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Senior Cricket League: Sheriff Hutton hit Goole with drop kick
SHERIFF Hutton initiated a fall in the only Hunters York & District Senior Cricket League premier division match to beat the Bank Holiday Monday deluge.
Goole Town’s relegation was confirmed when they were beaten at home by Bridge by 49 runs.
The game was reduced to 39 overs per side and saw the Bridge batsmen prosper led by Adam Fisher, who was unbeaten with 65 while his brother Mark made 39.
Skipper Paul Scaling also made 39 and Rob Pinder hit 36, enabling Scaling to declare after 36 overs with a total of 213-5 and giving his bowlers 42 overs in which to dismiss the home team.
This proved to be more than adequate as Mike Smith claimed 6-41 and Johnny Eleanor 4-55 to topple Goole for 164 in the 37th over.
The game at Dunnington was reduced to 30 overs per side but the second innings was abandoned after 23.3 overs with the home team in some disarray after being reduced to 103-7 by Beverley.
This was some way off the pace set by the visitors who had posted an extremely useful 187-7 with half-centuries by Peter Groves (58) and Faisal Abid (58no).
Dave Johnson took 3-51 for Dunnington whose batsmen, with the exception of Danny Barrett’s 25, failed to make serious inroads.
Studley Royal’s chances of pressing for the title were hit when their home game against lowly Stamford Bridge was abandoned just as the toss was being made.
There was no play in the game between York II and Easingwold and Sessay against Woodhouse Grange. Sessay, who face the drop, may do so with an unwanted, and unwarranted, league record of 17 draws.
Division one Pickering have also suffered badly with the weather with over half their games drawn.
They actually took their draw tally to 11 out of 20 games but, in this instance, it was an advantage draw as they totally outplayed Harrogate in a 30-over game.
Dave Greenlay hit 45 and Ben Lealman 30 as the Pikes posted 130-3. Greenlay proved a real thorn in Harrogate’s side as he claimed 3-23 in bowling 15 overs and tying up one end.
He was soundly supported by Tony Evans with 4-42 as Harrogate struggled to 68-8 of which Nick Taylor made 25.
Driffield moved out of the bottom two above both Harrogate and Thirsk with an advantage draw over Hull Zingari.
In a 39-over game, the batting of Andy Chapman (55) and Nick Johnson (38) enabled Driffield to reach 161-8 despite A Page’s 5-53 in 14 overs and Matt Scarr, who had 3-58.
For Hull, Jack Storey hit 54 and James Berridge 26 but a 4-29 stint from Rob Woodcock had Zingari teetering at 147-9.
In the clash between the top two sides in division two at Beverley, the home team inflicted a six-wicket defeat on second-placed Tadcaster Magnet to crown the hosts as champions.
Tadcaster made 140-8 from 37 overs as Nick Robinson claimed 4-24. Phil Smith was the most successful batsman for the Brewers with 39, while Paul Downey (28) and Ed Day (26) chipped in.
Beverley were led to a comfortable win by Tim Smith’s unbeaten 56, 52 from Olly Grantham and Ben Fish’s 24no.
Third-placed Londesbrough Park entertained fourth-placed Whitkirk, who triumphed in style to leap-frog their hosts and Tadcaster.
Whitkirk totalled 183-9 thanks to Simon Parker (51no), Simon Danby (33) and Richard Simpson (31) though Paul Youngman took 3-54 and Mark Tissiman 5-61.
But Ben Danby ripped through the Londesbrough batting to return an impressive haul of 6-27 as the home side subsided to a meagre 49 all out.
Premier division: Goole Town relegated
Div 1: Acomb and Sewerby promoted, Bolton Percy relegated
Div 2: Beverley Town champions
Div 3: New Earswick relegated
Div 4: Castleford relegated
Div 5: Patrington promoted, Whitkirk relegated
Div 6: Bolton Percy promoted, Rowntrees relegated