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North Cave win York Vale Cricket League title for the first time
The Bishops travelled to Church Street as leaders but were routed by nine wickets after being bowled out for 104 on a slow turning pitch.
Classy opener Mike Stellings then stroked an unbeaten 54 to secure the championship in fine style, Ian Holmes taking the only wicket to fall.
Hemingbrough finished as runners-up as Matty Clark smashed an unbeaten 103 in just 14.2 overs in the nine-wicket hammering of Ovington.
There was also a century for Giles Smith (116) as he put on 174 for Stockton & Hopgrove’s third wicket with Jamie Kerrison as their side amassed 227-5 against Wheldrake. Rich Grimes then took 6-38 as Wheldrake were bowled out for 146.
Ed Clark’s 85 took Burn to a strong 205 by tea against Hirst Courtney, who were in big trouble at 81-6. Sam Dunn’s 66 gave Hirst hope but they closed on 188-8.
A stylish 61 from Liam Hancey steered second division champions Fulfordgate to a five-wicket win at Westow, whose Ali Fothergill hit six sixes in his 73.
Kelfield secured the runners-up spot with a nine-wicket win at relegated Barmby Moor, where Phil Smith took 4-10 and hit 40 for the victors.
Ben Johnson secured a dramatic two-wicket win against Selby in the final over. Gareth Pearce’s 81 not out help Selby to 205-5 by tea and they seemed to have victory in the bag with BJ struggling on 166-8 but Pete Morrison (40no) expertly farmed the bowling to see the York side home.
Phil Holland cracked 71 and took 3-33 but could not prevent York RI from defeat and relegation at Thorpe Willoughby.
Matt Huffer’s unbeaten 87 took Heworth from 49-7 to 165-9, but Steve Varey responded with 83 not out as the Ryedale side stormed home by eight wickets.
The following day Malt thrashed Welton & Brough by nine wickets to escape relegation, Shaun Harland powering them to victory with an undefeated 82. Melbourne, who beat runners-up North Duffield just 24 hours earlier, were relegated.
Seventeen-year-old Bishopthorpe II batsman Sam Davies had a day to remember against Acomb in division four, shattering his previous best innings of 46 with a sparkling 105 as the Bishops won by 70 runs.
A superb bowling display by Stuart Wainwright, who took 6-15 in 11.1 overs, saw Yapham secure the division five title by beating bottom club Thorp Arch & Boston Spa.
Stockton & Hopgrove II secured the division six crown by thrashing Selby II by ten wickets.
The Press performance of the week
Teenager Sam Davies (Bishopthorpe II) ended the season in style with 105 against Acomb in division four, easily surpassing his previous best knock of 46.
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