SIMON Walgate hit 53 as Thixendale’s batting power proved too strong for Hirst Courtney during the quarter-finals of the HPH Cup.

Thixendale made 210 in the HPH York Vale League knockout competition with Walgate’s efforts complemented by Jonty Gillingham (42), Les Milburn (36) and Richard Walker (28) at the crease.

Courtney could only muster 67 all out in response.

Elsewhere, Ovington were pegged back to 145-9 by Clifton Alliance thanks to Lewis Clarj (4-28) and Joe Hodge (3-29) .

A fourth-wicket partnership of 85 between juniors Jacob Lamb and Jack Walmesley proved the innings’ highlight.

After a sedate state, the Clifton response then accelerated at the half-way stage to secure a seven-wicket victory with Nial Tilsley (59no) and Lewis Clark (48no) steering them home with overs to spare.

Stockton & Hopgrove (79-3) ran out comfortable winners at Hemingbrough (75) after Tom Williams (4-8) and Matt Bradshaw (4-4) ripped through their opponents’ batting line-up.

Rich Kerrison (29) provided the backbone of the visitors’ reply to secure their semi-final slot.

In the Scouthern Construction Cup, division three side Burn from turned over division two outfit Clifton Alliance.

Batting first, Clifton’s innings of 122 faltered against the bowling of the ever-reliable Dan Robinson (4-42) and Patrick Abbott (3-34).

Runs from Sam Edwards (40) and Bob Adamson (39no) then steered the home side to victory with wickets and overs to spare.

Bolton Percy (120) pushed Bishopthorpe (154) all the way, with veteran Colin Markham (38) hitting seven fours in the latter’s innings.

Junior players were the stand-out performers in Percy’s reply with Max Thomas (43) injecting impetus before wickets from young Josh Edmondson (4-35) enabled Bishopthorpe to wrestle control.

Ovington (191-7) ran out comfortable winners against Pocklington (124-8) with batting contributions from Tom Mason (40), John Woodhall (43) and Tom Irwin (31) laying the foundations of their win.

Monty Greyner and Unwin Waidyarante also each picked up two wickets for the winners.

Dunnington (202-5) overpowered a below-par Thorpe Willoughby (72) with telling performances from Harvey Jackson (6-26) and Steve Jackson (93).

Division one side South Cave & Brantingham (240-8) enjoyed their first trip to third division Heslington (162 -8) in the Guy Mitchell Plate Cup.

Adam Lucy (62) and Mark Ash (86) were in command with the bat despite wickets from Heslington’s Richard Simpson (3-42) and James Lister (3-28).

Following the loss of early wickets, David Fairclough (33) and skipper Iain Tessier (37) put the home side in contention.

But a brilliant run out put paid to Tessier and, despite Phil Northing’s 32, the underdogs fell short.

Yapham (91-2) comfortably overcame Selby (87) thanks to the likes of Mark Fairey (27) and Dan Isenstein (30no).

Tight bowling from Will Cardy (2-10) from his ten overs had earlier put a stranglehold on Yapham.

Melbourne (125-3) defeated Stamford Bridge (121-9) comfortably.

Scott Coupland (3-33) and Andy Forman (2-13) did the early damage to the Stamford innings with Oliver Steels (49no) and Matt Beevers (31no) supplying the runs to guide Melbourne to victory.

Press Player of the week – Clifton Alliance’s Lewis Clark for his 4-28 and 48 not out