Heslerton edge through

Staxton Sixes - Heslerton v Forge Valley. Heslerton's Tony Watson batting.   0731105a'in Sport      5/8/07   pic by Andrew Higgins
Staxton Sixes - Heslerton v Forge Valley. Heslerton's Tony Watson batting. 0731105a'in Sport 5/8/07 pic by Andrew Higgins

HESLERTON grabbed a superb three-run win at home to Alne in the Persimmon Village Cup North Yorkshire (South) first round.

The Readers Scarborough Beckett League premier division side posted 207-6

Heslerton openers Tony Watson, 37, and Alex Carrie, 36, were not parted until Watson was bowled with the total on 84.

Carrie soon followed but number four batsman Jake Keyworth held the team together remaining unbeaten with 53.

Kristian Wilkinson chipped in with 23 leaving Daley Wharton to increase the scoring rate near the death, hitting three sixes and two fours during his 27 out of a final total after 40 overs of 207-6.

In reply, Alne made slow progress, opening bowlers Adam Spaven and Kristian Wilkinson only conceding 12 runs each from their first six overs.

R Proudley, 74, and E Myers, 42, increased the tempo putting on 82 for the fourth wicket but when Proudley was bowled by Mark Dring 80 runs were required from the final 10 overs with six wickets in hand.

At the start of the 40th over Alne were just 15 runs from an exciting victory with the last pair at the wicket but Dring held his nerve restricting the visitors to 11 runs and victory for Heslerton by three runs.

Wharton was the pick of the Heslerton attack with 3-55.

Heslerton will now go on play at Walton in the second round on Sunday May 15.

In the North Yorkshire (North) section Cayton lost out by 20 runs at Beckett League premier division champions Staithes.

The visitors won the toss and put Staithes in to bat, the home side posting 222-5 from their 40 overs. Twins James and Tom Ward snapped up two wickets each for Cayton, 15-year-old spinner Harry Holden bowling superbly to claim the other wicket.

In reply, openers Paul Woodhead, 50, and Jez Riley, 42, shared a century stand, but, despite a battling 48 from Steve McAleese, Cayton slumped to 202 all out.