Beckett League round-up: Staithes keep title hopes alive

Fylingdales captain Barry Heyes on his way to a century at Bridlington 2nds
Fylingdales captain Barry Heyes on his way to a century at Bridlington 2nds

Staithes remain very much in the hunt for the Beckett League Premier Division title after a six-wicket home win over Filey.

With two fixtures left to play, they sit in second place in the standings, just 10 points behind leaders Staxton.

And with the top two set to go head-to-head at Staithes on August 29, the battle for top spot is likely to go right down to the wire.

On Saturday, Aussie off-spinner Justin Ringin took 3-49 while Stuart Theaker and Simon Bowes were also amongst the wickets as Filey were bowled out for 172.

After a quickfire 35 from Stuart Marsay, Bowes then took over with the bat, smashing an unbeaten 77 which included three sixes to see his side home inside 32 overs.

Mulgrave remain on course for the Division A title as they made short work of Cloughton in an eight-wicket home win.

Left-arm paceman Joe Hinchclife took 3-24 and Andrew Thompson claimed 3-31 as the visitors were all out for 118.

Nick Gibson and Mario Spagnuolo both made 40, leaving Chris Clarkson in at the end to see his side home with 25 not out in 22.5 overs.

Mulgrave face second-placed Seamer next week, knowing a win will secure the league crown.

Fylingdales skipper Barry Heyes hit his second century of the season as his side swept aside Bridlington 2nds in Division B.

Fylingdales posted 228-8 with Heyes helping himself to an excellent 111.

Greg Miller made 40 in reply, but 3-8 from Harry Purvis saw Bridlington dismissed for 113.

Ravenscar’s promotion hopes took a blow when they slipped to a home defeat to Staxton 2nds.

Mark Dove hit 60 off just 57 balls to top score in Staxton’s 175-7, while Jish Rewcroft’s fine season continued as his took 3-44.

Joe Bayes, 60, and 50 from Ian Kirk led Ravenscar’s reply, but Dove claimed 5-36 as Ravenscar were all out for 150.

In Derwent Valley Division B, struggling Ravenscar 2nds endured another day to forget after they were bowled out for just 17 by Valley Bar Nomads, who went on to win by 10 wickets.