Beckett League: Staithes march on

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Staithes’ charge towards the Beckett League Premier Division title continued when they overcame Scalby by 84 runs on Saturday.

The league leaders chalked up their 13th successive victory, extending their advantage at the summit to 27 points in the process.

Simon Bowes led the way with a knock of 77 in their total of 271-7, Stu Pearson making 66 and last week’s double-centurion Chris Morrison continuing his good form with 55.

In reply, Connor Carson (36), Ryan Labuschagne (36) and Joe Hills (30) made starts for the Seals, but that man Morrison stole the show once again returning figures of 7-36 as the defending champions dismissed their visitors for 187.

Second-placed Staxton also continued their fine run of recent form as they bid to stay in touch with the pacesetters, seeing off Heslerton with relative ease.

Jake Keyworth (39) and Rob Middlewood (30) put on 61 for the Heslerton’s first wicket, and although Malc Spaven added 39 they could only make it to 154-7 as off-spinner Linden Gray took 4-26 in a tight spell.

Dave Morris then hit 78 and Nick Gibson 67 not out as Staxton cruised to their victory target for the loss of just two wickets.

At the other end of the table, Ebberston registered an important victory in their battle to beat the drop when they defeated fellow strugglers Flixton 2nds by 55 runs.

Eddie Craggs was the star of the show with a fine innings of 91, supported by 35 from Ben Lockey and Damian Readman’s 32 as the hosts racked up 225-8.

Mark Shackley (35), Jack Walmsley (33) and Steve Hill (32) batted well for Flixton, earning their side valuable bonus points and restricting Ebberston to just three bowling points by finishing on 170-6.

The teams now sit level on points in the league standings with just three games of the season remaining.

Bottom side Mulgrave slipped further into the mire when they just fell short against Seamer, losing out by just seven runs.


Liam Bennett top-scored with 40 and consistent duo Dave Graham (35) and Gregg Chadwick (30) both contributed, but 4-57 from Andy Thompson and three wickets for Andrew Cass saw Seamer fall to 153 all out.

Thompson added 36 in response and Craig Thompson struck 40, but Adam Morris (3-40) and Graham, who took 3-21 to complete a fine individual performance, got the home side over the line.

Tom Brough’s 96 not out was the cornerstone of Forge Valley’s eight-wicket triumph over Cayton.

Batting first, Cayton got to 153-9, Josh Brown (34) and Tom Sixsmith (29) their top run-scorers, while paceman Ehtesham took 3-28 and Charles Tindall 3-38.

The prolific Brough then smashed the Cayton attack to all parts, falling just short of his century as the victors finished the job at 155-2 in just 23 overs.

In Divison One, Settrington were crowned champions after an emphatic 132-run win at Wold Newton.

Stephen Beal’s 83 and Anthony Taylor’s 63 helped Settrington to 206-6 despite 3-26 from Mark Holtby.

Fine figures of 4-15 from Jonty Rounthwaite and 3-14 from Andy Monkman then saw Newton bowled out for just 74, Charles Gray’s 28 the only highlight.

Cloughton remain on course for second place courtesy of a seven-wicket success over bottom side Grindale.

Andy Smith’s score of 25 was as good as it got for the strugglers in their innings of 74, Morgan Grunwell helping himself to 4-26 before the Cloughton batsmen took a mere 16 overs to knock off the required runs.

Staxton 2nds racked up 207-6 at home to Sherburn as Mark Dove (49) and Liam Scott (33) impressed with the bat, Mike Holtby taking 3-30 for the visitors.

A superb partnership between Ben Simpson (71no off 88 balls) and Daley Wharton, who made an unbeaten 33, saw Sherburn home to a five wicket-win with 5.4 overs remaining, Lee Jack also contributing with 33.

Sean Pinder returned figures of 3-44 for Staxton, but his efforts proved to be in vain.

Steve Clegg’s fine score of 81 and Pete Shepherdson’s aggressive 50 not out helped Wykeham (159-3) beat Cayton 2nds by seven wickets.

The home side made it to 157-8, Jez Riley top-scoring with 61 as Dan Peel snapped up 3-40, but the visitors chased down their target with few problems.

Brompton made a big total of 245-7 thanks to Pete Webster’s 59, and 38 from Karl Theobald 38, but it was not enough to earn them victory as they fell 10 runs short of Thornton Dale’s 255-5.

The victors’ total owed much to Sam Asquith’s 89, Matthew Todd’s 48 and 47 from Richard Boyes, while a useful spell of 3-44 from Andy Hill proved crucial in restricting the away side in their run-chase.