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Sheriff Hutton Bridge II grasp Senior Cricket League promotion place
2:40pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Sport
SHERIFF Hutton Bridge II gained promotion from Hunters York & District Senior League division five on a day of twists and turns.
The top two, Heworth and Selby, met at Elmpark Way, where the hosts came out on top to give SHB the chance to snatch runners-up spot from Selby.
The Bridge’s bid for promotion started unpromisingly at Welton & Brough where their four regular bowlers made little impression on a greenish pitch as the hosts reached 60 without loss.
However, the introduction of part-time slow bowlers brought about a remarkable change as 10 wickets fell for 41 runs to leave the home side all out for 101.
David Speake started the rot with two quick wickets in eventual figures of 4-17, while Dave Gilbertson, in one of his infrequent appearances, backed him with 4-21.
James Beaton made 33 for the home side, who were only able to capture four wickets before they were defeated. Mike Smith’s 33 was decisive as SHB maintained their unbeaten record.
Castleford II made 164-9 at Stamford BridgeII, for whom Mark Fairweather took 3-19. Andy Healey spearheaded Stamford’s reply, making 58 not out after Roddy Vann had hit 34 in a winning total of 165-4.
Hovingham II ended their relegation season in division six with some kind of high as they beat Carlton Towers II by nine wickets – ensuring their visitors also go straight back down after promotion 12 months earlier.
Carlton travelled with a 26-point buffer over Thorp Arch & Boston Spa II, but it was not enough as they took just two points from the contest as Hovingham cast aside the poor form that has seen them record only one win in 19 games. TABS beat Dunnington to leapfrog them to safety.
Harry Torn made 51 for Carlton but they were held to139-7. C Thorpe (68no) and D Milne (40no) took Hovingham to a good win.
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