Scarborough sides slump to defeat

Scott Cooper batting for Brid v Flixton. Cooper, who now plays for Flixton, hit 54 in the winning draw with Thirsk
Scott Cooper batting for Brid v Flixton. Cooper, who now plays for Flixton, hit 54 in the winning draw with Thirsk
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Scarborough CC’s first team suffered a 142-run defeat at home to Harrogate in the Yorkshire League on Saturday.

The visitors reached 231-9 from their 55 overs, but Andy Simpson’s troops were all out for 89 in reply.

Scarborough 2nds did not have much better luck in the York League third division, losing out by five wickets against leaders Duncombe Park.

Scarborough’s batsmen fared badly at Helmsley, where extras with 19 was top scorer in their 105 all out as Alistair Holmes, with 3-18, and Peter Kent, who took 5-14 in a mean 12 overs, took control.

The ever-reliable Brian Leckenby then made 55 but Park had a wobble when they slipped from 88-1 to 98-5 before 19-year-old Jonny Birbeck made 31 before the Helmsley side completed the win with a six to move to 110-5.

In division one, Flixton earned a winning draw against Thirsk.

Half centuries for Scott Cooper, 54, and Richard Malthouse, 53, helped by an unbeaten 30 from Rob Lacey enabled Flixton to make 243-8.

Thirsk then collapsed to 56-6 as Mike Hunter, 6-33, made major inroads.

Des Wyrill, 26, and Tom Stead, 25, offered token resistance but it was skipper Ben England who saved the day with an unbeaten 57 to help his side avoid defeat at 171-8.

After winning four of their six games and having advantage draws in the other two runaway division one leaders Acomb came down to earth with a bang when Pickering inflicted a nine-wicket home defeat.

In a modest Acomb total of 114, Scott Nicholls made 30 and Neil Grant 36 but the first-half plaudits rested firmly with Dave Greenlay who had 4-44 and Lorcan Barker who took 3-29.

Mark Shepherd then made 41 before becoming the only Pickering casualty with Simon King being unbeaten with 38 when a nine-wicket win was clinched.

At St Helen’s Road, Malton slumped to 66-6 in division two as Sam Bibby 5-41 put Dringhouses in a commanding position.

Then a 97-run partnership for the seventh wicket changed the face of the game. The players performing the rescue act were Chris Hudson with 66 and Shane Bonser who made 35 to help Malton to a more comfortable tea-break at 174-9.

When Dringhouses replied Wayne Dawson claimed 3-33 as the home side teetered to a draw at 96-9 thanks to their final pair surviving for five overs.

In division three, wickets tumbled in some profusion at Hovingham where the hosts lost by nine runs despite dismissing Carlton Towers for 125.

Only former Drax player Matthew Torn made any memorable mark with the bat but his 33 was crucial to Carlton’s success in so far as it reduced the effect of Steve Mosey, 4-34, and Jake Fox, 4-47.

Any jubilee-type jubilation on behalf of the Hovingham side was misplaced as Mark Spetch with 4-21 and Dan Barker, another recruit from Drax who took 3-23, bowled their side to victory.

Two Woodhouse Grange batsmen figured in a huge stand at Malton & Old Malton 2nds where their side rattled along to 257-5.

After Jon Bean had fallen for 33, Matt Hattee and Matt Shepherd added 172 for the third wicket. Hattee eventually fell for 89 but Shepherd continued on his merry way to reach 103no by the end of the overs.

Matt Hodgson had 3-51 for Malton whose reply hinged on runs from Shaun Harland, 34, and Danny Foxton, 41.

Grange’s bowlers were however in command with Paul Grewer taking 3-23 and Richard Hollingsworth 3-16.

However, like around half a dozen other bowling combinations on the day, they were unable to capture the decisive final wicket as Malton gained a draw at 118-9 which actually increased their deficit at the foot of the division by one point.

Richard Grice’s unbeaten 102 helped Driffield gain the better of a division four draw at Pickering 2nds.