BECKETT LEAGUE: Filey flying at the top after Staithes success

Beckett League reports
Beckett League reports

Table-toppers Filey maintained their charge for the Beckett League Premier Division title with a victory over Staithes, extending their lead at the top of the table to 17 points.

Staithes batted first and could only make it to 162 all out, prolific run-scorer Chris Morrison hitting 29, Ian Dixon adding 28 and Paul Wilson making 26.

Aussie Tom Fitzgerald was among the wickets in Filey's win. Picture by Steve Lilly.

Aussie Tom Fitzgerald was among the wickets in Filey's win. Picture by Steve Lilly.

Callum Ferrie was the star man with the ball Filey, claiming figures of 4-30, with Australian all-rounder Tom Fitzgerald also taking 4-33 in an impressive spell to maintain his superb form this season.

Filey didn’t have things their own way in the reply as they lost six wickets, but an unbeaten 40 from hard-hitting Josh Dawson, 40 from Nathan Robson and 29 from skipper Dave Brannan saw them home to a potentially crucial victory.

Filey are top of the pile by 17 runs from second-placed Cayton, who they also have a game in hand on.

Cayton moved into second spot after brushing aside struggling Forge Valley by nine wickets.

Jake McAleese was in fine form with the ball for the victors, his 3-4 helping ensure Valley were all out for just 92, skipper Tom Sixsmith also taking 3-19.

Jaymaine White was the only Valley batsman to get going as he made 28.

Mikey Dennis then cruised to 52 not out, and with David Walker adding 28 before departing, as Cayton comfortably made their way to 95-1.

There was another low-scoring affair in Division Four West as Pickering 4ths beat Sherburn 2nds by 59 runs.

Leah Dobson was in fine form but still ended up on the losing side, her 3-41 helping ensure Pickering were all out for just 119, with Dan Bean’s 4-15 and Mark Cousins’ 3-42 also helping the hosts’ cause.

Dobson then made 20 with the bat after the tea break, but received little help from her teammates as the Burn crumbled to 60 all out, Jordan Newton taking 4-20 to help guide the Pikes to victory.