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Senior Cricket League: Magnet slip but stay in promotion frame
PROMOTION jitters struck Tadcaster Magnet as they lost by two runs to third-placed Londesborough Park in division two of the Hunters York & District Senior Cricket League.
Despite the defeat, Tadcaster remain in second place, 15 points ahead of their conquerors.
Paul Clark, the league’s leading wicket-taker, claimed seven victims for the second time this season to add to a previous nine-wicket haul and two six-timers.
His 7-36, coupled with Ed Day’s 3-51, had dismissed Londesborough for 101, with Mark Tissiman’s 23 the best effort with the bat.
In Tadcaster’s reply, Paul Downey made 35 but the combined efforts of Rich Foster (4-23) and Tissiman (4-22) had the hosts all out for 99.
Chris Evans was unbeaten with 24 for the victors.
Malton & Old Malton’s game at Hull fell to the weather after 34.5 overs with Malt standing at 104-2.
Steve Linsley was unbeaten with 47 and George Rounthwaite made 32.
Whitkirk kept their promotion hopes alive with a six-wicket home win over Clifton Alliance.
Ryan Partington hit 60 for the York side but Alex Gummerson’s 7-43 had Clifton all out for 169.
Mark Murphy led Whitkirk home with an unbeaten 91. John Thornton took 3-43 for the visitors.
York’s Ben Horsman hit a rapid 100 off 73 balls to set up a 43-run win at Thorp Arch and rekindle the Clifton Parkers’ hopes of avoiding relegation.
Horsman’s blistering innings included seven sixes and ten fours, allowing York to declare on 204-8.
Arch’s Jamie Perkins took 3-47 and Guy Whatmore 4-63. Whatmore then made an undefeated 88 but his side were all out for 161.
Beverley Town II continued their serene march towards the title when they saw off challengers Hornsea by nine wickets.
In division three, Woodhouse Grange’s David Suddaby recorded the 12th hat-trick of the season when he claimed four wickets in the final over as Carlton Towers totalled 229 all out.
Suddaby’s final figures were 4-30, while Paul Grewer took 3-82, while Jonathon Dilks hit. Grange’s reply was abandoned at 59-0 after 12 overs.
Only 45 overs of play were possible at Malton & Old Malton II with Scarborough reaching 155-8. Mike Hurst was undefeated on 50 and Stu Whatmore had taken 3-17.
Duncombe Park moved to 56-3 in 11.2 overs against visitors Welton & Brough before the rain came.
New Earswick ’s plight was made more desperate by a 52-run defeat at Sessay.
Earswick were dismissed for 101 by Ben Scaling (5-33) in reply to Sessay’s 153-5, which featured an unbeaten 40 by John Flintoff.
Ripon moved up into fourth place when they crushed Hovingham by 168 runs thanks to Tom Leeming’s unbeaten 59 and 5-20. Team-mate John Waterfield hit 103 and Rob Taylor made 52.