Vale Cricket League: Bishopthorpe go top as Ovington's unbeaten run comes to an end

Selby’s Steve Sherwood in action against Westow in the HPH York Vale League

Westow's Mark Earle in action against Selby in the HPH York Vale League

Selby's Richard Sherwood in action against Westow in the HPH York Vale League .Picture: David Harrison

Westow's Jamie Smith in action against Selby in the HPH York Vale League. Picture: David Harrison

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IT’S all change at the top of division one of the HPH York Vale Cricket League after Ovington lost for the first time this season.

Coupled with the suspension of Thixendale, whose record has been expunged, it saw a reshuffle of the leading positions.

For once, Ovington’s batting failed as they were bowled out for 131 after being 76-1 at North Cave whose James Windeatt took a match-winning 6-30. Dave Brummitt and Richard Waites hit back for the York side with three-wicket hauls to reduce Cave to 89-6 but an all-boundary 28 from Simon Brett gave Cave a three-wicket win.

Bishopthorpe, who have played a game more than their main rivals, are the new leaders after defeating North Duffield by two wickets. Duffield’s failure to score a boundary in their last seven overs cost them dear as their 191-8 proved inadequate as Ross Kelly’s 67 and a late flourish by the lower order earned the Bishops victory with four balls to spare.

Fulfordgate got bogged down against Kelfield, batting out 14 maidens in their 40 overs to make a modest 100-9. Kelfield cleaned up without losing a wicket, Andy Charlton retiring on 41, leaving Phil Smith and Matt Walker to complete the job.

Mark Earle’s stunning summer for Westow continued with yet another century. His unbeaten 111 guided his side to victory against Selby in division two and took his haul of runs to beyond 600 in a rain-hit season.

More than 400 of those runs have come in his last three innings, his latest ton following his remarkable 213 against Heworth and 101 against Clifton Alliance.

Selby made 188-3 with Steve Sherwood remaining undefeated on 111. But Sherwood’s innings was matched by Westow captain Earle who caned a dozen fours and six sixes off the Selby attack.

Heworth won a last-over thriller against South Cave with Paul Whitley scrambling three down to deep fine leg off the final ball to clinch a one-wicket win after Pete Fairburn hit 77. Norman Drew’s gutsy 86 set up Ben Johnson’s win against Stillingfleet.

Fifteen-year-old Jake Atkinson (107) scored his maiden ton in senior cricket, establishing a new Clifton Alliance record partnership of 168 for the fourth wicket with Richard Marshall (62no), against Hirst Courtney.

Catches win matches is the old adage and it proved to be the case for Melbourne whose fielders held ten chances to remove Askham Bryan for 116 – five of them falling to wicketkeeper Matt Beevers.

Andrew Cole (65) and 42 from 29 deliveries by Liam Herringshaw provided the platform for Ovington II’s division three win at Yapham whose Will Cardy bowled well for 6-34.

Despite 75 from John Cockerill, high-flying Hemingbrough crashed from 87-3 to 114 all out to lose to Thorpe Willoughby whose Andy Kirk made 64.

Des Healey’s unbeaten 60 not out proved in vain as eight-man Stamford Bridge at Burton Salmon in division four. Mark Horsey was Salmon’s man in form with 80 not out.

Thorpe Willoughby II recorded their first win since the first week of May by beating Selby II.

Press Performance of the Week

Teenager Jake Atkinson (107) for his first century in senior cricket for Clifton Alliance against Hirst Courtney in division two.

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