All-rounder Beal is Ebberston hero

James Duffill
James Duffill

Frankie Beal was the all-round hero for leaders Ebberston 2nds in their dramatic 31-run home win against Brompton 2nds in division A of the Derwent Valley League.

Beal top-scored with 47 as the pacesetters looked to be in trouble, being dismissed on their own patch for just 127, Alex Machin, 28, also chipping in with a useful knock.

Batsman Frankie Beal in action for Ebberston 2nds 122570c

Batsman Frankie Beal in action for Ebberston 2nds 122570c

Brompton’s top bowlers were Ben Lockey with 4-20 and Tom Wilson, 4-35.

Lockey also proved his all-round ability, falling just one run short of his half-century, but the accurate bowling of Beal, 4-16, and Sam Hardy, 4-42, saw the visitors fall short on 96 all out.

This win puts Ebberston three points clear of second-placed Heslerton 2nds, who had a much more comfortable win, beating visitors Sherburn 2nds by 107 runs.

Batting first, Heslerton made 167-7, mainly thanks to James Duffill, 37, and James Almond, 30.

Heslerton bowler Mark Dring  Picture Richard Ponter 122660b

Heslerton bowler Mark Dring Picture Richard Ponter 122660b

Jordan Wharton took a fine 3-34 for the basement club, who are still searching for their first win of the season.

In reply, the visitors crumbled to 60 all out, Duffill completing a superb individual display with final figures of 3-19, while young bowler Mark Dring and seasoned campaigner John Wharton both took three wickets for 16 runs.

Heslerton are now 19 points clear of third-placed Ravenscar, so it is developing into a two-horse battle for the title.

Great Habton are running away with the division B title at the moment, and their form continued with a hard-earned four-wicket success at home to Flixton 3rds on Saturday.

Lockton 2nds' Neil Eddon

Lockton 2nds' Neil Eddon

Mick Pickard’s 34 helped the visitors to 118-8, Will Curtis taking 3-24 as the pick of the Habton bowlers.

Mark Haines, 25, helped the home side edge past their target and maintain their unbeaten record.

Lockton 2nds could well be a good outside bet for promotion after their 26-run win at rivals Sewerby 3rds put them back in with a shout.

Teenager Neil Eddon was the star man for the visitors, top-scoring with an unbeaten 56 and then taking 4-27.

The youngster was offered valuable support by veteran Simon Boyes, 25, as Lockton posted 147-6.

Paul Dandy’s 69 looked to be putting the cliff-top club in the box seat for victory, but Neil Eddon and Keith Eddon, 3-26, had other ideas as they teamed up to skittle Sewerby for 123 runs.

Nawton Grange 2nds eased to a 10-wicket win at Ganton 2nds to draw level with Wold Newton 2nds at the top of division C on 124 points.

With Wold Newton’s game at home to Scalby 3rds one of many league games to be washed out, Grange took full advantage with a maximum-points triumph.

George Bentley and Tim Sharpels took three wickets each as Ganton were dismissed for 99, Duncan Kirby top-scoring with 30 for the hosts.

An unbeaten century stand between openers Joe Lush, 43no, and Tom Clements, 36no, wrapped up an easy win.

Forge Valley 4ths surged up the table to sixth with an 86-run win at home to Thornton Dale 2nds.

The hosts posted 175-5, with Stephen Boyes, 47, John Flinton, 30, and Sean Fell, 33, shining, while John Ellis took 3-39.

Flinton took 3-8 and Daz Arnott 5-24 as Dale sank to 89 all out.