THORNTON Dale fell for only 75 as they lost a low-scoring affair against Staxton 2nds on the opening day of the Readers Scarborough Beckett League division ‘B’ season.

Home skipper Chris Headlam had no hesitation in asking Staxton to bat on winning the toss and, with scoring proving difficult on a green wicket, it looked a good move.

Dan Hills took 4-22 as the visitors posted a modest 104-7 at 45 overs.

However, this proved more than enough as Mark Dove bagged 5-17 in the reply, with Gareth Hunt (27) the only batsman to make a mark.

Ganton’s Dan Steele took 5-19 but was on the losing side against Fylingdales, for whom Barry Hayes made 45 in a total of 159, which was 47 runs too good for the hosts.

Ryedale lost to league newcomers Mulgrave, having been restricted to 113-9 in reply to the visitors’ 184. A Spenceley took 5-19 for the victors.

T Ward’s 5-16, meanwhile, had Forge Valley 2nds all out for 69 in reply to Cayton 2nds’ 178-8.

In division ‘C’, Aussie newcomer Michael Dawson hit 70 not out to take Heslerton 2nds to an eight-wicket win over Ebberston 2nds.

Skipper Chris Beal had anchored Ebberston’s innings with a patient 29, with Joe Dunnet (35no) lifting the total to 128-6 in their 45 overs.

Ryan Wharton took 2-6 from six overs and Phil Coverdale 2-30, his wickets falling to consecutive balls.

Teenager Dawson got used to local batting conditions quickly, while Wharton added 28, before an unbeaten 16 from new skipper James Almond completed the victory.

Marcus Edwards took 5-11 and Dan Bateson 3-8 as Fylingdales were bowled out for 51 in a 67-run defeat by Wykeham 2nds.

Cloughton opted to bat first at Seamer 2nds and it paid off handsomely.

Liam Salt (31) and Andy Clyde (26) contributed to a decent start and, although they were pegged back to 123-7, a quick 69 by Steven Chambers took them to a good total of 197.

Seamer were shot out for 61 with Mark Bennett picking up 5-20.