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York Vale Cricket: Crouch ends Stockton resistance
HEMINGBROUGH went to the top of the HPH York Vale Cricket League first division with victory against Stockton & Hopgrove.
Blistering bowling by Glen Crouch, who returned 3-11 from a dozen high-octane overs, soon had Stockton in trouble at 20-5. Although S&H managed to total 94, Brough eased home by four wickets with 17 overs to spare.
They took over at the summit from North Cave who lost at home by ten runs to Ovington, whose Craig Nicholl (77) and Nigel Metcalfe (54) shared a match-winning third-wicket partnership of 120.
Bishopthorpe ’s Scott Reeves (5-39) produced some fine away swingers as Burn were bowled out for 174. It looked as though it would be enough for Burn, but Ian Holmes hit 63 from 48 balls, including three successive sixes, to help the Bishops home.
Copmanthorpe recovered from 68-6 after 25 overs to make 168 against Wheldrake thanks to 49 from number nine batsman Chris Hall. Struggling Wheldrake then failed to deal with any of the Cop bowlers and were shot out for 63.
Clifton Alliance’s sorry season continued with defeat against Hirst Courtney for whom Craig Lawson top-scored with 51.
Westow skipper Mark Earle produced a stunning all-round display with 102 and 5-18 in their first division two win of the season, crushing Kelfield by 138 runs.
Fulfordgate’s Max Henderson (6-13) and Alan Baldock (3-6) blew out Askham Bryan for just 35. Earlier Pete Wood had taken 4-13 in 11 immaculate overs for Askham.
Karl Wallis was eight-man Thixendale’s hero as he shed the wicketkeeping gloves to take 5-32 and earn a 20-run win against Melbourne in division three. Geoff Room, who played behind the stumps, scored 58 not out.
York’s stylish youngsters beat South Cave & Brantingham by seven wickets, leg-spinner Alex Lilley taking 3-6 to follow his unbeaten 33 in which he shared a 60-run partnership with Matthew Swaddle (34).
Greg Sykes made 58 to enable Heworth to recover from 54-5 to finish on 152-7 and beat Welton & Brough by nine runs.
Danny Montgomery continued his fine recent form with 101 not out as Burn II hammered Bishopthorpe II by 142 runs in division four.
Yapham – badly affected by the wet weather – finally managed to complete their first division five fixture by slaughtering Askham Bryan II. Mark Fairey was run out for 73 on the penultimate ball of Yapham’s 142-8 total which proved more than enough. Askham capitulated for just 28 as Eddie Hutchinson recorded figures of 7-3-5-4 and Stu Wainwright 6-2-4-3.
Tom White cracked 54 as Woodhouse Grange saw off Thorpe Willoughby II in division six despite the best efforts of Danny Crockford (5-50).
Malton & Old Malton seconds were whipped by ten wickets by Thorp Arch & Boston Spa, whose Arnum Chakraboty took 5-19 and Paul Martin 4-17.
Press performance of the week
WESTOW’S Mark Earle joined the elite band of Vale League players to score a century and take five wickets in a match with 102 and 5-18 against Kelfield in division two.