STAXTON look almost certain to be crowned Beckett Premier League champions after they came out on top of their huge encounter against Ebberston.
Chris Dove’s men were disappointed at the back end of last season when losing out on the title to Staithes by a solitary point, but they look likely to ensure they don’t suffer the same heartache this time around.
Ebberston batted first and were all back in the pavilion for just 158, Adam Hargreaves doing the bulk of the damage, taking 4-37.
Young spinner Linden Gray also continued his fine form with the ball, collecting 3-36 from a productive spell.
Michael Horsley was Ebberston’s leading light with the bat, notching up 48 of Ebberston’s 158 runs.
Pete Webster offered some support as he collated 27, while young all-rounder Chris Tindall helped his side with a solid 24.
Staxton’s reply was comprehensive, as Ben Luntley made a telling contribution as he looks to help his side to the title in his first campaign at the club after joining from Cloughton.
Luntley was imperious at the crease, cruising to an unbeaten 80 as Staxton set about achieving their target for victory.
Luntley was supported by his skipper Dove, who compiled 43 as Staxton lost just four wickets on their way to victory, and to 18 points that look to have assured them the title.
They travel to rock-bottom Kirkbymoorside this weekend with an 11-point gap to second-placed Heslerton, who host Forge Valley, who are also struggling to avoid the drop into division A of the Beckett League.
Defeat leaves Ebberston sat in third spot, 15 points behind the leaders and looking unlikely to make a late charge for the title. They host Seamer in their final game of the season.