Pacesetters Staxton cruise to home win

Staxton batsman James Armstrong  Picture by Andrew Higgins   121956h
Staxton batsman James Armstrong Picture by Andrew Higgins 121956h
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Staxton maintained their place at the top of the premier division table after an 89-run victory on their own ground against Seamer.

In a match reduced to 39 overs James Armstrong made 82 from 120 balls, and Nick Gibson smashed 73 from 72 balls to give the home team a perfect start, the pair featured in an opening stand of 121.

Heslerton's Josh Croft hits out

Heslerton's Josh Croft hits out

Chris Dove also chipped in with 30 but at tea Staxton were 214-5, Sam Park and Chris Clifford having claimed two wickets each.

In reply, Phil Metcalfe remained unbeaten on 44 after Tom Irwin had added 25, but Seamer were restricted to 125-6, veteran spinner Richard Flinton snapping up 5-73 from 17 overs.

Ebberston’s match against Flixton 2nds was reduced to 30 overs, the home team making it to 169-8 at tea.

Eddie Craggs, 43, and Chris Tindall, 41no, were the leading scorers as Pete Hill claimed 3-58 and Nick Ringrose 4-73 for Flixton.

Staithes bowler Jeff Morrison took three wickets in the loss at Heslerton

Staithes bowler Jeff Morrison took three wickets in the loss at Heslerton

After the break Darren Ellis threatened to take control but when he fell for 82 the visitors were bowled out for 150, Tom Bumby claiming 5-46 and Craggs 3-57 to cap a fine all-round display.

After numerous breaks for rain, Heslerton’s match against Staithes was eventually reduced to 36 overs.

A poor start by the home team saw them slip to 9-3 in the fifth over.

Josh Croft proved the man for the desperate occasion, waiting for the bad ball as wickets continued to fall around him.

Kristian Wilkinson added 14 and skipper Simon Oxendale 10, but then shouldering arms to Steve Thornton, Croft was clean-bowled for 53 after hitting eight fours and a six with the total on 94.

The end of the innings soon followed after a total of 27.1 overs with the home team on 99, Jeff Morrison securing 3-31 and Craig Thompson taking 5-17 from 6.1 overs.

After tea, the home bowling attack also took advantage of the damp conditions, maintaining a stranglehold as Staithes slipped from 36-2 to 60 all out in 25.3 overs.

Adam Spaven claimed 5-27 from his 13 overs, Daley Wharton 4-25 from 6.3 overs and Wilkinson 1-6 from six overs.

The match at Ayton between Forge Valley and Cayton was also reduced to 36 overs.

The visitors had first use of a damp wicket as Paul Woodhead, 20, and James Brown, 26, put on 42 for their first wicket.

Mark Jackson weighed in with 41 and Steve McAleese an unbeaten 23, taking the total to 140 at tea, Andy Holden having claimed 6-32 for the East Ayton team.

In reply, Dave Morris, 28, and Will Tindall, 24, were Valley’s top batsmen but after reaching 57-3, they slipped to 76 all out, Steve McAleese completing a fine match claiming 6-20 from 13 overs.

Filey v Flamborough was abandoned due to a waterlogged ground.