Beckett League premier division & division C: Gibson and Dove shine for Staxton

Seamer v Staithes Seamer congratulate...Picture Richard Ponter 122176d.
Seamer v Staithes Seamer congratulate...Picture Richard Ponter 122176d.

Staxton forced their way to the top of the Premier Division table when they beat last year’s champions Heslerton by 175 runs.

Staxton moved away to a terrible start when they slipped to 18-2, with Adam Spaven bowling James Armstrong and trapping Adam Hargreaves leg before wicket.

Seamer take the wicket ,Clennan out..Picture Richard Ponter 122175c.

Seamer take the wicket ,Clennan out..Picture Richard Ponter 122175c.

That brought the big hitting Nick Gibson and Chris Dove to the wicket, with the pair leading Staxton to a powerful tally of 290-2.

Gibson clattered an unbeaten 168, which included 14 fours and eight sixes from 134 balls, while Dove struck 97 off 114 balls, including 11 fours.

Heslerton did get away to a useful start, thanks to an opening stand of 47 from Alex Carrie, (27) and Tony Watson (19).

The innings soon tailed off though, as only Simon Oxendale’s 19 and Tom Benthall’s unbeaten 20 furthered the highlight reel.

This was due to Chris Brown’s 3-22, Richard Webster’s 3-23 and two wickets each from Richard Flinton and Hargreaves.

Last week’s leaders Flamborough were on the wrong end of a seven-wicket defeat against Ebberston.

Flamborough were pegged back to 136-9, with Mark Purvis (78) making more than half of these runs. Pete Webster’s 4-24 and Tom Bumby’s 2-25 trimmed them back.

A third-wicket Ebberston partnership of 56 set the tone in the reply, with Adrian Turnbull (45) and Dylan Bolton (51no) helping to guide their side over the winning line.

Staithes suffered a shock defeat when they lost by 40 runs against the previously winless Flixton 2nds.

A second-wicket stand of 90 from Geoff Hill (54) and Nathan Robson (39) gave Flixton a solid base at the start of their innings. Geoff’s brother Pete added 28 and Jack Wilmsley contributed an unbeaten 19 to force the Flixton total to 191-6.

Five of the wickets to fall were taken by Paul Theaker (3-56) and Simon Bowes (2-37).

Staithes moved their retort away in poor fashion, though number five Richard Ward did try to stabilise things with a knock of 68. In the end though the efforts of Pete Hill (3-51), Mark Shackley (3-29) and Nick Ringrose (2-8) finished the game with Staithes well off the pace.

Seamer’s Greg Chadwick was the star of the show as his team beat Cayton by 15 runs.

Chadwick powered his way to 112, with Joe Danby (31) and Phil Metcalfe (34) also chipping in to boost the score to 245-6. Jake McAleese and Paul Woodhead kept Seamer on their toes with two wickets each.

Cayton’s Michael Dennis got nervous in the 90s, as he made 92, linked with Woodhead’s 30 and Jake McAleese’s 47, but the bowling of Adam Morris (3-97) and Dave Lawty (3-54) helped to slow the charge enough to seal a Seamer win.

Paul Bowes had a decent day as Filey beat Forge Valley by two wickets.

There were few batting highlights for Valley on their own track, as only lower order batsman Craig Hartley (22) troubled the scorers in anger.

This was mainly down to Paul Kempson’s 3-62 from 22 overs, Bowes’ miserly 3-20 from 16 overs and David Brannan’s 3-22 from seven.

Bowes then completed a good day with his unbeaten 53, though it did get a little interesting at the climax.

James Tindall’s 3-49 from nine overs and Andy Holden’s 4-33 from 15.3 gave Filey some uncomfortable moments, though they did finally complete the win with just nine balls left.

In division C, Duncombe Park 2nds kept their place at the helm, though they did suffer defeat by five wickets against Thornton Dale.

Chris Headlam gave Park a torrid time with his 5-41, as only Chris Ford’s 23 impressed in a total of 121.

David Dunn’s 2-24 presented Dale with an issue or two, but Tim Hunt’s 42 and Oliver Sigsworth’s 19 proved to be enough to make sure of the win.

Former Dale man Lee Oliver was they key contributor was Staithes 2nds saw off Seamer 2nds by a massive 224 runs.

Oliver’s unbeaten 68 was added to by Thomas Foster (55), Connor Clennan (28) and Paul Major (44) as Staithes recorded a very useful 251-6.

Seamer were then finished off for a lowly 27, with Oliver claiming 5-17 and Stuart Theaker bagging 4-5.

Tom Gregory was unlucky to be on the losing side as his Scalby 2nds team slipped to a tight six-run defeat at the hands of Ganton.

Gregory picked up 4-51, but he couldn’t stop Stuart Ward (51), Ed Cooper (40) and Rob Gretton (52) forcing Ganton to 231-8.

Gregory then continued his amazing day with a knock of 134, which included five sixes and 17 fours.

Phil Stewart added 29 to keep Scalby on track, but Gretton’s 5-85 and John Bannister’s 4-70 were enough to make sure that Scalby were all out for 225.

Wykeham 2nds beat Hospitals by 19 runs.

Wykeham were pushed on to a total of 152-7 by the batting of Mark Vasey (54) and Michael McNaughton (32), Pete Milner helped himslef to 3-39. The win was then wrapped up by Ethon Pashby, who took 3-29, as Hospitals fell to 133 all out.

Cloughton 2nds moved up to second when they beat Scarborough 3rds by seven wickets.

Scarborough skipped to 106 from their spell at the crease, with Martin North unbeaten on 31, Roy Thompson sealed special figures of 6-26.

Pickering Town striker Liam Salt then completed the job for Cloughton, with an undefeated 80, which forced his side home.