Beckett League: Heslerton and Staxton re-affirm title ambitions with comfortable victories

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Premier Division champions Heslerton cruised to a comfortable win at home to Forge Valley to maintain their solid start to the defence of their crown.

Valley batted first and were all out for just 112 as pace man Andy Slaughter claimed 3-26 and Tom Benthall took 4-21.

Aussie batsman Michael Dawson hit an unbeaten 63 in reply while Anthony Stones also added 32 as Heslerton cruised home three wickets down.

Staxton stayed at the top of the pile after crushing Ebberston by 97 runs.

Staxton made a decent 191-8 batting first, James Armstrong compiling 46 with support from Paul Witty, 34, and Dan Bulman, 26. Matty Turnbull claiming 3-55 with the ball.

Turnbull then made a contribution with the bat as he made 36, but only Eddie Swiers’ 24 troubled the scorers and Ebberston were all out for 94,

Spinner Linden Gray claimed 5-41 to help restrict Ebberston, while A Long was also in form with the ball as he took 5-41.

Ebberston are yet to beat Staxton at home since the inception of the Premier Division in 2006.

Dave Gardner was in fine form with the bat as his unbeaten 93 helped Kirkbymoorside to a five-wicket win at home to Staithes.

Staithes batted first and made 164 all out, J Budricks the star man with the ball, claiming 6-46, before Gardner’s 93 and 29 from Budricks helped them home for the loss of five wickets.

Benjamin Briggs was the star of the show as Filey beat Seamer by 22 runs.

Briggs hit 65 as Filey hit 141 all out, Andy Burrell adding 40. Sam Park was in stunning form with the ball for Seamer, claiming superb figures of 7-25.

Park’s efforts were in vain though as the home side were bowled out for 119, Briggs starring with the cherry as well to take 7-34.

Grindale lead the way in division A after winning at home to Sherburn by 61 runs.

Andy Smith, 46, and Liam Cousins, 44 not out, took Grindale to 185-7 at tea before Cousins took 3-38 in partnership with J Dawson, 5-35, to see off the Sherburn reply on 124.

Brompton smashed Wold Newton by seven wickets to move into second spot.

Newton were dismissed for just 70 as Mark Bruce, 3-16, and Pete Webster, 6-19, got stuck into the home side’s batting line-up.

Tom Pateman’s unbeaten 43 helped ease Brompton home three wickets down.

Scalby are hot on their trails after they won on the road at Nawton Grange.

Grange were dismissed for 106 as Sam Fox out-witted the home side’s batsmen with a fantastic spell, claiming 5-30.

Scalby were wobbling on 21-4 in reply but skipper Adam Waugh, 43 not out, and Daniel Gregory, 34, helped the away side to their target for the loss of six wickets as former Yorkshire pace man Nick Thornicroft claimed 3-23.

Wykeham were in scintillating form as they smashed Sewerby 2nds by a massive 184 runs.

Pete Bray, 84, and Dave Pearson, 33 not out, helped Wykeham to a superb 251-8, Vince O’Grady claiming 5-77 for the home side.

Sewerby were blown away in reply as they were all back in the pavilion for just 67.

Cloughton were indebted to Chris Malthouse as they bagged a home win against Settrington.

Settrington were dismissed for just 84 as Malthouse claimed 5-38, before the same man hit an unbeaten 25 to help Cloughton home for the loss of four wickets.

Ganton came out on top of a high scoring encounter at home to Ryedale in division B.

The home side made 254-7, Ed Cooper hitting 84 with support from Alistair Limb, 68, and Rob Gretton, 64, while Rob Featherstone took 3-23 for Ryedale.

Featherstone hit 55 in reply with support from Jordan Newton, who hit his first senior half-century when he added an unbeaten 51, and D Hardy, 25, but it wasn’t enough to get them the win as they finished 43 runs short on 211-9.

Andy Dove was in form with the bat as he hit an unbeaten 70 to ease Staxton 2nds to an eight-wicket win against Bridlington 3rds.

Brid were all out for 121, Kingsley Gray claiming superb figures of 3-3 in the process as G Miller, 47, and Steve Lount, 25, were the only batsmen to contribute.

Dove’s 70 not out helped ease his side home two wickets down.

Newcomers Mulgrave stay top after making it three wins from three at Thornton Dale.

Mulgrave made 133-8 batting first, J Newton top scoring with 39 with support from C Clarkson, 28, as Tim Hunt claimed 4-28.

Dale were blown away in response as they were all out for just 82, despite recent signing Lee Oliver making 26 not out. A Spenceley, 4-19, and A Cass, 4-29, did the bulk of the damage with the cherry.

Cayton 2nds are second in the table after they beat Fylingdales by 22 runs.

J Riley made 48 as Cayton posted 167-8, H Purves taking 4-31.

Ian Dennis was in fine form with the ball as he claimed 5-51 as Dales’ reply fell short on 145-9 despite D Steele hitting 30.

Forge Valley 2nds were also victors as they beat a young Scarborough 3rds side by 43 runs.

Shaun Topham hit 41, C Jackson, 31, and Tim Farrant 27 as Valley posted a reasonable 177-9, Jason Leppington taking 3-27 and Harrison Wood 3-66.

Despite Jake Finnigan making 40, Liam Glaves’ 3-18 helped end the Scarborough reply on 134.

There were only three games played in division C as Scalby 2nds stayed at the top of the table with a home win against Seamer 2nds.

Scalby made 162 all out batting first, Tom Gregory smashing 40 while Ryan Labuschagne made 31. Paul Greenhough took 4-13 to help restrict the Scalby total.

Seamer were all out for 134 in reply. Anthony Geall was the architect of Seamer’s downfall as his flight and guile helped him claim 5-32.

James Deaves also took 3-32 as Dave Allen was the only visiting batsman to trouble the scorers.

Fylingdales 2nds players had a very comfortable afternoon as they bowled Heslerton 2nds out for a miserly 16.

Zed Khan’s incredible figures of 5-4 helped ensure an early tea for the teams, before Dales made their way to 17-0 unscathed to win the game.

Veteran Ady Turnbull hit 89 to help Ebberston 2nds to a 66-run win against Wykeham 2nds.

Turnbull was supported by A Machin’s 43 as Ebbertson posted 233-8.

Wykeham could only make their way to 167 all out despite contributions from Dan Bateson, 35 not out, and Scott Wardman, 31.


PREMIER DIVISION (* denotes home team)

Staxton 191-8 (J Armstrong 46, D Bulman 26 P Witty 34, M Turnbull 3-55. N Eddon 3-27) beat *Ebberston 94 all out (M Turnbull 36. E Swiers 24, A Long 5-41, L Gray 3-7) by 97 runs. Pts 19-4;

*Heslerton 116-3 (M.Dawson 63no, A Stones 32), beat Forge Valley 112 all out (T.Benthall 4-21, A.Slaughter 3-26) by 7 wkts. Pts 16-2;

*Kirkbymoorside 168-5 (D Gardner 93no, J Budricks 29), beat Staithes 164 all out (R Hegarty 34, S Marsay 55 J Budricks 6-46, H Mudd 3-40) by 5 wkts. Pts 18-5;

Filey 141 all out (A Burrell 40, B Briggs 65, S Park 7-25.) beat *Seamer 119 all out (B Tyzzer 33, B Briggs 7-34.) by 22 runs. Pts 17-6;


*Grindale 185-7 (A Smith 46, L Cousins 44no, B Jackson 41, D Simpson 5-58) beat Sherburn 124 all out (J.Wharton 34, J Dawson 5-35, L Cousins 3-38) by 61 runs. Pts 19-4;

Scalby 107-6 (A Waugh 43no, D Gregory 34, N Thornicroft 3-23) beat *Nawton Grange 106 all out (Fox 5-30) by 4 wkts. Pts 16-4;

Wykeham 251-8 (P Bray 84, D Pearson 33no, V O’Grady 5-77) beat *Sewerby 2nds 67 all out (M Glaves 3-25) by 184 runs. Pts 20-4;

Brompton 73-3 (T Pateman 43no), beat *Wold Newton 70 all out (M Bruce 3-16, P Webster 6-19) by 7 wkts. Pts 19–1

*Cloughton 85-4 (C Malthouse 25no) beat Settrington 84 all out (C Malthouse 5-38) by 6 wickets. Pts 18-2


*Cayton 2nds 167-8 (J Riley 48, H Purves 4-31) beat Fylingdales 145-9 (D Steele 30 I Dennis 5-51) by 22 runs. Pts 17-6;

*Forge Valley 2nds 177-9 (S Topham 41, C Jackson 31, T Farrant 27, J Leppington 3-27, H Wood 3-66) beat Scarborough 3rds 134 all out (J Finnigan 40 L Glaves 3-18) by 43 runs. Pts 19-6;

*Ganton 254-7 (E Cooper 84, A Limb 68, R Gretton 64, R Featherstone 3-23) beat Ryedale 211-9 (I Smith 56, R Featherstone 55, J Newton 51no, D Hardy 25) by 43 runs. Pts 19-8;

*Staxton 2nds 125-2 (A Dove 70no), beat Bridlington 2nds 121 all out (G Miller 47, S Lount 27 K Gray 3-3) by 8 wkts. Pts 17-2;

Mulgrave 133-8 (J Newton 39, C Clarkson 28, T Hunt 4-28) beat *Thornton Dale 82 all out (L Oliver 26no, A Spenceley 4-19, A Cass 4-29) by 51 runs. Pts 17 - 4;


*Fylingdales 2nds 17-0 beat Heslerton 2nds 16 all out (Zed Kahn 5-4) by 10 wkts. Pts 20-0;

*Scalby 2nds 162 all out (R Labuschange 31,T Gregory 40, P Greenhough 4-13) beat Seamer 2nds 134 all out (D Allen 62 T Geall 5-32, J Deaves 3-32) by 28 runs. Pts 18 - 7;

Ebberston 2nds 233-8 (A Turnbull 89, A Machin 43) beat *Wykeham 2nds 167 all out (D Bateson 35no, S Wardman 31) by 66 runs. Pts 20-7;

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