Dove seals double awards delight

Chris Dove of Staxton
Chris Dove of Staxton

The 2017 Readers Scarborough Beckett League Merit Award winners have been announced with Staxton’s Chris Dove taking two of the top flight’s honours.

Dove sealed the batting award in the Premier Division after scoring 818 runs in Staxton’s title-winning campaign at an average of 48.18.

Jake Hatton of Flixton

Jake Hatton of Flixton

The Staxton man also pouched 18 catches to scoop the fielding award.

Staithes all-rounder Chris Morrison took 60 wickets at an average of 8.92 to collect the bowling award, while Nawton Grange’s wicketkeeper Charlie Allott was the best in the league, claiming 24 victims.

Morrison was also a double-award winner as he scooped the John Lockey Memorial Award for the most wickets across the five divisions.

In Division One, another player to take home two accolades was Flixton 2nds youngster Jake Hatton.

Hatton’s tally of 534 runs at an average of 38.14 was enough to win him the batting award in his division, while he took the Paul Cooper Memorial Award for the young batsman with the most runs across the divisions, hitting 742 in total including his innings for the club’s third team in Division Three.

Mark Bruce was Division One’s best bowler with 39 wickets, while Tim Hunt of Thornton Dale and Mulgrave’s Kieran Noble were the division’s best fielder and wicketkeeper respectively.

Division Two’s award winners were Ravenscar batsman Joe Bayes (543 runs), Kirkbymoorside’s veteran bowler Howard Mudd (29 wickets), Harry Purves of Fylingdales (11 catches), and Ganton wicketkeeper Anthony Allison (17 victims).

Pete Hill was Division Three’s best batsman, hitting 417 runs, while Leigh Watson’s 39 wickets for Snainton won him the bowling honours.

Brett Canham’s 18 catches claimed him the fielding award, while Nawton Grange 2nds’ Terry Ellis took the wicketkeeping honours after taking 16 victims.

The best batting average across the five divisions came courtesy of Mulgrave 2nds’ Chris Spenceley, who took the Division Four award after hitting 505 runs at 63.03.

Marc Dring took 55 wickets for league winners Heslerton 2nds, who dominated the rest of the division’s categories.

Rob Green took the fielding honours after claiming 13 catches, while wicketkeeper Gareth Driver’s 24 victims scooped him top spot.

Pickering 3rds youngster James Boyes claimed the Paul Lockey Memorial Award for the best young bowler after taking 31 wickets.

PREMIER DIVISION

BATTING:

Chris Dove (Staxton) 818 runs @ 48.18

BOWLING:

Chris Morrison (Staithes) 60 wickets @8.92 (Pictured below)

FIELDING:

Chris Dove (Staxton) 18 catches

WICKETKEEPING:

Charlie Allott (Nawton Grange) 24 victims.

DIVISION ONE

BATTING:

Jake Hatton (Flixton 2nds)

534 runs @ 38.14

BOWLING:

Mark Bruce (Brompton) 39 wickets @ 9.51

FIELDING:

Tim Hunt (Thornton Dale) 13 catches

WICKETKEEPING:

Kieran Noble (Mulgrave) 24 victims

DIVISION TWO

BATTING:

Joe Bayes (Ravenscar)

543 runs @ 36.20

BOWLING:

Howard Mudd (Kirkbymoorside) 29 wickets @ 12.00

FIELDING:

Harry Purves (Fylingdales) 11 catches

WICKETKEEPING:

Anthony Allison (Ganton) 17 victims

DIVISION THREE

BATTING:

Pete Hill (Flixton 3rds) 417 runs @ 37.91

BOWLING:

Leigh Watson (Snainton) 39 wickets @ 13.33

FIELDING:

Brett Canham (Scarborough Rugby Club) 18 catches

WICKETKEEPING:

Terry Ellis (Nawton Grange 2nds) 16 victims

DIVISION FOUR

BATTING:

Chris Spenceley (Mulgrave 2nds)

505 runs @ 63.03

BOWLING:

Marc Dring (Heslerton 2nds) 55 wickets @ 7.45

FIELDING:

Rob Green (Heslerton 2nds) 13 catches

WICKETKEEPING:

Gareth Driver (Heslerton 2nds) 24 victims

INDIVIDUAL

JOHN LOCKEY MEMORIAL AWARD:

Chris Morrison (Staithes)

PAUL COOPER MEMORIAL AWARD:

BATTING: Jake Hatton (Flixton) 742 runs

BOWLING: James Boyes (Pickering 3rds) 31 wickets.