GILLAMOOR suffered a double whammy in the Feversham League, losing at home by a single run to Spout House before falling by five wickets to Duncombe Park in the Countess of Feversham Cup.

In the first fixture, House made 97-5 in their 18 overs.

Openers Dan Medd (37) and Charlie Allott (30), plus extras (23), were the chief contributors. Gillamoor’s reply was spearheaded by C Campbell (35), until he became one of two James Allison victims.

Opener Ian Smith, run out on 17, and Tom Munday (18) kept Gillamoor in the hunt until a middle-order collapse, caused mainly by Michael Cook, who took 2-13 runs from four overs, eventually caused them to finish just short on 96-8.

Against a 10-man Duncombe Park, opener Nick Thornicroft carried his bat for a fine 48, though was restricted in his stroke-play by Jonathon Leckenby, veteran Colin Humpleby and David Dunn. John Lumley (22) batted well as Gills closed on 104-3.

Jonathon Leckenby (20) and brother Adam (11) kept Park in the hunt, before captain Peter Kent’s cavalier approach paid dividends with 39 not out as victory came with 1.5 overs remaining. Nicholas Allenby, restricted these days to spasmodic appearances, added 16.

Park go to Ampleforth in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Spout House lost by one wicket with two balls remaining when they travelled to Maltby, on the edge of Teesside, for their first round Stokesley’s Dorman Cup tie.

Batting first on a superb large field, House made a sound start through Charlie Allott (11), Brian Leckenby (19), Dan Medd (26) and Dean Coote (20) all recording double figures.

However, only six more runs were added in the remaining five overs for the loss of all wickets. Sixteen-year-old Charlie Irvine took 5-7 in 2.4 overs.

Maltby needed seven runs off the last two overs, and two off the final one, with two wickets left.

Adam Durrant managed three dot balls, the last involving a smart run-out by Warren Jones. But with the fielders up close to stop a single, Maltby’s last man, Nick Witham, lofted his first ball to the long-on boundary.