Davies and Leeson fail to halt Staxton

Caytons Paul Woodhead bats

Caytons Paul Woodhead bats

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With second-placed Ebberston losing at Staithes, league champions Staxton increased their margin of superiority at the top of the table to 52 points after beating Flamborough by six wickets.

Flamborough were all back in the pavilion for 140 after useful knocks from Mark Davies, 44, and Simon Leeson, 25, with their main antagoniser being Adam Hargreaves, who claimed 6-39.

After the break, skipper Nick Gibson, 44, and Dave Williamson, 29no, knocked off the runs for the loss of four wickets with Mark Davies and Simon Leeson claiming two apiece.

There was an exciting match between the third and fourth-placed clubs, Cayton and Heslerton.

Paul Woodhead hit 105 unbeaten out of a total of 175-7 for Cayton, his innings included 15 fours and one six, proving the backbone of the innings.

Mark Jackson, 30, was the only other batsman to trouble the scorers but after he was bowled by Tom Benthall the innings lost momentum from 71-2 after 20 overs, Kristian Wilkinson claiming 3-54 from his 15 overs.

Replying Anthony Stones hit an impressive 44 and Josh Croft 32 but from a healthy 111-4 in the 36th over Cayton looked on course for victory when the visitors slipped to 134-8.

Former Cayton player Daley Wharton proved the Heslerton hero smashing five huge sixes during his unbeaten 42 taking last season’s champions to victory with the final pair at the crease in the 44th over, Jake McAleese having claimed 5-47 for the home team.

Ebberston lost Chris Tindall early during their match at Staithes, but Adrian Turnbull, 51, and Mike Horsley, 41, put the visitors back on track with an excellent second wicket partnership.

Tom Bumby added 34 but Simon Bowes, 4-50 from 13 overs, and Paul Theaker, 5-34 from 8.4, kept the Ebberston total to 188 at tea.

In reply, the home team looked in trouble losing their first two wickets with only five runs on the board until Richard Hegarty, 72no, and Simon Bowes, 85, added 151 for the third wicket which led to victory for Staithes by six wickets.

Forge Valley have mounted a remarkable recovery from looking favourites for relegation they have recorded four successive victories and are now almost certain of retaining their premier division status.

Batting first Valley’s opening pair Simon Dobson, 20, and Mick Glew put on 46 before Dobson departed against Flixton 2nds.

Glew fell for 51, an innings which included seven fours, with the total on 93-2 after 30 overs.

Dave Morris increased the tempo hitting seven fours and a six in an unbeaten 69 to take the East Ayton team to 186-5 after 45 overs, Richard Baker claiming 4-84 in a 23-over continuous spell for the visitors.

In reply, Connor Carson smashed four fours and three sixes during his 63 but from a promising 100-2 after 30 overs Flixton sank to 125-6.

Alan Parvin, 27no, and Pete Hill, 21, mounted a recovery putting on 50 for the seventh wicket but 12 were required from the final over which proved beyond the Flixton tail having to settle on 177-7 at the close, Morris claiming 3-45 from 16 overs with Andy Holden and Chris Tindall taking two wickets each.

The battle of the bottom two clubs has left both with an outside chance of avoiding the drop, Filey picking up maximum points after their visit to Seamer.

Paul Bowes, 52, and Ben Briggs, 52no, helped the Filey team recover from 51-4 to 204 at the break,

Adam Morris, 5-72, and Marc Tyson, 4-72, being the home team’s most successful bowlers.

After the tea interval Tom Irwin, 26, Anthony Jenkinson, 25, and Phil Metcalfe, 30, just failed to inspire a victory the 45 overs passing with Seamer on 185-9, Dave Brannan having claimed 4-44 for Filey.