BECKETT LEAGUE: Front-runners all suffer defeats

Settrington batsman Edward Routhwaite against Cayton
Settrington batsman Edward Routhwaite against Cayton

It was a miserable day for the three leading sides in the Beckett League Premier Division, as Staxton, Seamer and Cayton’s batsmen all had an afternoon to forget.

Staxton remain in top spot but they only just made it into three figures as their unbeaten start to the season ended at Scalby. Chris Dove top scored with 31 not out, but ran out of partners as his side were bowled out for 107, chasing 159-9.

Cayton batsman Nick Hodgson

Cayton batsman Nick Hodgson

Scalby’s Paul Hesp did the damage with 5-19, his third five-wicket haul of the season, backed up by 4-30 from James Deaves, to throw the title race open.

Earlier in the day, Scalby’s Connor Carson made 31 to set them on the way to victory, despite 4-14 from Kingsley Gray.

Seamer threw away their chance of capitalising in a low-scoring encounter at Forge Valley. They would have expected to snap up the points when the hosts were dismissed for 94, although even that total was a let off as they had been 35-6.

Liam Bennett’s spell produced figures of 4-12 and Adam Morris also sent four batsmen back to the pavilion, as Nazar Khan top scored with 35.

Mathew Todd facing a Charlie Gray delivery.

Mathew Todd facing a Charlie Gray delivery.

That proved to be the best effort of the day with the bat as Seamer were skittled for just 70.

Ehtesham ripped through the opposition, finishing with 6-25, and James Tindall’s three wickets meant Valley ended with 15 points to Seamer’s five.

It was an even worse day for Cayton, who only mustered 57 at defending champions Staithes.

Richard Hegarty made 31 not out as the hosts made light work of overhauling their target, winning by nine wickets, inside 13 overs, after Simon Bowes’s 4-15 had ruined Cayton’s chances.

Josh Dawson and Ben Cuthbertson were the stars of the show as Filey were the only side in the top four to enjoy success.

Dawson’s 73 was the cornerstone of his side’s total of 182-9, with four wickets apiece for Leigh Franks and Matt Mason the highlights for Flixton.

Their reply ended on 74, as Cuthbertson secured a five-wicket haul.

Mulgrave remain bottom of the table after a 75-run defeat at Nawton Grange, where they were punished by Phil Marwood (76) and Michael Wearmouth (58 not out).

The duo pushed Grange up to 196-8 and then watched team-mate Ben Mountain take 3-13 to complete the victory.

Heslerton’s game with Ebberston was the one fixture where batsmen were on top.

Alex Machin made 76, which included seven fours and four sixes, and Bentley 63 as the away side made a competitive 179-4, but it proved to be insufficient.

Paul Bowes anchored the Heslerton run chase with 75 not out and Sam Triffitt (48 not out) was with him at the finish, after good work by Jake Keyworth (30) at the start of the reply.

Sunday’s game saw Staithes momentum continue as they dismissed Ebberston for just 69 with Bowes again the man in form, taking 5-19 from 9.3 overs.

Stuart Marsay’s quick-fire 48 not out, and another 16 not out from Hegarty, meant maximum points for Staithes for the second time in two days.

The top two in Division One at the start of play also lost, and there is now only 12 points between the leading five sides.

Tom Pateman was the match-winner for Brompton, as they beat leaders Cloughton by 25 runs. He hit 64 in the first innings as the hosts posted 139, despite Callum Ferrie’s impressive figures of 5-26.

Pateman then did damage with the ball, taking 4-31 to ensure that Chris Malthouse’s 50 was not enough for Cloughton, who were all out for 114.

Sherburn couldn’t take advantage against Wykeham, in a contest dominated by two batsmen. James Bryant smashed 107 for the away side, who started the day next to bottom in the table.

Wykeham finished on 198, with Dan Simpson’s 3-24 the best bowling return.

Craig Sanderson replied with 91 in Sherburn’s response, but 3-14 from Danny Peel proved crucial as they were all out for 172, with a couple of overs left.

Staxton 2nds and Settrington were both able to take advantage of the top two’s stumbles, as they wrapped up nine-wicket wins.

Settrington had a reasonably straightforward challenge, as Cayton 2nds had only manage to make 61, thanks to matching figures of 3-8 from Eddie and Charles Rounthwaite.

Stephen Beal didn’t waste time in finishing things off, blasting 40 in the reply.

Staxton 2nds were made to work harder for their points by Grindale but are now up to second place. Mark Dove claimed 6-31 as the East Yorkshire side hit 146, based around 40 for Andy Smith and 35 for Rich Jackson.

However, an unbroken partnership between Sean Pinder (73 not out) and Jonathan Aldcroft (67 not out) landed 18 points to put Staxton well and truly in the promotion mix-up.

Pinder hit 11 fours and Aldcroft needed only 42 balls to make his 67.

Improving Thornton Dale’s 186-9 proved too much for Wold Newton 1sts, with Tim Hunt leading the way with 50, his third successive half-century. Richard Boyes added 41 and Andy Hill 27, as Sam Moore was the Woldsmen’s top bowler with 4-57.

Charles Gray and Karl Ridsdale led the response, with 35 and 29 not out, but Iain Farrow’s 5-39 meant they fell 40 runs short in their reply.

Sewerby 2nds’s 10-wicket defeat at Fylingdales allowed neighbours Bridlington 2nds to overtake them in Division Two.

The leaders at the start of the day were bowled out for just 81, as Justin Main and Mark Estill helped themselves to three wickets each.

Openers Barry Heyes and Chris Hurworth had no problems in knocking off the target, finsihing unbeaten on 39 and 31.

That result opened the door for Bridlington 2nds to take advantage, as they won at Ravenscar by six wickets.

Joe Bayes (67) and Jon Murrell (39) ensured that the task was far from simple, as they helped Ravenscar up to 159-7, but an impressive fifth-wicket partnership between Steve Lount and Matty Clay, who were unbeaten on 61 and 48, led Bridlington to victory and 16 points.

Great Habton are level on points with Bridlington after a six-wicket success over Scalby 2nds.

James Wainwright (34) and Ryan Labuschagne (31) laid the platform for the visitors’ total of 167-9. Tom Richardson grabbed five wickets for the hosts, helped by 3-56 from George Lumley.

A half-century from Jack Cranage and a further 44 from captain John Lumley ensured 17 points for Great Habton, despite Labuschagne adding to a good day’s work with 2-15.

Scarborough 3rds pulled away from the drop zone by beating Ganton by 25 runs in a low-scoring encounter. New signing Liam Cousins continued his impressive start for Ganton when he claimed 3-37, beaten only by Alistair Limb’s 4-11, as Scarborough were restricted to 121.

Damien Foster top scored with 31 and Richard Mainprize was unbeaten on 25 and the total proved to be enough as hosts Ganton were dismissed for 96, Ben Rowe returning match-winning figures of 5-35.

Gary Gibson’s 59 proved to be in vain for Forge Valley 2nds as Ebberston 2nds cruised to an eight-wicket win.

Gibson hit more than half of his side’s 106, as Tom Holmes took 5-47 and James Wingrove 3-47 to put the hosts in the driving seat.

Paul Lockey (38), Joe Tyson (33) and Jack Oakley (28) all chipped into see Ebberston home comfortably in 22 overs.