All-rounder Dan stars in Ryedale’ opening success

The whole of the division A and division C programmes were wiped out in the Beckett League on Saturday, but there was some action in division B.

Dan Hardey was the star man for Ryedale in their 10-wicket success at East Ayton against Forge Valley 2nds - the Pickering side’s first win of the season.

Valley were reduced to 35-5 before number seven batsman Wesley Wharton added 29 but Alex Ibbotson’s 6-36 from his 13 overs and Hardey, who took 3-55 bowling unchanged, dismissed the hosts for 109 in 40 overs.

Hardey wrapped up the win after the tea interval with an explosive display of batting, thrashing seven fours and five sixes in an unbeaten 81.

Fellow opener Rob Featherstone remained 11 not out as the visitors raced to victory.

Staxton 2nds cruised to an eight-wicket win at home to Cayton 2nds.

Jes Riley, 35, and Sam Williams, 36, were Cayton’s principle scorers, but Josh Grover, 4-12 from six overs, and Chris Stephenson, 4-18 from eight, the latter being backed up by two excellent catches by former Hunmanby player Mathew Pearson, had the visitors taking tea on 103.

Andy Dove’s unbeaten 37, supported by 23 from Craig Hill and Glen Rawson’s 26, guided Staxton to victory by eight wickets.

Settrington were thankful for a 95-run fifth-wicket partnership between Adam Morley, 49, and Eddie Rounthwaite, 79no, which took them to 192-7 after 43 overs on their own ground against Fylingdales.

For the visitors Steve Husband claimed 3-62 and Mark Estill 2-59 when rain intervened and there was no further play possible.

In the Derwent Valley League the only match to be played to a conclusion saw Seamer 3rds win by four wickets at Sewerby 3rds in division B.

The home side posted 132-4, mainly thanks to an unbeaten 50 from John Faulkner and 34 from Sam Coultas.

In reply, teenager Matty Morris top-scored with 54, while fellow youngster Jake Moore struck 34 as the visitors secured the win despite some top bowling from Matthew Faulkner, 3-40.

The only other game to start in this league was the match between division A leaders Ebberston 2nds and visitors Whitby 3rds.

The away team had reached 149-6 when rain stopped play, Will Donald having hit 49 and Steve Crowther 32, James Gunn bagging 3-27.