Record-breaking runs fires Staithes’ title push

Tom Steyert was in fine form to help Staithes to a record-breaking 10th successive victory when they beat Flixton 2nds
Tom Steyert was in fine form to help Staithes to a record-breaking 10th successive victory when they beat Flixton 2nds
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Staithes CC set a new Beckett League Premier Division record on Sunday when they chalked up their 10th successive victory in the top flight.

After a slow start to the 2016 campaign, Ian Dixon’s side currently sit top of the table and are favourites to retain the league crown that they won last season.

With six games left to play, the pacesetters lead nearest challengers Staxton by 24 points, with the two sides set to meet in late August in a clash that will likely go a long way to deciding the destination of the title.

After an early season defeat to Nawton Grange and a loss to Staxton at the start of June, Staithes were some way off the pace with a third of the campaign gone, but 10 wins on the bounce have seen them shoot up the standings and seize pole position.

Their resurgence has been led by opening batsman Richard Hegarty, who has hit a couple of centuries in recent weeks, while Simon Bowes has been in scintillating form with both bat and ball.

It was however the efforts of Chris Morrison that guided Staithes to their record-breaking 10th triumph in succession at Heslerton on Sunday.

The home side made 166-9 as Andrew Theaker claimed 3-34, and in reply Morrison’s 79 not out helped his team recover from 121-8 to reach their victory target with 17 balls to spare.

A day earlier, a sizeable total of 242-7 saw Dixon’s troops to a maximum-points, 75-run success over Flixton 2nds.

Stuart Pearson led the way with a knock of 64, while support came from Tom Steyert (55) and Hegarty (43).

Stuart Theaker then took 4-21 and Steyert completed a superb performance with 3-32 as Flixton were 167 all out in reply.