BECKETT LEAGUE: Staithes win derby

Staxton 2nds celebrate a wicket during their Division One clash with Wold Newton. Picture: Steve Lilly
Staxton 2nds celebrate a wicket during their Division One clash with Wold Newton. Picture: Steve Lilly

Reigning Beckett League champions Staithes got back to winning ways with a six-wicket success at local rivals Mulgrave.

The visitors bounced back in style from last week’s shock hammering by Nawton Grange, reducing the home side to 98-8 in 42 overs.

Mulgrave struggled against some fine bowling from Stu Theaker (3-17), Simon Bowes (3-22) and new signing, ex-Whitby CC paceman Tom Steyert, who claimed 2-18.

Christopher Raine offered some defiance, making his way to a score of 30 but that was as good as it got for the hosts and Staithes wasted little time chasing down their victory target, Stu Pierson striking 44 to see his side home in just 19 overs.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Nawton Grange claimed their second win on the bounce, denying in-form Scalby the chance to move top of the table with a narrow two-wicket victory.

Tom Sharples (4-26) and Ben Mountain (3-10) starred with the ball as Scalby were dismissed 103 in 30 overs, despite a fine innings from James Ledden (49), plus a knock of 25 from John Barton.

Despite having a small total to defend, the Seals’ attack kept things tight and took wickets at regular intervals, but Grange just about squeezed home in 34 overs, skipper Jonny Pickard (22) the only batsman to make much of an impression.

Experienced all-rounder Paul Hesp was the pick of the Scalby bowlers, returning figures of 3-37.

Forge Valley looked set to claim their first win of the season, only to be denied by rain when they appeared to be in full control against Ebberston.

Tom Brough starred with the bat once again for Valley, striking 111 in a total of 209-4 in just 25 overs.

Andrew Toal also made 41 and Joe Bradshaw hit 27 as only Reece Milner made any real impression with the ball, taking 2-51.

Ebberston were on the ropes at 21-2 after 6.1 overs before play was curtailed for the day.

Chris Dove’s 37 helped second-placed Staxton to 85-4 in 21 overs at Filey before rain forced the game to be abandoned.

League leaders Seamer looked well set on 113-3 after 25.2 overs before the weather ended their fixture with Cayton.

Anthony Jenkinson had made 40 before he became off-spinner Andy Holden’s 200th Premier Division wicket, while in-form Gregg Chadwick was still at the crease, unbeaten on 37.

Settrington remain top of the first division table after a comprehensive 123-run triumph at Thornton Dale.

Stephen Beal (52) was the main contributor in the visitors’ 196-6 in a game reduced to 38 overs despite Colin Lockwood’s fine 3-26.

Lewis White responded with 38, but Jonty Rounthwaite’s superb 4-8 and 4-24 from spinner Andy Monkman bundled Thornton Dale all out for 73.

Cloughton travelled to Cayton 2nds and claimed a six-wicket win to move into second place.

Three wickets each for Gary Jordan, Pete Milner and Tom Watson saw Cayton dismissed for 99 in 29.1 overs.

Skipper Ricky Nock’s 29 and 27 from Jack Hakings saw their side home in 20.4 overs.

Brompton seemed to have the edge over Sherburn who struggled to 91-7 in a 31-over match.

Captain Lee Jack made 24 as Ross Triffitt claimed 3-23. Brompton were 26-1 after 6 overs when play ended.

Grindale made 168 all out at home against Wykeham. Alessandro Congru top scored with 48, while Ian Cousins and Liam Cousins both made useful contributions but 5-28 from Gareth Barnard and Dan Peel’s 3-28 saw Wykeham gain maximum bowling points.

Wykeham were 2-0 before the rain intervened.

Wold Newton had reached 65-3 off 18 overs before play was halted at Staxton 2nds.