Staxton stay at the top

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Chris Dove’s Staxton side stayed at the top of the Beckett Premier League table after beating Filey by seven wickets.

Visitors Filey were restricted to 198-8 despite Andy Burrell blasting a relentless 90 runs from 105 balls, and David Brannan also chipped in with 39.

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Linden Gray continued his fine form with figures of 5-52 for the home team.

After tea the match was settled by a superb partnership between wicket-keeper batsman James Armstrong, 63, and Gray, who added to his contribution with the ball by hitting 62, as the pair put on 126 runs as Staxton edged comfortably towards their target.

Skipper Dove struck an unbeaten 35 to knock off the runs for the loss of three wickets, as Staxton continued their bid to wrench back the title from Staithes.

Dove said: “They started quite well and we didn’t take a wicket until just before drinks.

“Chris Brown and Andrew Holtby bowled well without taking wickets to be fair.

“But the game changed when we brought the spinners into the game.

“Rich Flinton and Linden Gray bowled really well and Rich got the big wicket of Andy Burrell lbw and we managed to peg them back to a total we were confident we could chase down on a good track.

“James Armstrong batted really well and Linden got some good runs too.

“It’s just a case of winning games and getting the bonus points as well. We’ve got a big match at Ebberston next week now.”