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Woodhouse Grange lift Senior Cricket League title after bossing final day decider
Woodhouse Grange wicketkeeper Mike Burdett catches the ball between his knees to dismiss Dunnington’s Danny Barrett off Dave Suddaby
Woodhouse Grange won the Hunters York & District Senior Cricket League premier division crown for the 13th time – and the fourth time in five seasons – after overwhelming Dunnington in their title decider.
The nine-wicket win sealed a fourth premier division and Hunters League Cup double for the Sutton-on-Derwent-based side.
Dunnington skipper Paul Miles was playing his final game before retiring, while former West Indies international Collis King was also making his farewell appearance after a record-breaking 12 years for the club.
King was the only Dunnington batsman to make any impression as he scored 41. A lethal spell by Dave Suddaby of 5-3 ripped through visitors’ batting line-up.
With Tom Quinn taking 3-36 and Steve Burdett 2-39, Dunnington were felled for 87 in 38.5 overs.
After the first-over loss of Nick Hadfield, Chris Bilton raced to 60 not out as he and Mike Hattee, with a more circumspect 15 not out, saw Grange to victory.
Clifton Alliance took full advantage of Dunnington’s fruitless day to snatch the runners-up place after beating York by 71 runs.
Hosts Alliance were given a cracking start by Adam Slater (81) and Nick Hindle (64), who posted an opening stand of 112.
John Gilham hit 42 and John Hunter 35 as they totalled 296-6.
Mike Mortimer (3-66) was the most successful member of the attack.
In response, Gareth Fenton hit 73, Steve Jones 43 and Mark Thomas 32. Richard Carroll claimed 3-67, but a 3-11 return from three overs by wicketkeeper Rory Walker polished York off for 225.
Studley Royal relinquished fourth place when they crashed to an eight-wicket defeat at Beverley.
Studley’s Rob Nicholson hit 117 in a total of 234 all out, while Beverley’s Matt Mudd took his wicket total to 49 with a 5-83 return and Peter Groves took 4-41.
Groves then smashed 105 as he and Olly Grantham, with 106 not out, added 164 for the second wicket.
Hosts Easingwold were set on course for a 36-run victory over Selby by opening duo Martin Piercy (61) and Jonathon Marwood (49) with a stand of 111. Gareth Roberts claimed 4-65 as the hosts got 206-9.
Selby lost four wickets cheaply before Eddie Rosa (68) and Lee Wild (61) added 105 for the fourth wicket. However, Matt Turnbull (3-43), Paul Skilbeck (3-38) and Andy Metcalfe (3-22) ousted them for 170.
Sessay were relegated after a seven-wicket defeat at Sheriff Hutton Bridge. Bridge bowler Jamie Hopper took 5-27 and Mark Fisher 4-36 as Sessay were all out for 142.
Paul Oldfield (54) and Adam Fisher (42no) led the chase.
Stamford Bridge staved off the drop by getting the better of a draw against relegated Goole. Dominic Rhodes hit 112 in Bridge’s 250-4. Goole drew at 168-8.