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Vale League: Seven centuries recorded in one day
SEVEN batsmen recorded centuries in the HPH York Vale Cricket League on Saturday – thought to be a league record for one day.
There were two tons in the Stockton & Hopgrove versus Ovington match which was preceded by a minute’s silence in memory of Ovington’s Under-9s player Matthew Hamer, who tragically died on holiday after falling from a hotel window in Malaysia.
Stockton skipper Richard Kerrison was struck on the elbow by a Craig Nicholl delivery, but after a couple of wickets fell, returned to the crease to battle to an unbeaten 107. Tom Ashby responded with exactly 100 as Ovington overtook the home side’s 257-4 for the loss of just three wickets.
Mike Stellings’ chanceless 115 not out, which featured six sixes, ensured North Cave overhauled Burn’s 192-9 to remain top.
A stand of 121 between Matty Clark (69) and Rob Scarr (67no) saw Hemingbrough to a comfortable victory against Copmanthorpe .
Bucking the scoring trend was Hirst Courtney’s Craig Lawson, who destroyed Wheldrake with figures of 9.4-1-19-7 – the best by a top-flight bowler this season – as Wheldrake were shot out for 39 on the way to a 157-run defeat. It was only the second seven-wicket haul by a Vale bowler this summer.
In division two, Mark Earle (114no) hit his second ton of the season as Westow beat Barmby Moor, whose Barry Shepherdson ended just short of joining the hundred club with 95 not out.
Despite a fluent 80 from Selby ’s Gareth Pearce and 5-69 from spinner Megan Jones, Fulfordgate were comfortable winners thanks to Liam Hancey’s 78.
Askham Bryan openers Parag Mohite (72) and Phil Allen (66no) set up victory against Kelfield, while Steve Wragg’s 5-26 did the trick for Ben Johnson against Thorpe Willoughby.
Danny Harper (115) and Oliver Varey (6-60) produced the standout performances as Malton & Old Malton saw off fellow strugglers Melbourne in division three.
Father and son Pete and Matty Fairburn saw leaders Heworth beat South Cave & Brantingham.
Pete top scored with 60 before 14-year-old Matty turned the game on its head with three wickets and a run-out in an over on his way to a match-winning 5-19.
Geoff Room’s 70 paved the way for Thixendale’s 204-6 against Stillingfleet, who were all out for 91 as Ben Potter (5-62) and Dean Tyler (4-22) bowled unchanged.
Ross Kelly (112) and Will Brennand (60) shared a fifth-wicket stand of 129 in Bishopthorpe II’s division four win over Heworth II.
Lee Freeman, in only his third match for Askham Bryan II, struck an unbeaten 111 in the division five leaders’ victory against Burton Salmon.
Shaun Perryman’s 5-17 for Dunnington restricted Thorp Arch & Boston Spa to 143-9 but Dunnington’s reply was blighted by suicidal running and at 87-7 looked beaten until Danny Andrew’s match-winning 76 not out.
Stockton & Hopgrove II wicketkeeper Rich Horseman had a good day in the one-run division six win against Woodhouse Grange with five victims and 44 runs.
The Press performance of the week
ON a weekend dominated by batsmen, Hirst Courtney’s Craig Lawson flew the flag for the bowlers with 7-19 in division one against Wheldrake