BECKETT LEAGUE: Ebberston give themselves a lifeline

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Ebberston gave themselves hope of avoiding the drop from the Beckett League Premier Division as they secured a vital win over relegation rivals Mulgrave.

In the battle of the battom two, Ebberston’s bowlers led their team to their first win in 12 matches.

After winning the toss, Mulgrave batted but the decision backfired and, on their home pitch, they were all out for 72.

Frankie Beal’s 3-16 and 4-14 from left-arm spinner Sam Hardie ruined Mulgrave’s chances and Ebberston knocked off the runs for a seven-wicket win, which gives them 19 vital points.

At the other end of the table, leaders Staithes are still out in front, but their trip to Nawton Grange gave them a scare.

The home side made 190, a testing target, thanks to 76 from Joe Lush and 32 from Jonny Pickard. Three wickets each for Paul Theaker, Lee Oliver and Chris Morrison gave Staithes full bowling points but their batsmen still had a job to do.

Nathan Marwood tested their title credentials with 4-36, but Staithes survived and Simon Bowes (57), Morrison (45) and Theaker’s 39 not out saw them home.

Staxton’s home win over Seamer closed the gap at the top to 23 points, as their batsmen enjoyed the conditions.

All the top four cashed in, with openers Jodie Robson (87) and Dave Morris (49) in fine form before Jonny Aldcroft (48 not out) and Chris Dove (39 not out) getting them up to 247-2.

The reply from Seamer was a positive one and Josh Broadhead made a half-century, but three wickets each for Ryan Hargraves and Linden Gray ended their hopes on 195.

Five wickets for Paul Hesp saw Scalby to victory against a weakened Heslerton.

A fifth-wicket partnership of 73 between Brad Walker and Jonny Barton was crucial as Scalby posted 163. Marc Dring’s 3-19 pegged them back, but Barton’s 61 was to prove the highest score of the match.

With four first-choice batsmen unavailable, Heslerton were always up against it and when Rob Middlewood was bowled for 45 by Hesp, there was only going to be one winner.

Filey beat Forge Valley by five wickets after bowling them out for 148.

Ben Cuthbertson’s 5-35 did the damage before David Brannan (44) and Phil Dickens (35 not out) navigated the run chase.

Sherburn piled on the runs to send Grindale to the bottom of Division One.

Craig Sanderson (77), Jamie Thompson (62) and Jordan Wharton (48) all enjoyed a profitable afternoon as the hosts made 260-8 before sending Grindale tumbling to 123 all out, Ben Simpson and Mick Holtby taking three wickets apiece,

Cayton 2nds are off the bottom thanks to the efforts of first team regular Alex Townsend.

The overseas player made 54 and took 3-7 in a 73-run win over Thornton Dale.

Cayton made 185-8, despite the best efforts of Andy Hill with 4-49.

Tim Hunt’s 33 was the best score in Dale’s reply and Townsend and captain Simon Glave (3-31) always kept the visitors out of the running.

Game of the day was at Brompton, where Staxton 2nds secured a thrilling one-wicket win.

Half-centuries from Tom Noble and Tom Pateman looked to have put the home side in control, as they set 198-7.

Staxton’s Kyle Outhart took 3-59 and then watched team-mates Liam Scott (49), Adrian Young (39) and Andy Dove (25) reel in the target, despite 4-32 from the in-form Mark Bruce.

With four weeks left, Settrington continue to lead the table, after they prevented hosts Wykeham from getting into three figures.

That looked unlikely when Wykeham were coasting along at 60-1 but Charlie and Eddie Rounthwaite changed the game, taking three wickets each as the home side crumbled to 99 all out.

Tristan Midgley bettered them with 4-17 and Settrington needed only 21 overs to race to victory, George Rounthwaite unbeaten on 37

Cloughton’s Henry Whelan took 5-29 as Wold Newton were shot out for just 102 with only Gwaine Hogg (29) showing any form.

Ricky Nock then made an unbeaten 56 to guide his side easily home by nine wickets.

Matty Clay’s one-man show kept Division Two leaders Bridlington 2nds ahead of the chasing pack.

He took a fine 6-21 to send Scarborough 3rds back to the pavilion for just 75, Ben Rowe (37) contrinuting almost half of their runs.

Clay finished the job with 23 not out to hand Bridlington 18 points and keep them in front of second-placed Fylingdales, who also won comfortably.

Three of their batsmen passed 50 at Ganton, with Barry Hayes, Mark Estill and Chris Shrimpton all relishing the conditions.

Estill and Shrimpton shone with the ball, taking 5-35 and 3-29, as Ganton were dismissed for 100.

Great Habton are only 15 points behind the leaders after a 74-run win over Ebberston 2nds, which was thanks in part to Jack Cranage’s excellent 6-30.

That sent Ebberston packing for 83, with John Umley also picking up three wickets.

Before tea, Habton had set the hosts 157, Liam Allenby falling just short of his half-century as Jordan Welford and Eddie Swiers shared eight of the wickets.

Runs were scarce at Ravenscar, who only just manage to score at two-an-over against Scalby 2nds.

Tom Gregory had the batsmen tied up as he finished with 6-23, with only Jish Rewcroft (46) able to find any fluency.

To prove how tricky batting was, Scalby struggled with their reply to a meagre target of 93-8.

Eventually Nigel Clapham made 39 not out to steer them to a two-wicket win. Binooj Bhas took 3-25 and Rewcroft 2-32 for Ravenscar.