Morrison hits double ton in Staithes success

Staithes ace Chris Morrison leaves the field after his fine double century
Staithes ace Chris Morrison leaves the field after his fine double century

Chris Morrison entered the Beckett League’s record books with a stunning 210 to helps Staithes to derby success against Mulgrave.

Morrison’s incredible double ton included 25 fours and 11 sixes and is the first ever to be scored in the top flight. It helped the reigning champions and league leaders post a massive 353-5 against their local rivals.

The double-centurion had support from Richard Hegarty (39) and Tom Steyert (28) as the table-toppers showed no mercy for rock-bottom Mulgrave.

The visitors’ misery was compounded after the tea interval when they were bowled out for just 119, Steyert adding to his efforts with the bat by taking 4-42, and only Andrew Thompson troubling the scorers with a defiant knock of 56.

All-rounder Simon Bowes also took 2-23 to help Staithes maintain their healthy lead at the top of the table.

Division Two title-chasers Fylingdales were another side to compile a big total in excess of 300 runs.

Barry Heyes’ troops came out on top of a high-scoring game against Scarborough 3rds, Chris Hurworth falling agonisingly one run short of his century as he top-scored with 99.

Mark Estill (80), Rob Grove (55) and Chris Shrimpton (47) were all among the runs in Dales’ huge score of 356-5.

Scarborough battled hard in reply and also found runs easy to come by but were never close to reaching their daunting target, ending up on 201-3, Brad Milburn hitting a superb unbeaten 90 and Alex Ingham adding 50no.

Ravenscar came out on top against Ebberston 2nds, who posted 194-5. Jason Oakley top-scored with 71 and Jordan Welford added 57.

Ivan Kirk hit 57 in reply, all-rounder Jish Rewcroft added 36 and Joe Bayes contributed 27 as Ravenscar made it home with five wickets to spare.

In Division Five, Valley Bar Nomads beat Ravenscar 2nds by seven wickets.

Dave Parkinson (3-20) and Jim Hunter (3-22) did the damage with the ball as Ravenscar were all out for just 109, John Nelson hitting 52 of their runs.

Tony Hulme hit 43 and Anosh George and Ben Atkinson both added 24 as Nomads made it home to 110-3.