & District Senior League.
The hosts posted 129 as J Dean claimed 3-37, but Richard John (47) was the only Hovingham batsman to make an impact as the struggling visitors mustered only 87 in reply.
The top two positions were reversed when Woodhouse Grange skipped above Dunnington whom they beat by seven wickets. Batting first Dunnington made 169 with Steve Young scoring 54 and Jay Snowden 32 as Sam Shipley claimed 3-38 and Will Proctor 3-41. Proctor then co-starred with the bat as Grange reached a winning 170-3 by making 71no as the perfect foil to Ash Cattle's 76.
In division seven, a declaration by the home side set up an exciting finish when Dringhouses visited Sheriff Hutton. The Castlemen called a halt to their innings at 215-7 off 40 overs with Charlie Foster making 77. Lawrence Cook starred with the bat as he scored 54 for the visitors as Dringhouses ended on 155-9 while Tony Hull with 3- 25 returned the best figures for Sheriff Hutton.
The clash between the top two sides proved to be a bowler-dominated affair with neither side qualifying for any batting points. Leaders Rowntrees were shot out for only 83 as Nick Claxton took 3-24 and Phil Northing 3- 7.
Paul Horner top scored with 27 and then took 3-29 as he joined forces with Neil Davidson 5-37 to dismiss Service for 71 with only Nick Olney showing with the bat in making 32.
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