Senior Cricket League: Woodhouse Grange win top-two battle
CHAMPIONS Woodhouse Grange enjoyed the better of a draw against 2012 runners-up Clifton Alliance in the Hunters York & District Senior Cricket League premier division.
There were half-centuries for Andrew Bilton (79) and Steve Burdett (59) as well as a useful contribution from Tom Young (37) as Grange posted a total of 212-8 at Shipton Road.
Scott Hopkinson took 4-64 in 13 overs.
Clifton’s reply saw John Gilham make 34 and Ryan Partington 26, but Tom Quinn bowled 15 telling overs to collect 4-17.
Spinner Josh Jackson claimed 3-23 in 13 overs as the Alliance were reduced to 130-9.
Easingwold won a low-scoring encounter at Acomb by nine runs.
Veteran paceman David Sykes earned figures of 4-37, while up-and-coming bowler Harry Booth took 3-13 as Easingwold were felled for 139.
Their chief run contributors were the long-serving pairing of Martin Piercy, with 35, and Dan Copeland, who made 36.
In reply, Matt Dale hit 35 and Joe Burton 31, but a 4-28 return from spinner Steve Piercy tipped the scales in favour of the visitors.
Studley Royal claimed the better of a draw at Sheriff Hutton Bridge thanks to a fine all-round showing by Steve Walmsley.
He made 33 in an opening stand of 57, but his departure saw three wickets fall at the same total.
Home spinner Simon Naylor bowled a tidy 15 overs on the trot to claim 3-41, but Studley’s fortunes were revived by Andy Mackle (37) and Matt Coad (40) as they reached 172-8.
It seemed to be an inadequate target as Paul Oldfield (70) and Mark Fisher (38) posted an opening stand of 75.
However the latter’s departure triggered a collapse as Oldfield lost a series of partners.
He survived run out decision when, having moved to 48, the umpire ruled that the ’keeper had removed the bails in advance of receiving the ball.
However, his side’s victory hopes vanished when he fell for 70.
The Studley revival and subsequent winning draw was inspired by Walmsley, whose spin bowling earned him figures of 5-38 and left the Moor Farmers ruing a missed opportunity as they closed on 152-8.
Former West Indies international Collis King hit 75 to set up a 66-run victory for Dunnington over newcomers Sewerby.
With skipper Adam Iyer making an unbeaten 36, Dunnington reached 242-8, despite visiting bowlers Russ Robinson (3-62) and Shaun Acton (3-56) each bagging a trio of wickets.
Iyer then took 3-18 in a miserly 15-over spell, which saw him deliver ten maidens. He provided support to Dave Johnson, who captured 5-51 as Sewerby fell to 176 all out.
A good partnership between Matt Hoyle and Darrell Guy steered Selby to a convincing victory over Beverley Town.
Town’s Faisal Abid made 34 and Anthony Spence 33, but Andrew Wilson’s fine 6-43 had them all out for 147.
Lee Wild reached 33 for Selby before becoming one of three wickets to fall before Hoyle (66no) and Guy (31no) steered the Abbey men to a seven-wicket win.
York II’s Jake Murphy (6-31) appeared to have put the hosts in command against Stamford Bridge, who were all out for 144 with only Dominic Rhodes (27) resisting.
Rhodes then took 4-19 in his 15 overs and few batsmen were able to get a foothold in the game. Matt Hodsdon’s 40 was the lone high spot as York were dismissed for 101 to lose by 43 runs.
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