Valley escape Beckett Premier drop with play-off win

10/07/10 Sport'Forge Valley v Ebberston''102786a
10/07/10 Sport'Forge Valley v Ebberston''102786a

FORGE Valley secured their status in the Beckett Premier League after they overcame Kirkbymoorside in their relegation play-off replay at Seamer.

In a match yet again affected by inclement weather, the sides managed to get their game completed without the need for the scheduled bowl-off that would have been required if the game had to be abandoned again.

0820118b sport'Forge Valley v Flixton cc ....Nigel Kendrew bats for Forge.

0820118b sport'Forge Valley v Flixton cc ....Nigel Kendrew bats for Forge.

Kirkby took first knock and made their way to 99-3 after 30 overs.

Dave Gardner, 27, and Jodie Robson, 26, were their primary scorers during that period.

But Valley turned to their experienced heads in Simon Dobson and Andy Holden and they slowed the run rate down with some accurate bowling.

Mike Andrew also bowled in some good areas on his way to 3-42 as Kirkby ended their knock on 182-7.

Andrew Marley accrued 42 and Andy Bayes hit an unbeaten 36 as they made sure Valley would have to battle to ensure their survival.

Valley’s reply suffered an early blow as opener and talisman Dave Morris was removed, but Dobson and Nigel Kendrew helped their side to 44-1 when rain forced the players off.

After a lengthy break the Valley pair increased their partnership to 90 before Kendrew was lbw for 25. Dobson soon followed for 54.

Josh Cooper made 35 before he was removed, but Phil Holden and Glew, 60no, saw the game out to help seal Valley’s top flight survival.

Dobson said: “Credit must go to both teams on what turned out to be a fine advert for local cricket and on this showing both deserved to retain their Premier League status.

“Thankfully we managed just to edge it and it was fitting Mick Glew was there at the end to see us home.

“It’s been a tough year for us, given the number of long term injuries we’ve experienced but we’ve stuck together, got some players back into the ranks and can now look forward to the 2012 season.”