Flixton secure crucial victory at Harrogate

Flixton's Richard Malthouse
Flixton's Richard Malthouse

An unbroken stand of 93 between Rich Malthouse, 64no, and Stu Stocks, 42no, swept Flixton to an important seven-wicket division one win at St. George’s Road.

Earlier Harrogate had made 171-5 through George Owram, 28, Rob Stanworth, 35, and Mark Sedgeley, 63. Chris Mann took 3-25 for Flixton who went on to win by seven wickets in the 42nd over.

Batting first at home to Fenner, Pickering were dismissed for 201 off the final delivery of their allotted 48 overs.

Fenner bowlers Luke Robinson, 3-46, and Ryan Kirk, 3-57, wrapped the innings up tidily.

For the Pikes, Mark Shepherd made 46, Colin Frank 45 and Ben Lealman 31.

Fenner’s successful reply saw Ross Davy make 50, Dean Johnson 44 and Paul Scrowston 40.

Dave Greenlay worked hard to claim 3-60 but was unable to prevent the Hull side winning by two wickets in the penultimate over.

In division two, Malton & Old Malton have now hit form and completely overwhelmed Osbaldwick, although they did leave it until the final delivery before clinching victory by a 146-run margin.

Osbaldwick’s bowlers made little headway as Malton’s batsmen wallowed in the better batting conditions following a rare spell of fine weather.

At the top of the order Steve Linsley made 45 and George Rounthwaite 63 then the icing was supplied by Mike Linsley with 72not out and James Dawson who made an unbeaten 37 in Malton’s impressive 241-2.

Osbaldwick’s batsmen then struggled as Dawson, 3-29, led an effective attack and only James Rawsthorne with 26, made any mark as Osbaldwick were bowled out for 95 off the final delivery.

Third division basement club Scarborough 2nds were crushed by 10 wickets at leaders Woodhouse Grange 2nds.

Scarborough were pegged to 122-7 by the bowling of Matt Shepherd, 3-28, allied to the fielding of Ben Allport who held three catches.

Grange’s opening pair then proceeded to knock off the required runs in 31 overs without loss with Luke Cattle making 52no and Jonathon Bean 56no.

Former leaders Welton & Brough came a cropper at Hovingham where they lost by 23 runs in 40.3 overs.

One batsman on each side prospered as all 20 wickets fell. For Hovingham James Skelton hit 76 in a total of 172 as Luke Hill took 4-37.

In reply, Greg Fewster made 65 for Welton but the combination of Tom Lund, 3-39, and Charlie Hill, 3-35, was decisive as Welton were dismissed for 149.

There was a remarkable performance at Duncombe Park in a game that saw the hosts defeat Carlton Towers by 130 runs.

Carlton’s Greg Spence captured 5-57, with each of the five victims being caught on either the long-on or long-off boundaries by Matthew Torn.

However this deadly due could not prevent Park hitting 238-7 after Brian Leckenby, 75, and Peter Humpleby, 44, had forged a 93-run third wicket partnership. Their efforts were expanded by 18-year-old Jacob Forbes who weighed in with 45.

In Carlton’s losing 108 all out Nigel Ling made 25 but the honours went to Will Smith who celebrated his return to Park’s first team after a number of years absence by taking 4-11 in five telling overs.

Malton & Old Malton 2nds’ Tom Audsley hit a century but still found himself on the losing side at Pocklington when the home side utilized their extra overs to emerge as four-wicket victors.

Audsley hit 106 and Stuart Whatmore 40 for Malton who were all out for 193 in 39.1 overs as Will Proctor took 3-36 and Alex Downey 4-32.

Ian Camwell replied with 27 but Pocklington were in the doldrums at 93-6.

This proved to be the pinnacle of Malton’s success as Neil Readman, with 55no, and Geoff Woodward, 54no, then showed their early order batsmen the way by combining in an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 104 which saw Pocklington to victory in the 47th over.