BECKETT LEAGUE: Bayes and Charlton punish Muston

Wykeham batsman Andy Shepherdson.
Wykeham batsman Andy Shepherdson.
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Kirkbymoorside edged ahead in the race for the Beckett League Division Three title by taking maximum points from their encounter with Muston.

Two stunning knocks from Andy Bayes and Martin Charlton, who only narrowly missed out of centuries, led them to set an imposing target of 236-4.

Wykeham batsman Scott Wardman

Wykeham batsman Scott Wardman

Charlton made 89 and Bayes was left unbeaten two runs short of a hundred, to put the game beyond the visitors.

Howard Mudd helped to clean up Muston for 130, with 4-36, despite valiant knocks by Max Truelove (31) and Phil Robson (26).

Seamer 2nds remain hot on the Moorsiders’ heels, but had to settle for 18 points from their win over Heslerton 2nds.

Heslerton posted 169 all out, aided considerably by a knock of 83 from on-loan Flamborough opener Luke Dixon, as Steve Winwood and Jamie Griffin picked up three wickets apiece.

Andy Shepherdson facing a Max Harland delivery.

Andy Shepherdson facing a Max Harland delivery.

Phil Metcalfe (40 not out), Rob Lazenby (29) and Corey Towell (28) shared responsibility during the run chase and Seamer won with three wickets remaining. Burton bagged 3-41 for Heslerton.

Third-placed Wykeham 2nds amassed 201-8 at home to struggling Ryedale, on an excellent day for Scott Wardman.

First up, he made 71 with the bat, and then he collected 5-11 to seal a 71-run victory.

Mark Vasey (34 not out), Andy Shepherdson (28) and James Shepherdson (3-20) also impressed for Wykeham, who found resistance from Ryedale’s Neil Cowton and Dan Hardy with scores of 56 and 29.

Flixton 3rds went down on home soil to Nawton Grange 2nds, for whom Neil Ward made a match-winning 63.

Batting first, Flixton made 142, with Ben Chamberlain top scoring with 26, but Ward proved that target was not enough and with assistance from John Moxon (32) and James Dunn (30 not out), Grange won by seven wickets.

They then hosted Flamborough in a re-arranged game on Sunday, which had a thrilling ending. Flamborough’s Marcos Garcia made 52 and Dixon followed his loan exploits the previous day with 42, while Graeme Harvey added 26 in a total of 178-6.

Nawton responded well, Moxon made 32, on-loan keeper-batsman Steve Temple hit 52 and Ward made 38 not out, but 5-53 from Dixon saw the home finished just one run short, with one ball remaining.

Sean Exley made the highest Beckett League score of the day as he smashed 154 not out for Cloughton 2nds in Division Four.

Cayton 3rds were on the receiving end and they eventually crumbled to a 194-run defeat.

Exley, backed up by 67 from Lewis Taylor in an opening stand of 187, set Cloughton on the way to a huge 246-4 declared, and it was all too much for their opponents, who were routed for just 52, youngster Jacob Codling and Gary Jordan taking three wickets apiece.

With Cayton suffering, Snainton were able to stretch their lead at the top of the table with another comfortable result.

Ben Norman and Leigh Watson piled on the runs, finishing unbeaten on 82 and 70 in a total of 202-4 against Wold Newton 2nds, for whom David Stockdale took 2-27.

The Woldsmen began the day in third spot but they had no answer to their visitors and Watson capped a memorable day with 5-14 in the second innings. Luke Smith took four wickets for just four runs as their reply ended on 70.

Hospitals Rugby Club edged past Filey 2nds, who had set them 103 to win.

Colin Charnock (31) and Nathan Vernon (25) got Filey past three figures, but 5-28 for Brett Canham made life difficult.

Hospitals did not find it easy, but Mark Kelly hit 27 not out at just the right time to get them home with three wickets in hand, despite 4-21 from Lewis Adams.

No play was possible in the game between Lockton and Sherburn 2nds.

Andrew Bloomfield made the headlines in Division Five, as he hit an unbeaten 69 in Ravenscar 2nds’ nine-wicket win at Muston 2nds.

The visitors were chasing 99, after experienced campaigner Anthony White had taken 3-29. John Precious was top scorer for Muston with 33.

The top two met but it was something of a mismatch as leaders Valley Bar Nomads beat Wykeham 3rds by eight wickets to move 46 points clear.

Anosh George claimed the man of the match honours after taking 6-22 as hosts Wykeham were sent packing for 69, with Babu Mathew also picking up three wickets.

Nick McNally’s 29 not out eased the Nomads home.

Basement boys Scalby 3rds lost ground at the foot of the table after losing at Ganton 2nds.

All out for 78, Scalby’s only innings of note came from Grant Elwell with 30.

Danny Farrow took 3-23 for Ganton and then watched Dan Reardon steady the ship after a collapse in their reply, as they recovered from 45-5 to get to 80-6 and claim 17 points.

Forge Valley 3rds just had too much for Thornton Dale 2nds.

Neil Arnott made 68 and Christian Reddish added 31 in Valley’s 187 all out, as Paul Waring (4-36) and Paul Elgey (3-42) enjoyed successful spells.

Thornton Dale made a good attempt to chase down the target, with Pat Stephenson leading the charge with 81 and Gary Parker hitting 34, but they eventually fell 17 runs short.