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Senior Cricket League: Collis King dazzles ’til reign ends in deluge
After two untroubled weeks, the adverse weather returned to smite the Hunters York & District Senior Cricket League programme for the fourth time in eight weeks. A total of 133 games have now either been called off before a ball was bowled or abandoned before the game reached a positive conclusion.
Dunnington’s Collis King rediscovered the form that saw him head the premier division batting averages in 2011 when, after making only 89 runs in five visits to the crease, he raced to 83 in 20 overs as he pummelled the Sheriff Hutton Bridge attack.
After adding 133 with Paul Miles and on course to record his 49th three-figure score in the League, he was trapped lbw by Jamie Hopper.
This was only a minor setback to the hosts who continued to score freely until the umpires called the players off due to lightning which immediately mutated into heavy rain.
At the time of abandonment, skipper Paul Miles was unbeaten on 72, two short of his seasonal best and Dave Johnson was 23 not out.
Bottom-placed Stamford Bridge broke their duck at the eighth attempt when they defeated Selby by six wickets to record the only win in the top four divisions.
Telling bowling by Steve Sergeant (6-54) and Dave Chaplin (3-22) reduced Selby to 18-6.
Faced with the prospect of recording the premier division’s lowest total, Selby were indebted to Tom Collins for their recovery.
The youngster made 45 and had support from skipper Gareth Roberts (16) and Josh Jackson, whose unbeaten 22 enabled Selby to claim one batting point in making 104.
Stamford’s successful reply was fronted by captain Matt Beckett. He made 48 as his side eased to a six-wicket triumph.
Entertaining Beverley, York were going along well, moving to 157-2 before their game was abandoned after 39.3 overs.
This was sufficient time for two home batsmen to make half-centuries with Nick Kay making 53 and Simon Lambert 54 not out. An earlier casualty was Iain Jarvis, who made 38.