Pinder hits ton and takes five wickets

Forge Valley 3rds skipper Sean Pinder. Picture by Andrew Higgins   sn122271f
Forge Valley 3rds skipper Sean Pinder. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122271f

FORGE Valley 3rds captain Sean Pinder underlined his all-round talent with a century and a five-wicket haul in his team’s 157-run success at winless Sherburn 2nds.

Pinder hammered 117 as Valley racked up 280-4 in 40 overs, with assistance from Stephen Bayes, 37, and Graham Jackson, 25 not out.

The basement team tried their best in reply, Nick Dobson making 60, but Pinder’s 5-31 saw Sherburn slip to 123 all out.

Ebberston 2nds remain in top spot after their 50-run victory at home to struggling Muston.

Jonny Metcalfe, 57, and all-rounder Eddie Swiers, 36, helped Ebberston to 186 all out, Dan Baldry securing 3-37.

Baldry then hit 28 and Phil Marr 31 as Muston slumped to 136 all out in reply, Frankie Beal taking 5-21 and James Gunn 3-48 as Ebberston wrapped up the win.

Heslerton hung onto second place after earning a four-wicket win at another lowly side, Fylingdales 2nds.

Robbie Hurworth’s 46 steered the hosts to 142-9, James Duffill the top Heslerton bowler with cracking figures of 6-20. John Howden, 35, and Mark Dring, 26 not out, took the visitors to victory.

Oriel kept their promotion chances afloat with a 50-run success at home to second-from-bottom Whitby 3rds - although they have the same points as both Muston and Fylingdales 2nds.

Adam Robertshaw sparkled for the hosts with a flamboyant 85, support coming from Jamie Haxby, 32, and Chris Bryan, 27 as they were dismissed for 225, Mark McCarthy doing well to take 5-44.

Tim Richardson’s 76, allied to Adam Hoggarth’s 45, kept Whitby in the hunt, but top bowling from Paul Greenhough, 4-39, and Scott Wardman, 3-42, saw them limited to 178-7.

Ravenscar still have a faint hope of muscling in on the promotion party after a one-wicket win at Brompton 2nds.

Jai Praveen, 5-33, and Jees Vargese, 4-37, dismissed the hosts for 118, Karl Theobold top-scoring with 39.

Ross Triffitt, 3-28, and Ben Lockey, 3-31, gave Ravenscar a few worries, but they edged home with the last pair at the crease.