Beckett League: Woodhead nips out Staxton as Cayton edge thriller in top flight

Beckett League round-up by Daniel Gregory
Beckett League round-up by Daniel Gregory

Heslerton moved to the top of the Premier Division after they beat Filey and Staxton lost at Cayton, while respective leaders Grindale, Mulgrave and Scalby 2nds all won to boost their title charges.

Cayton edged a thriller at home to Staxton in the Premier Division as they edge to a four-run victory against the title-chasing visitors.

The home side took first knock and made 158 all out, Andrew Holtby, 4-31, and Adrian Long, 3-51, their chief tormentors with the ball.

Despite James Armstrong’s 39 and 36 from Chris Dove, wily slow bowler Paul Woodhead claimed a superb 6-45 as Staxton fell agonisingly short on 154 all out.

Staxton’s title rivals and champions Heslerton took full advantage of their slip-up as they eased past Filey.

A superb 110 not out from Anthony Stones and 44 from Aussie Michael Dawson helped the away side to 200-8 from their 45 overs as Benjamin Briggs claimed 3-62.

James Gilbank’s 60 couldn’t help Filey to their victory as pace duo Kristian Wilkinson, 3-15, and Andrew Slaughter, 3-31, got stuck into their line-up as they fell short on 156.

There was a high-scoring affair at Flixton where their 2nds were beaten by Forge Valley by three wickets.

Flixton batted first and made a decent 208-8 as Matt Dandy smashed 93, Charlie Tindall taking 3-57.

Despite Lee Elviodge claiming 4-30, 88 from Mick Glew and Tom Brough’s 60 helped Valley to 211-7.

Matty Turnbull was a fine form with the bat as he helped Ebberston to a five-wicket success against Kirkbymoorside.

Kirkby batted first and ended on 142-9, South African Jacques Budricks hitting 67 as Eddie Swiers collected 6-41.

Turnbull hammered 93 as he fell marginally short of three figures as Ebberston made their way to their victory target for the loss of five wickets, Budricks also get in on the act with the cherry, taking 3-46.

A superb all-round effort from young Aussie Brandon Tyzzer couldn’t help Seamer to a win at home to Staithes.

Tyzzer’s 35 and 57 from Dave Graham helped Seamer to 172-8, and despite the Aussie also claiming 3-55, an unbeaten 53 from Richard Heggarty and 63 from S Marsay eased Staithes to 176-5.

Cloughton are looking in real danger of suffering two relegations on the spin after they lost against struggling Sewerby 2nds in division A.

Paul Virr must have cut a frustrated figure as he made 44, only for his teammates to fail with the bat and Cloughton to end up 87 all out.

Sewerby made it home for the loss of four wickets to net their first win of the season and move out of the relegation places above their hosts.

Grindale are experiencing exactly the opposite fortunes as they look for their second successive promotion, picking up a win against rivals Brompton.

Ian Cousins’ 64 helped Gridale to 190 all out, Pete Webster taking 7-50.

Mark Bruce hit 52 in Brompton’s reply, but Cousins took 6-42 and Andy Smith 3-46 as they were all out for 171.

Scalby are second after they held their nerve at the death to beat Wold Newton by five runs.

The home side made their way to 167 all out, Lee Kerr hitting 30 and Jon Barton 27.

The home side looked to be on top as Newton lost wickets at regular intervals after a sluggish start, but 44 from Oliver West looked to have set Newton up for an unlikely win.

Paul Hesp kept his nerve from the last over with Newton needing seven to win, and West was run-out trying to steal a second as Scalby sealed the win.

Wykeham beat rock-bottom Sherburn by two wickets to stay in touch at the top of the table.

Dan Simpson, 46no, and veteran Craig Sanderson, 30, were Sherburn’s run scorers as they were dismissed for 170, Kiwi pace merchant Marcus Edwards taking 4-35 and lofty quick Dave Pearson chipping in with 3-62.

James Bryant and Matthew Vincent both hit 38 in Wykeham’s reply and Ian Spence hit 28 as they made it to 173-8.

Settrington beat Nawton Grange by 62 runs.

The away side made 160-7, S Beal making 45no and George Rounthwaite hitting 33.

Grange were all out for 98 in reply, Andy Monkman claiming 5-15 in the process.

Jake Finnigan fired a stunning 133 not out to help Scarborough 3rds to victory at home to Ryedale in division B.

Finnigan’s superb knock guided Scarborough to 218-3 before Ryedale were restricted to 163-9 in reply.

Mark Estill was in destructive form with the ball for Fylingdales as his 8-36 helped them to beat Forge Valley 2nds.

Duncan Steele’s 38 helped Dales to 164-4 before Estill’s eight-for had Valley all out for just 90 in reply.

Mulgrave continued their impressive start to life in the Beckett League as they recorded their fifth win from seven against Staxton 2nds.

The league leaders made 199 all out, Andrew Thompson hitting 52 and J Hinchcliffe making 53, as Kingsley Gray took 3-45 and Ryan Hargreaves 3-52.

Dan Blanchard hit 47 and Chris Stephenson 34 in Staxton’s reply, but Andrew Thompson added to his efforts with the bat by taking 5-37 and C Thompson 3-25 as Staxton fell short on 159 all out.

Thornton Dale beat Ganton in a low-scoring encounter as the bowlers took control.

I Farrow, 5-14, and Lee Oliver, 3-13, ripped through the Ganton batting line-up, only Gareth Mills resisting with 25 as they were all out for just 67.

Dale’s reply wasn’t without drama as Alastair Limb’s 3-23 gave them hope, but the home side made it home to 69-5.

Cayton 2nds look to be mounting a serious promtion bid after they beat Bridlington 2nds by five wickets.

Brid made 191-4, Elliott Traves hitting 70 and Andy Clay 68, but it wasn’t enough as Jez Riley, 51, Paul Pennock, 56 and Josh Brown, 49, helped Cayton home to 192-5.

Scalby 2nds extended their lead at the top of the division C standings with an eight-wicket win at Ebberston 2nds.

Ebberston were all out for 100, Ady Turnbull the onlu batsman to trouble the scorers with 28 as Scalby’s man in form Tony Geall claimed 4-17 from 12 overs and Adie Hollingsworth also collected 3-22.

Scalby’s reply was comfortable as Freddi Schmuck hit an unbeaten 37 and Ryan Labuschagne added 31 as the away side made it home two wickets down.

Ravenscar are second after Joe Bayes shone with bat and ball in their win against Fylingdales 2nds.

Bayes hit 46 alongside Dinesh Swaminathan, 44 and Jish Rewcroft, 26, as they tallied up 176-6.

Bayes’ 3-10 helped see off the Dales reply for just 90.

Cloughton 2nds endured an afternoon to forget at Wykeham 2nds as James Wilson produced an outstanding spell of bowling.

Former Snainton man Wilson claimed 9-20 including a hat-trick as Cloughton were all out for just 47.

Andy Shepherson’s unbeaten 29 helped Wykeham make it hom unscathed.

Heslerton 2nds suffered a shock defeat at Seamer 2nds to dent their promotion hopes.

Conner Myerscough took 4-13 and J Greenhough collected 3-39 as Heslerton were all out for just 105.

Phil Metcalfe made 36 in reply as Seamer made it safely to 106-6 to claim the win.