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Senior Cricket League: Sheriff Hutton Bridge runners-up status at risk
3:06pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Sport
SHERIFF Hutton Bridge’s runners-up rating in the Hunters York & District Senior League premier division has been put in peril following their second defeat of the season.
SHB, the long-time nearest challengers to confirmed champions Woodhouse Grange, are now only five points clear of third-placed Stamford Bridge ahead of this weekend’s final round of the season.
SHB skipper Adam Fisher hit 64 to take his season’s tally to 870 before he perished in the bid for quick runs.
Rob Pinder made 46 as they progressed to 147-3 at the 40th over before a poor last 10 overs saw them stagger to 192-7.
When Easingwold replied, opener Martin Piercy and Kyle Waite moved to 102 after an early loss, before Piercy was dismissed by Mark Fisher for 50. Fisher (3-42) then brought about a mini-collapse as three wickets fell for 12 runs before Waite found an ally in Dan Copeland, who hit a quick 34. Waite went on to reach 84no in a match-winning innings as Easingwold won by five wickets.
Stamford Bridge maintained their powerful drive towards second spot with a five-wicket win over Dunnington.
Kev Bradley made 67 for Dunnington with support from Jack Bolam, with 42, and Collis King, whose unbeaten 37 took his seasonal aggregate to 887. However, Dave Craven’s fine figures of 5-33 restricted Dunnington to 197-8.
Dunnington skipper Adam Iyer claimed 3-52 but was outgunned by opposite number, Stamford skipper Matt Beckett, who hit 77. With Phil Hill making 27no, Stamford earned maximum reward at 201-5.
Runs flowed in division one at Marfleet where Fenner rattled up 271-2 at home to Pickering, who did enough to stave off relegation.
Sixteen-year-old Ben Hatfield struck 101, including 12 fours, off 123 deliveries, and Will Parker 102, including 13 fours and one six, off 127 deliveries as the pair put on 201 for Fenner’s first wicket.
Ross Davy, with 42no off 30 deliveries, joined in the spree for Fenner.
A 117-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Colin Frank (66) and Mark Shepherd (57) ensured Pickering made a respectable 206-8 in reply, to pick up 11 points and ensure division one safety.
Luke Robinson (2-45), Ryan Kirk (2-46) and skipper Steve Sergeant (3-59) shared the wickets for Fenner, the latter two both claiming two wickets in consecutive deliveries.
Folkton & Flixton beat Bridlington by 47 runs to go up to fourth.
Flixton’s top-scorer was Scott Cooper (50) and there was handy input in the 205-9 total from Nick Zacrzewski (32) and Stuart Stocks (28no). Bridlington replied with 158, Sam Edmondson making 33, as the bowling honours were shared between Lee Elvidge (3-26) and Jamie Nesfield (3-28).
Bridge get helping hand
SHERIFF Hutton Bridge II had two teams to thank for bolstering their bid to snatch the second promotion place in division five.
SHB picked up the full 30 points after York IV conceded, and they were also helped by Welton & Brough for depriving rivals Selby of seven points by batting out for a draw a 133-7.
SHB go into the final weekend six points shy of Selby, with Heworth ten points further ahead in first.
Stamford Bridge II had little difficulty beating Yapham by eight wickets. Martin Pearson’s 34 was the best home batting as Dan Davies (3-23) helped to dismiss Yapham for 110. Roddy Vann led Stamford’s reply with an unbeaten 47.
Sheriff Hutton III took 21 points off division seven winners Rowntrees & Huntington to claim the second promotion.
Asked to bat first, Sheriff amassed 168-8, Wayne Fawcett making 41 and Rob Tetley 35. Pete Edmondson took 3-43.
Chris Todd and John Aveyard both hit 45 in reply but Rowntrees missed a 14th win, closing on 164-7.
Sheriff Hutton Bridge rise to charity challenge
Sheriff Hutton Bridge are staging a charity match in aid of York Against Cancer in memory of Phil Fisher on Sunday, starting at noon.
Following last season’s successful fixture, Yorkshire Academy will again provide the opposition and are likely to include a number of players who have represented Yorkshire at various levels and England Under-19s after starting their careers with Hunters York & District Senior League clubs.
The Bridge side will include Matthew Fisher who, on June 9, aged 15, became the youngest player to play a competitive county cricket game, beating a 91-year-old record.
He will be playing alongside his two brothers, Adam, who is Sheriff Hutton Bridge captain and a regular player in the RAF line-up, and Mark, who was voted the league’s best representative player in 2012.
A good crowd is anticipated.
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