Scarborough cricket leagues heading for worst-ever rain-affected season

Beckett league game, Seamer (batting) v Staxton. Seamer batsman Joe Danby, and Staxton bowler Rich Webster. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122776a 07/07/12
Beckett league game, Seamer (batting) v Staxton. Seamer batsman Joe Danby, and Staxton bowler Rich Webster. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122776a 07/07/12
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The torrid weather blighting the Scarborough cricket leagues this summer continued to wreck the schedule on Saturday.

Twelve of the 18 Readers Scarborough Beckett Cricket League fixtures set to be played on Saturday were called off as the grounds were still too wet after the torrential rain that swept across the country on Friday, while 10 of the 17 Derwent Valley Cricket League matches were washed out.

Beckett League fixture and results secretary John Crossland said: “Just to illustrate what a terrible season we are having, after this week, out of a possible 208 matches that should have been played, 101 have been abandoned as a draw which amounts to 48.56 per cent of the total.

“However this is not the worst season to date. At this moment, that record goes to 2008 when out of a possible 360 matches 111 were abandoned, a total of 30.83 per cent. This is closely followed by 2004 when 108 matches were abandoned, a total of 30 per cent, which was identical to 1958 when out of a possible 180 matches 54 were abandoned.”

He added: “At the other end of the scale 1959 proved the driest with only five matches called off out of a possible 180, which is 2.78 per cent, just better than 1986 when out of 360, 16 were abandoned (4.44 per cent) and 1993 there were 18 cancelled out of 360 (5 per cent).”

Derwent Valley League secretary Bernard Goulding also had some distressing statistics to share.

“Overall 57 per cent of the season so far has been lost to the weather. This can be broken down into 61 per cent off in division A, 46 per cent in division B and 62 per cent in division C. It has been a terrible season, the worst-ever for rained off games in our league.”

Scarborough CC’s first team were also sidelined by the wet weather, as their Yorkshire League game at Cleethorpes was rained off.

There was a late finish at North Marine Road where a full length York League division three match game saw Carlton Towers emerge with a 45 run victory on the road at Scarborough 2nds.

Five Carlton batsmen enjoyed rare sunshine to make useful scores as their side made the day’s top total of 206-4.

Earlier batsmen Darren Graves, 31, Jonathon Dilks, 42, and Mark Spetch, 28, laid a good foundation which was embellished by Mark Holmes with a fine unbeaten 55 and Luke Ellen, who was unbeaten with 29.

The match’s highest score then followed as Tom Precious hit 67.

Ashish Kundi added 39 and Nick Sumpton made 25 before being run out.

But Scarborough were eventually scuppered by former Scarborough player Othan Sennett, who took 4-35, and, with Spetch claiming 3-11, the hosts were dismissed for 161.

Flixton also lost out, by seven wickets, in their first division match at former Beckett League rivals Sewerby.

Russ Robinson played a crucial role for the cliff-toppers with a decisive spell of bowling that earned him 5-48 and a handy 30.

Teenager Lewis Beasley supported well with the ball in taking 3-37 while early batting support came from Luke Jennison with 44 before Chris Chapman drove his side home with an unbeaten 58.

Featuring for Flixton were Stuart Stocks with 36 and Harry Walmsley with 26 in their total of 150 all out.

Having unfortunately missed out on selection for England’s Under-19 team, Jack Leaning took 4-22 for Heworth in eight overs as Pickering took first innings at Mill Lane.

For the Pikes, Mark Shepherd made 60 and Craig Aconley 32 in a total of 185-9.

When Heworth responded, ex-Copmanthorpe player Salman Syed made 46no, Waseem Akram 43 and Dave Simpson 38 as the Elm Parkers reached their target in 41 overs for the loss of five wickets.

Results round-up

Readers Scarborough Beckett Cricket League results for Saturday July 7

(*denotes home team)

Premier Division

Forge Valley 163-3 (S Dobson 32, D Morris 57no, W Tindall 55no, P Woodhead 3-76) beat *Cayton 88 all out (P Woodhead 26, J Tindall 3-56, A Holden 7-31) by 75 runs. Pts 18-1.

*Flamborough 148-1 (S Leeson 92no, M Purvis 40no) beat Filey 147 all out (S Leeson 5-35) by 9 wickets. Pts 17-2.

Ebberston 154-6 (D Bolton 54, T Brickman 34; P Hill 3-35) beat *Flixton 2nds 150-9 (R Baldry 24, G Hill 24; D Bolton 7-52) by 4 wickets. Pts 17-6.

Staxton 176-3 (C Dove 94no, D Williamson 36no) beat *Seamer 174 all out (J Danby 58, P Metcalfe 30; A Holtby 3-36, A Hargreaves 4-32) by 7 wickets. Pts 18-3.

*Staithes v Heslerton – abandoned, ground waterlogged. Pts 5-5.

Division ‘A’

All matches abandoned except;

*Sherburn 146 all out (C Sanderson 66, S Walker 5-31) beat Kirkbymoorside 76 all out (C Crawford 4-11) by 70 runs. Pts 17-5.

Division ‘B’

All matches abandoned except;

Grindale 166-7 (I Cousins 42, J Watson 41, A Smith 45no, K Outhart 3-25) beat *Staxton 2nds 165-8 (T Nicholson 82no, J Knaggs 3-28) by 3 wickets. Pts 17-6.

Division ‘C’

All matches abandoned.

Derwent Valley Cricket League

Division A

All matches abandoned except;

*Ebberston 2nds 127 all out (F Beal 47, A Machin 28, T Wilson 4-35, B Lockey 4-20) beat Brompton 2nds 96 all out (B Lockey 49, F Beal 4-16, S Hardy 4-42) by 31 runs. 17-5.

*Heslerton 2nds 167-7 (J Almond 30, J Duffill 37, Jordan Wharton 3-34) beat Sherburn 2nds 60 all out (M Dring 3-16, J Duffill 3-19, John Wharton 3-16) by 107 runs. 18-3.

Division B

All matches abandoned except;

*Great Habton 119-6 (M Haines 25) beat Flixton 3rds 118-8 (M Pickard 34, W Curtis 3-24) by 4 wickets. 15-4.

Lockton 2nds 147-6 (Simon Boyes 25, N Eddon 56no) beat *Sewerby 3rds 121 all out (P Dandy 69, K Eddon 3-26, N Eddon 4-27) by 26 runs. 17-4.

Division C

All matches abandoned except;

Nawton Grange 2nds 101-0 (T Clements 36no, J Lush 43no) beat *Ganton 2nds 99 all out (D Kirby 30, G Bentley 3-15, T Sharples 3-20) by 10 wickets. 20-0.

*Forge Valley 4ths 175-5 (Stephen Boyes 47, J Flinton 39, S Fell 33, J Ellis 3-39) beat Thornton Dale 2nds 89 all out (D Arnott 5-24, J Flinton 3-8) by 86 runs. 19-2.

Wykeham 3rds (20 points) for game against Wombleton who resigned at start of season.

No game: Cayton 3rds.