Staxton edge closer to title after Ebberston slip up

Forge Valley batsman Mick Glew  Picture by Neil Silk  123155a 04/08/12
Forge Valley batsman Mick Glew Picture by Neil Silk 123155a 04/08/12
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Staxton stretched their lead at the top of the Readers Scarborough Beckett Cricket League premier division table to an almost invincible 47 points after gaining a maximum haul after their visit to Staithes.

The pacesetters were able to pull clear as their closest rivals Ebberston lost to struggling Forge Valley, a result that lifts the East Ayton team off the foot of the table and gives them every opportunity of avoiding relegation.

Beckett League - Forge Valley batsman Simon Dobson  Picture by Neil Silk  123155a 04/08/12

Beckett League - Forge Valley batsman Simon Dobson Picture by Neil Silk 123155a 04/08/12

Taking first innings at Staithes, Staxton slipped to 115-5, but a sixth-wicket partnership of 77 between Dan Bulman, 23, and Nick Gibson raised the total to a more promising 192-6, the latter continuing to 122 scored from 104 balls.

The final total at tea was 216-8 with Simon Bowes claiming 3-35 from 10 overs and Paul Theaker 4-63 from 12.

Replying the hosts looked in with a chance on 75-2, Richard Hegarty hitting 33 and Bowes 26 until Rich Flinton changed the game claiming 6-15 from his seven overs and together with Linden Gray, 2-3 from 3.5 overs, had Staithes all back in the pavilion for 101.

Forge Valley’s improvement continued with Mick Glew 30 and Simon Dobson 34 putting on 50 for their first wicket against Ebberston.

Forge Valley batsman Smon Dobson Picture by Neil Silk  123155d 04/08/12

Forge Valley batsman Smon Dobson Picture by Neil Silk 123155d 04/08/12

At 76-1 after 22 overs, rain drove the players to an early tea and the match reduced to 35 overs.

On the resumption Dave Morris scored 39 which included his 3000th premier division run and with Joe Bradshaw, 30, added 64 for the third wicket.

Will Tindall chipped in with 20 to pile 99 runs on in the final 13 overs, Dylan Bolton claiming 3-88 and Chris Tindall 3-24.

After tea, the visitors looked in total control crashing 61 runs from the first 10 overs, Bolton scoring 32 and after 17 overs Eddie Craggs, 23, and Chris Tindall, 19, had taken the total to 100-2, but a career best 7-45 from Morris and 2-53 from Dobson ended Ebberston’s challenge on 143 after 31.3 overs.

The win is Valley’s first victory over Ebberston on the Wilson Lane ground since the formation of the premier division.

Flamborough eased their relegation worries and dumped opponents Seamer in trouble after beating them by eight wickets.

Aussie ace Tom Irwin, 47, and Gary Lawton, 22, were the only Seamer batsmen to threaten as Ben Traves, 3-28, and Mark Davies, 5-30, had them taking tea on 120.

This was a total that Simon Leeson, 53no, and Andy Leeson, 36no, knocked off for the loss of two wickets, the pair having added 90 unbeaten for Flamborough’s third wicket.

Cayton were not helped by a rain interruption on their own ground against Flixton 2nds.

Being on a promising 121-1 after 31 overs when rain intervened the match was reduced to 36 overs and despite Mark Jackson, 72, and Brian Heywood, 50no, Cayton could only increase the total to 145-2.

After the break Andy Wardell, 43, and Leigh Franks, 56, helped Flixton to victory by three wickets, pace ace Jake McAleese claiming 5-57.

Heslerton’s match against Filey was abandoned due to heavy rain after 11.1 overs, the hosts having reached 38-0.