Beckett League: Title favourites Staxton stunned as Grange grab surprise win

Harry Gunning gets a wicket after Calvin Roche catches a Scarborough 3rds batsman. Picture: Dom Taylor.
Harry Gunning gets a wicket after Calvin Roche catches a Scarborough 3rds batsman. Picture: Dom Taylor.

Nawton Grange inflicted the first defeat of the season on league leaders and title favourites Staxton, winning by a narrow six-run margin.

Batting first Nawton posted 161 all out with Phil Marwood’s fine half century and 26 from former Yorkshire man Nick Thornicroft the main scorers as left-arm spinner Elliott Cooper took 5-41 and Adam Hargreaves 3-24 for Staxton.

Sewerby 2nds Craig Ward congratulates Nathan Byram after his catch against Scarborough 3rds. Picture: Dom Taylor.

Sewerby 2nds Craig Ward congratulates Nathan Byram after his catch against Scarborough 3rds. Picture: Dom Taylor.

Pace bowler Thornicroft then caused damage with the ball after tea, as he took 4-36 to halt the defending premier division champions progress despite James Armstrong making an excellent 73 and Dave Morris contributing 24.

Two wickets apiece for James Greenlay and James Dunn saw Nawton record a superb 18 point win to boost their bid to avoid the drop and hamper Staxton’s predicted comfortable route to the title.

Cayton’s Michael Dennis smashed 84 as Cayton ran riot at Forge Valley, piling up a huge 244-9 in just 35 overs to moved just one point behind the league leaders.

Australian all-rounder Nick Strangio also contributed 47 in a daunting first innings total, as Jaymaine White took 5-80 and Carl Jackson 4-70.

Andy Toal made 38 and skipper Tom Brough 31 in reply, but Valley were never in the hunt as the made 131 before being dismissed in 30 overs, Strangio completing a fine individual performance taking 3-12.

Staithes bounced back from last week’s defeat at Staxton as they thumped Ebberston by 158 runs to move onto 127 points.

Asked to bat first, Staithes rattled up 233-7 in 39 overs, with Simon Bowes top scoring on 60.

Richard Ward made 58 and Brad Lewis contributed 29 as Joe Dunnett returned the best figures with 3-37.

Bowes was also in top form with the ball, taking 4-42, and with Staurt Theaker also claming 4-22, Ebberston fell to 75 all out in just 20.3 overs to complete a miserable afternoon.

In a match reduced to 41 overs the visitors due to rain, Scalby won the toss and asked Heslerton to bat first, a move that looked beneficial as the home team’s progress was initially slow until second and third wicket half-century partnerships between Jake Keyworth and Tony Watson and then Keyworth and Malc Spaven, 20, swung the match in the home team’s favour.

Keyworth, who was dropped twice, continued to punish anything short, piling on the runs towards the end of the innings with an equally aggressive Tom Benthall, 22 not out, the opening batsman remained unbeaten for a magnificent 110 out of a final total of 188-5.

After another short break for rain Scalby made a positive start, but losing wickets at regular intervals reduced the scoring rate Brad Walker, 38, and Daniel Gregory, 26, were their leading scorers but Adam Spaven, 4-24, and Paul Kinghorn, 3-30, had them all back in the pavilion in 32.2 overs for 102.

Filey’s batsmen were again in the runs as they piled up 257-4 in 35 overs at Flixton 2nds.

Benjamin Briggs’ superb 81 was the highlight along with 75 from Jamie Gregory, while Aaron Howard also hit an unbeaten 58 and captain Jamie Gilbank made 29 not out.

Ryan Wharton made 56 in reply and youngster Will Hutchinson made 28 not out, but Nathan Robson’s left arm seamers captured him 3-11 as Flixton ended on 113/8.

Brompton upset the form book as the won at home against Mulgrave by 40 runs in a game reduced to 38 overs in division A.

Brompton lost the toss and were asked to bat and found runs tricky to come by with the visiting seamers causing many problems and at 65-6, Mulgrave looked in control, despite 22 from Karl Thoebald.

Some hard hitting by Ross Triffitt, who made 33 that included two sixes and four fours, and a late flurry from James Allison, 27 not out, made the final total a respectable 147-8, Andy Thompson taking 3-24 and Craig Thompson 3-48.

Mulgrave started well and at 57-1 after 13 overs stand-in skipper Mark Bruce introduced himself into the attack.

Bruce found instant swing, taking three wickets in his first eight balls and Mulgrave never recovered.

Craig Thompson tried to respond with a well struck 25, but Bruce was the star man, finishing with great figures of 6-30 and Pete Webster also chipped in with 3-20 as Brompton claimed their first win in five matches.

Seamer moved back to the top of the table with a 38 run win at Settrington.

Gregg Chadwick was again in the runs with 45 and Adam Morris added the same score to help Seamer to 154-9, Tristan Midgley taking 4-47 in the process.

Andy Taylor made 41 and Eddie Rounthwaite 29, but 5-47 from Matty Morris ended any hopes with Settrington finishing on 116-9.

Cloughton made it three wins on the spin as they easily won at Grindale.

The hosts mustered 102-9 from 38 overs with Pete Milner the destroyer in chief, the wily veteran taking 3-20.

Skipper Ricky Nock led from the front as he remained unbeaten on 45 as Cloughton eased home with 7.2 overs to spare.

Sherburn made 153-7 in their reduced-over match at home against Wold Newton, with Craig Sanderson making a rapid half century and Jack Pickard 28 not out despite 4-41 from Robert Norman.

The visitors had no answer to the pace of Daley Wharton, 3-21, and promising young seamer bowler Jack Sleight, who registered 3-13 as they were all out for just 57.

Wykeham were struggling on 25-2 after 7.2 overs at Cayton 2nds when the heavens opened and stopped play for the day.

Fylingdales beat Forge Valley 2nds by six wickets in division B.

Dales bowled Forge Valley 2nds all out for 129 in 33 overs with Harry Purves taking an incredible 5-7 and Tom Shrimpton 4-13.

Nick Cook’s 40 and 33 from Steven Boyes laid solid foundations for Valley, but Barry Heyes made 41 not out and an unbeaten 31 from Chris Hurworth saw Dales to a 17-point win.

Scarborough 3rds limped to 98-8 in 35 overs on the cliff top at Sewerby 2nds, Harry Gunning was the main destroyer taking 3-24 with the ball and he continued his form after tea as he made 63 not out as his side romped home by eight wickets.

The game at Ravenscar was curtailed by rain with visitors Ganton on 26-1, likewise with the fixture between Scalby 2nds and Bridlington 2nds, who were reduced to 11-2 before the clouds opened and rescued them.

Only one fixture was completed in division C, with Ryedale gaining an impressive 31-run win at Ebberston 2nds.

Dan Hardy was in the runs as he top scored with an excellent 85 and Neil Cowton offered fine support with 45.

Scott Woodhead made 52, but Cowton followed up his fine innings with 3-23 to steer his side to third in the table.

Cloughton 2nds were 28-2 at home against Flamborough when the rain arrived and no play was possible at either Muston or Seamer 2nds.


Premier Division

*Filey 257-4 (B Briggs 81, J Gregory 75, A Howard 58no, J Gilbank 29no) beat Flixton 2nds 113-8 (R Wharton 56, W Hutchinson 28no, N Robson 3-11) by 144 runs. Pts 19:3

Cayton 244-9 (M Dennis 84, N Strangio 47, J White 5-80, C Jackson 4-70) beat *Forge Valley 131 all out (A Toal 38, T Brough 31, N Strangio 3-12) by 113 runs. Pts 20:6

*Heslerton 188-5 (J Keyworth 110no, T Benthall 22no, J Deaves 2-58) beat Scalby 102 all out (B Walker 38, D Gregory 26 A Spaven 4-24, P Kinghorn 3-30) by 86 runs. Pts 19:3

*Nawton Grange 161 all out (P Marwood 55, N Thornicroft 26, E Cooper 5-41, A Hargreaves 3-24) beat Staxton 155 all out (J Armstrong 73, D Morris 24, N Thornicroft 4-36, J Greenlay 2-30, J Dunn 2-35) by 6 runs. Pts 18:8

*Staithes 233-7 (S Bowes 60, R Ward 58, B Lewis 29, J Dunnett 3-37) beat Ebberston 75 all out (S Theaker 4-22, S Bowes 4-42) by 158 runs. Pts 20:3

Division A

*Brompton 147-8 (R Triffitt 33, J Allison 27no, K Theobald 22, A Thompson 3-24, C Thompson 3-48) beat Mulgrave 107 all out (C Thompson 25, M Bruce 6-30, P Webster 3-20) by 40 runs. Pts 17:5

Wykeham 25-2 drew with *Cayton 2nds Rain Stopped Play. Pts 5:6

Cloughton 104-3 (R Nock 45no) beat *Grindale 102-9 (S Ward 33, P Milner 3-20) by 7 wkts. Pts 15:2

Seamer 154-9 (G Chadwick 45, A Morris 45, T Midgley 4-47) beat *Settrington 116-9 (A Taylor 41, E Rounthwaite 29, M Morris 5-47) by 38 runs. Pts 17-5

*Sherburn 153-7 (C Sanderson 52, J Pickard 28no, J Sleight 24, R Norman 4-41) beat Wold Newton 57 all out (D Wharton 3-21, J Sleight 3-13) by 96 runs. Pts 18:3

Division B

*Fylingdales 130-4 (B Heyes 41no C Hurworth 31no), beat Forge Valley 2nds 129 all out (N Cook 40, S Boyes 33, H Purves 5-7, T Shrimpton 4-13) by 6 wkts. Pts 17:4

Ganton 26-1 drew with *Ravenscar. Rain Stopped Play. Pts 5:5

Bridlington 2nds 11-2 drew with *Scalby 2nds. Rain Stopped Play. Pts 5:6

*Sewerby 2nds 101-2 (H Gunning 63no) beat Scarborough 3rds 98-8 (R Mainprize 23, H Gunning 3-24) by 8 wkts. Pts 15:1

Division C

*Cloughton 2nds 28-2 (C Woodhouse 20) drew with Flamborough Rain Stopped Play. Pts 5:6

Ryedale 182-6 (D Hardy 85, N Cowton 45) beat *Ebberston 2nds 151 all out (S Woodhead 52, A Dixon 29, S Batty 3-29, N Cowton 3-23) by 31 runs. Pts 19:6

*Muston drew with Great Habton. No Play Possible due to Rain. Pts 5:5

*Seamer 2nds drew with Heslerton 2nds. No Play Possible due to Rain. Pts 5:5