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Senior Cricket League: Tadcaster Magnet stay five points clear
10:45am Tuesday 4th September 2012 in Sport
Tadcaster Magnet remain five points adrift of second-placed Whitkirk in division two of the Hunters York & District Senior Cricket League after Paul Clark led them to a 73-run triumph over relegation-threatened Clifton Alliance.
Clark hit 48 as, together with John Hill (50) and S Lendhill (27), he helped Magnet to 210-9.
Andy Parkinson took 4-51 and Ali Wray 3-56 for Alliance with the former then hitting 59 when his side replied.
But Clark’s 5-38 had the hosts all out for 137 and hoisted his season’s tally to 69 wickets.
Relegated Osbaldwick were saved from defeat when their last pair reached 167-9 against Hull with Matt Dunne making 30 not out as C Hodgson took 5-23.
Another relegation-menaced side, York III, squeezed to a one-wicket victory over Hornsea to maintain their chances of avoiding the drop.
York’s hero was Ben Horseman with 79 to steer his side to 170-9. For Hornsea, Paul Clappison hit 87 and Stephen Croft took 6-77, but to no avail.
Division three leaders Woodhouse Grange require just two points from their final game to clinch the title after they effectively ended the promotion aspirations of Duncombe Park in a ten-wicket trouncing.
Peter Humpleby was unbeaten on 61 in Park’s 108 all out, a total that presented no problem to openers Matt Hattee (52no) and Jon Bean (47no).
Eleventh-placed Malton kept their survival hopes afloat by beating Hovingham by 62 runs. James Skelton ’s 5-21 had Malton ousted for 118, but H Clark then skittled the home side for 59 with a 5-38 haul.
Martin Hewitson (5-29) and Andy James (76no) starred in New Earswick ’s win over Carlton Towers for whom Darren Graves made 52.
Richard Fountain 70, Tom Hall 67 and Dan Easton’s 5-43 haul helped Sessay to gain much the better of a draw over Sheriff Hutton.
Joe Schofield made 69 for the losers who need eight points from their final game to ensure retaining their divisional status.
Scarborough remain on the fringe of relegation after losing by just two runs to Pocklington.
Rich Readman made 51 and Andy Inns 43 in Pocklington’s 199-4, while A Crombie hit 64 not out and Joe Padmore 37 as N Saltmer (4-31) pegged Scarbbrough to 197-8.
Just one point will seal the division four title for Acomb after their 41-run win over Stillington.
In Acomb’s 155-8, Paul Hemmingway made 44 and James Fletcher 48 as Wayne Linton claimed 5-39.
Harry Booth, taking 5-16, and Neil Hinde 3-18 dismissed Stillington for 114.
Huntington ’s promotion hopes were jolted when they lost at Easingwold by six wickets.
Tom Langstaff was the main thorn in their side in taking 4-22 and then scoring an undefeated 35 as Huntington’s 94 was chased down with some ease. Jack Hugill scored 47.