Glaves and Boyes steer Forge Valley 3rds to dramatic win at Ebberston 2nds

HITTING OUT ... Guy Shrimpton hits out during his 38 for Fylingdales 2nds
HITTING OUT ... Guy Shrimpton hits out during his 38 for Fylingdales 2nds

An unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 139 between Stephen Boyes, 79no, and youngster Liam Glaves, 58no, steered Forge Valley 3rds to a four-wicket win at Ebberston 2nds in division A of the Derwent Valley League.

The hosts batted first and racked up an imposing 231-7 from their 40 overs, with top knocks from veteran left-hander Jonny Metcalfe, 69, and youngsters James Wingrove, 67no, and Tom Brickman, 64.

Valley skipper Sean Pinder was the pick of the visiting bowlers with 3-65.

The Ayton side looked to be heading for defeat as they slumped to 94-6 in the face of tight bowling by stalwart seam bowler Simon Pickering, who took 3-13 off 12 overs.

The seventh-wicket pairing of Boyes and Glaves then took centre stage to guide Valley to victory in their first game of the season, the four previous matches having been washed out.

Leaders Oriel cruised to a 132-run win at home to Sherburn 2nds.

Skipper Paul Greenhough was the star man for the hosts, hitting 26 and then bagging 5-17 with his slow bowling.

Adam Robertshaw smashed a powerful 69 and Chris Bryan added 29 not out as Oriel posted 201-6, George Worthy taking 3-61 for the villagers.

The visitors sank from 34-2 to 69 all out, mainly due to the accurate bowling of captain Greenhough, backed up by some agile fielding from his team-mates.

Muston are in second spot in the table after easing to an eight-wicket home success against Fylingdales 2nds.

South African all-rounder Barry Anderson took 4-16 as Fylingdales sank to 108-8, with only a determined 38 from Guy Shrimpton taking the visitors to one batting point.

Gary Hanson also chipped in with 3-22 for the hosts.

Lee Micklethwaite, 65no, and Stephen Pratt, 25no, wrapped up the win for Muston after the loss of a couple of early wickets.

Jish Rewcroft shone with bat and ball as Ravenscar opened their account for the season with a two-wicket win at home to Heslerton 2nds.

John Wharton’s 45 was the only score of note as the visitors were skittled for 107, with Denash Swaminathan, 3-23, and Rewcroft, 5-32, the chief architects of Heslerton’s slump.

Rewcroft then hit a crucial 32, but his team-mates struggled with the bat and only a superb unbeaten 42 from Will Warwick saw Ravenscar home by two wickets.

Brompton 2nds also earned their first win of the season, holding their nerve to edge out hosts Whitby 3rds by 12 runs in a low-scoring contests.

Robin Siddle’s 47 helped Brompton to 138-7 from their 40 overs, teen ace Will Donald taking 4-20.

Tim Richardson’s 50 gave the hosts hope, but keen bowling from Mark Romans, who took five wickets for just two runs in an explosive three-over spell, saw Whitby dismissed for 126.

Great Habton closed in on division B leaders Kirkbymoorside 2nds with a 104-run win at home to the Moorsiders on Saturday.

Habton were steered to 210-9 thanks to a stylish 66 from Adam Durrant, supported well by Will Curtis, 38.

Durrant, 3-17, and Richard Wilson, 3-11, then combined to dismiss Kirkby for 106, Sean Walker’s 37 the only highlight for the leaders - who had been unbeaten before this game.

Andy Ryan was the all-round star as Flixton 3rds kept calm for a four-run win at home to Seamer 3rds.

Ryan was the only home batsman to thrive with 40 as Flixton were dismissed for 105, Craig Baker scooping 5-47 and Linden Darby bagging 3-19.

Youngster Conor Myerscough looked to be guiding Seamer to victory, but his dismissal for 54 sparked a collapse that sent them crashing to 101 all out, Ryan taking 3-28 and Conor Stephenson 5-33.

Flamborough 2nds moved into third spot with a six-wicket win at Bridlington 3rds.

Dean Welch, 44, was the only Brid batsman to get going as the hosts were bowled out for 124.

Graham Harvey, 47, and Mel Dixon, 34, helped Flamborough to the win.

Lockton 2nds remain unbeaten after a 51-run win at home to Sewerby 4ths.

Veteran Billy Hague, 37, and teenager Will Lancaster, 32, helped Lockton get to 133 before being bowled out by a combination of Simon Porter, 4-35, and Richard Gibson, 4-24.

Matt Rusbridge-Burns, 29, and Gibson, 25, were the only Sewerby batters to impress as veteran medium-pacer Keith Eddon, 5-41, and Lancaster, 3-21, teamed up to skittle the visitors for 82.

Sewerby 3rds were more successful though, cruising to a 70-run win against visitors Snainton 2nds.

Paul Dandy fell, agonisingly, just three runs short of his century for the home side, Jack Newby ading 39, John Southam bagging 3-41 for Snainton.

Alan Huby was dismissed one run short of his half-century for Snainton, who limped to 128-7 thanks to some accurate bowling from Ernie Moorhouse, 5-23.