Pinder hits ton and takes five wickets

Forge Valley 3rds skipper Sean Pinder. Picture by Andrew Higgins   sn122271f
Forge Valley 3rds skipper Sean Pinder. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122271f
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FORGE Valley 3rds captain Sean Pinder underlined his all-round talent with a century and a five-wicket haul in his team’s 157-run success at winless Sherburn 2nds.

Pinder hammered 117 as Valley racked up 280-4 in 40 overs, with assistance from Stephen Bayes, 37, and Graham Jackson, 25 not out.

The basement team tried their best in reply, Nick Dobson making 60, but Pinder’s 5-31 saw Sherburn slip to 123 all out.

Ebberston 2nds remain in top spot after their 50-run victory at home to struggling Muston.

Jonny Metcalfe, 57, and all-rounder Eddie Swiers, 36, helped Ebberston to 186 all out, Dan Baldry securing 3-37.

Baldry then hit 28 and Phil Marr 31 as Muston slumped to 136 all out in reply, Frankie Beal taking 5-21 and James Gunn 3-48 as Ebberston wrapped up the win.

Heslerton hung onto second place after earning a four-wicket win at another lowly side, Fylingdales 2nds.

Robbie Hurworth’s 46 steered the hosts to 142-9, James Duffill the top Heslerton bowler with cracking figures of 6-20. John Howden, 35, and Mark Dring, 26 not out, took the visitors to victory.

Oriel kept their promotion chances afloat with a 50-run success at home to second-from-bottom Whitby 3rds - although they have the same points as both Muston and Fylingdales 2nds.

Adam Robertshaw sparkled for the hosts with a flamboyant 85, support coming from Jamie Haxby, 32, and Chris Bryan, 27 as they were dismissed for 225, Mark McCarthy doing well to take 5-44.

Tim Richardson’s 76, allied to Adam Hoggarth’s 45, kept Whitby in the hunt, but top bowling from Paul Greenhough, 4-39, and Scott Wardman, 3-42, saw them limited to 178-7.

Ravenscar still have a faint hope of muscling in on the promotion party after a one-wicket win at Brompton 2nds.

Jai Praveen, 5-33, and Jees Vargese, 4-37, dismissed the hosts for 118, Karl Theobold top-scoring with 39.

Ross Triffitt, 3-28, and Ben Lockey, 3-31, gave Ravenscar a few worries, but they edged home with the last pair at the crease.