Woodhouse Grange and Sheriff Hutton Bridge battle on Lord’s trail

Gazette & Herald: Woodhouse Grange batsman Chris Bilton hits another four watched by  Strethouse wicket keeper  Paul Langley. Woodhouse Grange batsman Chris Bilton hits another four watched by Strethouse wicket keeper Paul Langley.

TWO previous winners of the Davidstow National Village Cup will face off for a place in round three when Sheriff Hutton Bridge host Woodhouse Grange on Sunday.

Sutton-on-Derwent-based Grange are seeking another Lord’s final appearance having lifted the trophy in 1995 and 2007, while Bridge are aiming to emulate their final glory of 2005.

Sunday's hosts had a bye in the first round and then they beat Heslerton by five wickets in round two last weekend.

Heslerton were bowled out for 101, with Jordan Grose taking 3-21 and Ben Harrison 2-23. Adam Fisher then made 30 in the winning reply.

Opponents Woodhouse had to overcome a first-round match at Fairburn before trouncing Spofforth to set up the all-York & District Senior League third-round tie.

Grange totalled a huge 388-5 in their 40 overs, led by Chris Bilton's 157 off only 93 balls, with 17 fours and eight sixes.

Tom Young smashed an unbeaten 66 off 28 balls, including two fours and seven sixes, while Andrew Bilton made 55 off 47 balls and Mike Hattee 53 off 32 balls, including six maximums.

Spofforth were then skittled for only 66 in 25.5 overs, with Tom Clark making 23 and Tom Lawson 20 as Andrew Horner took 2-5, Steve Burdett 2-7 and Josh Jackson 2-14.

Visiting captain Burdett is excited about Sunday's duel between last season's Senior League premier division top two.

“It is a huge match which will be very competitive and I am really looking forward to it," he said.

"They are a very well organised side and don’t have any real weaknesses so it will be down to whoever takes their chances on the day.”

He does not see playing away from home being a disadvantage to his side, adding: “Would I prefer to play at Woodhouse Grange? Yes, as its nice to play on home soil but its not a huge advantage.”

Bridge captain Adam Fisher feels the tie is too close to call.

“You have to play really well to beat Woodhouse Grange but we are a young side and are getting better and better each year so I am looking forward to it," he said.

"I am happy with the tie as it is hard to play at Woodhouse but playing at home brings it closer to 50-50.”

Fisher added: “It shows strength of competition in the local area and the fact that teams like Sessay and Studley Royal as well as us (Woodhouse Grange and Sheriff Hutton Bridge) are probably the stronger four in the National Village Cup and all play in the same league."

Woodhouse Grange secretary David Farmer said: “The only disappointment is that this contest comes so early in the competition.

"It would have graced the later rounds, even a Lord’s final, and that shows the strength of local cricket in the York area.”

The match starts at 1.30pm.

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