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Senior Cricket League: Sheriff Hutton Bridge stay top of premier division
THE Fisher brothers were to the fore as Sheriff Hutton Bridge stayed top of the Hunters York & District Senior Cricket League premier division leaders with a six-wicket win over Stamford Bridge.
Batting first at Moor Farm, Stamford eased to 48, thanks to 38 by Phil Hill, before losing their first wicket to Jamie Hopper.
The same bowler then took two more wickets before a game-changing spell by Mark Fisher earned him a career-best 7-47 in 19 overs. This bag included the last five wickets, all clean bowled, as Stamford were all out for 133.
Hopper gave sterling support in bowling a full stint of 25 overs for figures of 3-66.
Sheriff Hutton Bridge’s innings started in dramatic fashion when Mark Fisher fell to the first delivery from Steve Sergeant.
The bowler then had further success when Matt Fisher fell to the fifth ball of the opening over to make it 0-2.
The senior Fisher, Adam, then took the initiative with some fine shots, despite losing a further partner cheaply.
Rob Pinder helped steady the boat with 22 before skipper Paul Scaling (21no) accompanied Fisher to the winning post, which came after 29 overs as Fisher made an unbeaten 77.
All four wickets to fall went to Sergeant, who took 4-46 off 15 overs.
Batting first at Clifton Alliance, Easingwold were dismissed for 119 as Alex Renton (4-31) and John Thornton (6-25) put the home side in pole position. Martin Piercy hit 34 and Paul Skilbeck made 46.
In reply, Scott Hopkinson made 35, Nick Hindle 33 and Joel Hughes 25 to steer Clifton to a four-wicket win, despite a 3-11 return by seamer Andy Metcalfe.
Both sides earned maximum batting points when Sessay had the better of a draw at Dunnington.
There were Sessay half-centuries from Matt Till (53) and Jacob Spencer (60), and Nick Thorne hit 37, as Sessay posted a total of 235-9.
Former Sessay star Dave Johnson took 5-76 and followed with 46.
However, Dunnington then lost five wickets before Adam Sutcliffe (66no) and Paul Miles (33no) saw them to a draw at 204-5.
Division one champions Selby suffered a heavy home defeat when their batting subsided to 71 all out as York’s Richard Love (3-38) and Mike Mortimer (5-23) exploited conditions.
Chasing a modest 71, York lost an early wicket before Ian Jarvis (26no) and Simon Lambert (23no) eased to a nine-wicket victory.
Richard Mann made an immediate impression for his new team as Woodhouse Grange finally got their season under way.
The former Goole player took 4-30 as Beverley Town tumbled to 97 all out at Norwood Park.
Andrew Burton’s match best score of 43 proved ineffective as Chris Bilton’s 21 helped Grange to a four-wicket victory.
Studley Royal’s two close- season signings from Harrogate both featured in an advantage draw at Goole Town.
Stuart Clark made an unbeaten 37 to support the 91 made by Gary Blackburn in Studley’s 167-8, then Dan Craven (3-30) combined with fellow spinner Steve Walmsley (3-39), to restrict Goole to 128-7.