YORK LEAGUE: Grange see off Scarborough while Flixton suffer Whitkirk woes

YPLN and York League round up
YPLN and York League round up

Woodhouse Grange moved to within five points of the leaders in the ECB Yorkshire Premier League North after a comfortable seven wicket victory at home to Scarborough.

Darren Harland (49) and Jonathan Read (40) provided the majority of the visitors’ under par total of 163, skipper James Finch finishing with 3-33 for the hosts Grange.

The home side lost a couple of early wickets before an unbroken partnership worth 83 between Christopher Bilton (51no) and Tom Young (37no) saw them over the line with more than 16 overs to spare.

With York ineligible for promotion from the Premier Division of the York Senior League, the battle for third spot, currently held by Studley Royal, is likely to lead to promotion to the Premier League and with that in mind Whitkirk kept up the pressure on the side just above them with a four wicket victory away to Flixton.

Tom Norman made 77 in an otherwise disappointing show from the home side who were dismissed for 159, Mark Murphy (3-24), Sam Bateman (3-25) and Michael O'Brien (3-29) each taking three wickets.

The visitors didn’t have things all their own way as Norman struck taking 3-58 but runs from Michael O'Brien (40) and an unbeaten half-century from Sam Parker (56no) made it three wins from the last four.

Scarborough 2nds suffered a six-wicket defeat at home to York 3rds in Division Two Ebor.

The hosts made 185 all out, opener Kieron Howard top-scoring with 46 with support from Sim Padmore (30) and Matthew Graves (28).

Graves, Padmore and Kieron Rutter all took a wicket apiece after tea, but York cruised 187-2 in 30.2 overs, Russell Bowry and Joseph Stewart unbeaten on 62 and 51 respectively.