Staithes increase lead at the top

Staithes CC
Staithes CC

A second victory in as many days helped strengthen Staithes CC’s position at the top of the Beckett League Premier Division table.

Ian Dixon’s men followed up Saturday’s success over Heslerton with a comfortable eight-wicket win on the road at Forge Valley on Sunday, and the result extends their lead over title rivals Staxton to 17 points.

Valley made a solid start as Charles Tindall hit 49, but Staithes spinners Andrew Theaker and all-rounder Chris Morrison soon took charge.

Both collected four wickets apiece as the home side slipped to 144 after 44.2 overs.

Openers Morrison (55) and Richard Hegarty (40) got Staithes off to a fine start, before Simon Bowes hit an unbeaten 31 to see his side over the line.

At the other end of the table, Mulgrave remain rooted to the bottom after losing to fellow strugglers Flixton 2nds by 46 runs.

Flixton’s Rob Lacey struck his firsts ever century when making 114, and he was helped along the way by James Clark (56) and Steve Hill (30) as the hosts made their way to 259-7.

Craig Thompson and Kieran Noble both took three wickets before Chris Clarkson pushed Mulgrave on in their reply with 89, while youngster Luke Spenceley chipped in with 54.

Simon Kipling’s troops were however held away from their target by 3-27 from Matt Mason and Leigh Franks’ 3-34, which helped bowl the visitors out for 213 after 44.4 overs.