All-rounder Barton stars as Scalby wrap up title

Scalby batsman Jon Barton.
Scalby batsman Jon Barton.

Scalby were crowned champions of Division B after a run-feast at Staxton, a result that leaves Staxton 2nds perilously close to dropping into the lower division next season.

Lee Kerr’s 68 and Jon Barton’s elegant 92, which included 15 fours and one six, being scored off only 80 balls, the pair adding 152 for Scalby’s third wicket ensured the home team would be chasing a substantial total.

Adam Tildsley, 49no, and Peter Beard, 27no, continued the momentum to take the visitors to 272-7 after 45 overs, Dan Outhart claiming 3-56 and Mark Dove 3-85.

Replying, Staxton made a poor start to their innings but from 7-2 Matthew Pearson smashed seven sixes and six fours during his 106- ball innings before being bowled by Beard only two runs from a much-deserved century.

Glen Rawson, 75, proved a perfect partner, the pair featuring in a third-wicket partnership of 176.

After the third wicket fell on 183 some impressive fast bowling from Beard, 4-47, together with Barton, 4-65 from 11 overs, had the home team all back in the pavilion for 249.

Settrington have also booked a return to Division A, bowling visitors Ryedale out for 96, Dan Hardey, 26, and Nic Ibbotson, 24, being their leading scorers as David Chugg, 4-12, and Andy Storey, 2-26, were in good form for the home team.

Replying Settrington looked in deep trouble on 3-3, which improved to 54-4 before Eddie Rounthwaite, 30, and Andy Taylor, 23, took the home team to victory without further loss, Alex Ibbotson claiming 3-20 from seven overs for Ryedale.

James Ward, 32, and Simon Stubbs, 31, took Cayton 2nds to 155-9 at the break at Lockton, for whom Mike Brown claimed 3-55 and Neil Eddon 3-46.

On the resumption Jim Boyes, 30, Les Welburn, 42, Neil Eddon, 32, and an unbeaten 42 from Andy Hill took the home team to victory by six wickets.

Josh Gretton, 40 was Forge Valley 2nds’ principle run scorer at Fylingdales, his team being bowled out for 141 by Mark Estill, 4-31, and Barry Heyes, 4-39, but replying, and despite Mario Spagnolo hitting 74, the home team could only counter with 130, Carl Jackson claiming 3-44 and Chris Calvert 3-15.