Staithes retain Cayley Cup

STAITHES retained the Cayley Cup with a comfortable 52-run victory against league leaders Staxton.

On a bright and sunny day and with the pitch looking in excellent condition, Staithes were surprisingly asked to bat first.

Opener Ian Dixon was quickly into his stride, smashing four sixes and six fours in his innings of 59.

Number three batsman Simon Bowes was also playing shots to all parts, in his score of 48 which included five fours and two maximums.

The pair put on 89 runs in just 12 overs.

However Staxon pulled themselves back into the game due to the tight bowling of youngsters Grey and Hargreaves, who between them bowled eight overs and conceded only 30 runs.

This left Staxton to chase a manageable 143 to win. However they got off to a poor start, losing opener Armstrong run out for just six.

After this, they found the going difficult against some disciplined bowling and fielding from Staithes - captain Chris Dove (18) was the only one to pose a threat.

For Staithes, the wickets were shared between Allen (3 for 19), Thornton 2 for 15 Morrison 1 for 11 from four accurate overs and Barrett, who dismissed last nan Holtby to clinch victory.

Staithes match day sponsors: Fox and Hounds, Dale House