Pilmoor Cricket League: Wilkinson leads champions Thirsk to victory in opener

Champions Thirsk opened the defence of their Pilmoor Evening Cricket League division one title with a convincing win at Alne.

Only Tom Wilson, who made 22 not out, made any progress as Alne struggled to 77-7, Jake Petty taking 2-8. Thirsk’s reply reached 78-2 with James Wilkinson making 30 not out.

At Newburgh, Sessay took first innings and saw Luke Ramsay top score with 44 as they posted 117-6. Nick Thorne hit 27 and captain Matthew Wass made 26.

The home reply was led by James Banks (48) but it crumbled in fading light to 94-9. Ramsay claimed 3-20, while Ben Scaling took 4-3.

Sheriff Hutton Bridge batted first at home to Dringhouses and made 104-6, with David Speake making an unbeaten 35.

When Dringhouses replied, Tim Wills made 25 and his good work was carried on by Phil Holland (33no), who hit the winning runs off the last ball of the match as the York side reached 105-5.

Helperby had a comfortable win at home to Clifton Alliance. The visitors were all out for 65, having no answer to J Allen (4-22), Matt Poulter (3-7) and Will Perragrin (3-17). Helperby cruised to 68-3 in less than nine overs, with Peter Orton making 27 not out and Lane Tutty 22.

In division two, Sheriff Hutton posted the highest score of the evening when they made 139-1 against Crayke. Richard Ainley (46no) and David Hull (55 ret) were the main men. Crayke’s Graeme Dawson made 53 retired and Dave Allitt 41, but they closed ten runs in arrears on 129-9.

At New Earswick, Rowntrees & Huntington made 98-5 with Tom Shaw hitting 26 and C Walters 27.

The reply was fronted by Chris Smith, who made 36, but Shaw took 3-14. They needed 15 off the last over and Andy Horner (26no) hit the first three balls for six, six and four to take his side to victory on 100-6.

Easingwold batted first at Raskelf and Dan Copeland (50 ret) led them to 126-6. Sam Porter snared 3-16 from four overs.

Tommy Langstaff then claimed 4-2 and Rowan Capper 3-22 as Raskelf were all out for 87, despite 41 from Sam Porter.

Civil Service were well beaten at home by Acomb. The hosts batted first and made 66-6 with Alex Ingram making 21, while Christian Burton took 2-13 for Acomb, who won easily at 67-1.

Huby batted first at Stillington and their 87-7 was mainly due to 25 from Ian Varney. Cole Todd took 2-5 from his four overs and Mark Aconley took 2-9. Aconley then hit an unbeaten 52 as Stillington won at 85-1.

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