Scarborough 2nds win to boost chances of beating the drop

Scarboro's Ashish Kundi bats
Scarboro's Ashish Kundi bats

Scarborough 2nds did their chances of York Senior League third division survival a power of good when they chalked up a good six-wicket win at the expense of Hovingham.

Their leading performers were bowler Matt Kay who took 5-43 as Hovingham hit 181-8 in 43 overs, and batsmen Joe Padmore who made 74 and Ash Kundi, who was unbeaten on 50 when Scarborough reached a winning 185-4.

Hovingham players to figure were Paul Deverell with 35no and Stuart Prest who made 26.

Duncombe Park remain in third place after beating Malton & Old Malton 2nds but are now a mere three points behind the divisional leaders in a closely fought three-way race.

There were Malton runs for M Woodliffe, 30, A Blacklee, 37, and Tom Audsley, 48, in a first innings total of 191-7.

Two home bowler claimed three wickets with Johnny Leckenby’s 3-36 having the figurative edge over Jack Crannidge’s 3-63.

Leckenby’s father Brian then hit 48 to counter Stuart Whatmore’s 3-50 before Peter Kent steered the Helmsley side to a five-wicket win with an unbeaten 38.

In division one, a club record was set by Pickering’s Dave Greenlay, who hit a massive unbeaten 185 as he and Matt Shepherd flayed the Bolton Percy bowlers to knock up a mammoth 319 without losing a wicket.

Greenlay’s 127-ball innings included 10 sixes and 23 fours whereas Shepherd made 108no off 125 deliveries.

The Bolton batsmen also enjoyed the conditions at Mill Lane and were never in danger of losing as they replied with 192-5.

Leading the way was Matt Westwood with 53 with Peter Houseman making 46no and Tom Atkinson 32 in support. After his batting heroics, Greenlay claimed 2-27.

A second successive century by Hull Zingari teenager Jack Storey enabled Zingari to pull of a fine victory at Flixton in a high-scoring game that saw 522 runs scored.

The League’s leading run scorer Oliver Stephenson added another 89 runs to his previous 524 runs when he led Flixton from the top of the order.

He had a quartet of useful allies who combined to take Flixton to 260-5 in a reduced 43 over game. Top of these was Nick Zakrzewski who made 54 while Rich Malthouse, 31, Scott Cooper, 35, and Stuart Hicks, 25no, all played their part.

For Hull Mike Gravill took 4-79 in 15 overs.

Having hit 108 a week earlier, Hull’s Jack Storey was again in imperial form as he shared an opening stand of 110 with Mark Thompson who made 56, and then a second wicket partnership of 109 with Ali Markham who made 45. Hull were coasting to a comfortable victory before the partnership was broken by Scott Cooper who then caused mayhem in the Zingari ranks by claiming five wickets for a mere 19 runs in 4.2 overs.

This included Storey for 121 and this proved to be the decisive factor as Hull reached a winning 262-6 off 42.2 overs.

Second division leaders Beverley Town II were frustrated at Malton when a downpour ended their chase of a modest target with 15 overs remaining and only 37 runs required with eight wickets in hand.

Malton’s batsmen were only able to make 123-6 in a game reduced to 35 overs.

Mike Linsley was top scorer with 36 while other input came from George Rounthwaite with 30 and Dan Foxton who was on 23no.

G Bumfield took 3-35 for Beverley who reached 87-2 in 20 overs as P Hynes made 27 and Ollie Grantham 25no.