James Bruce’s half-century fails to save Scarborough 2nds from defeat

Batsman Neil Elvidge hit 85 in Flixton's loss at home to Bridlington
Batsman Neil Elvidge hit 85 in Flixton's loss at home to Bridlington

Scarborough 2nds slipped to the foot of the division three table in the York Cricket League after losing by five wickets at fellow strugglers Sheriff Hutton.

There was a half-century from James Bruce, 52, for Scarborough and further runs from Rory Vokes-Dudgeon, 32, but Andy Kenny, with 5-38 off 12 overs, and Dave Hull 4-35 off 9.3 overs, proved to be an effective pair as Scarborough were dismissed for 146.

When Sheriff replied Joel Wilford made 47 but the conclusive knock was by skipper Tom Harrison, who made 54 not out.

Duncombe Park went level at the top of the table by recording a five-wicket home win at the expense of Pocklington in a low -scoring match.

Matt Atkinson with 25 was the only Pocklington batsman to make any show as Peter Kent, 3-24, helped to dismiss them for 106 in the 41st over.

Park then found themselves in some disarray at 60-5 but then went on to win without further mishap as Peter Humpleby, 32no, and Peter Kent, 21no, notched a five- wicket win which was clinched in fine style when Humpleby cleared the boundary with the scores level.

Hovingham won by one wicket in a dramatic finale at New Earswick.

Andy James made 44 for Earswick in a score of 137, his side being bowled out by a combination of Tom Lund, 3-20, and Paul Deverell, 3-28.

Deverell then followed with 29 and Steve Mosey added 30 but Martin Hewitson took 4-39 to leave Earswick marginally favourites when the last visiting batsman came to the crease with eight required for victory.

The final pairing proved to be up for the job and clinched maximum points with three deliveries to spare.

In division one, a game which saw both sides top the 200 mark took place at Flixton where visiting neighbours Bridlington gained a four-wicket victory which enabled them to vacate the bottom place.

Flixton’s foundation was laid by Nick Zakrzewski, with 42, and Richard Malthouse, 30, before Neil Elvidge found top form with 85 in a total of 214 all out.

Brid’s savior was John Major, who hit an unbeaten 94 as he and Shaun Tate, 48, moved to a winning 216-6.

There was a hard-fought draw at Pickering where the home side just failed to surpass the 190 made by Thirsk.

The chief contributor to the Racers’ total was Kieron Fenwick who made 80 while skipper Ben England made 40 before his side were all out in the final over.

For Pickering, Mark Shepherd took 4-38 and Tom Croot, having been called on to complete an over through an injury to Lorcan Barker, claimed 3-10 in 3.3 overs.

Stuart Christon then caused consternation in the Pikes’ ranks in the course of earning 6-83 in 24 overs.

His efforts reduced the home side to 121-7 before Colin Frank and George Barker added 60 for the eighth wicket.

At 181-7 with two overs to go, Pickering were poised for victory but Christon removed Frank with the first ball of the penultimate over for 62 and then took another wicket next ball.

Tony Evans defended the next four balls to leave Barker on strike for the last over, he struck a boundary to take his side to 185-9 but was unable to force victory which would, in fact, have gone to Thirsk had Barker (28no) not been dropped off the final delivery.

Malton & Old Malton notched up their 10th division two draw in 13 outings but this time in an advantageous manner rather than a weather worn affair.

Mike Linsley made 37 and James Dawson 36 when they batted first at home to Clifton Alliance. Their innings was then boosted by Wayne Dawson, who cracked 46 off just 22 balls to produce a total of 180-8.

John Thornton, with 3-44, was the pick of the Clifton bowlers. When his side batted, John Myers made 43, Nick Townson 37 and Ali Wray 31no but the experienced bowling pair of Mark Yates, 3-24, and Tony Linsley,3 -19, restricted the Alliance to 143-8.