Staxton ease past rivals Ebberston

Staxton v Ebberston ,Staxtons Tom Brickman bats with Richard Flinton bowling .Picture Richard Ponter 123044a
Staxton v Ebberston ,Staxtons Tom Brickman bats with Richard Flinton bowling .Picture Richard Ponter 123044a
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Staxton boosted their title hopes with a comfortable eight-wicket home win against their closest rivals Ebberston.

Ebberston were bowled out for 180 at Staxton, Tom Brickman, 36, Eddie Craggs, 35, and Chris Tindall, 26, being their principle scorers as spinners Richard Flinton and Lindon Gray claimed four wickets apiece for the home team.

Ebberston's Tom Brickman has a close call Picture Richard Ponter 123044b

Ebberston's Tom Brickman has a close call Picture Richard Ponter 123044b

Replying Nick Gibson smashed 71 from 72 balls and with Chris Dove remaining unbeaten on 71 and Gray, 30, that pair featuring in an undefeated third-wicket partnership of 91 to knock off the target for the loss of two wickets, increasing Staxton’s lead at the top to 32 points.

Forge Valley gained their second victory of the season, but remain two points adrift at the foot of the table after beating Heslerton by a single run.

Valley lost Mick Glew bowled by Kristian Wilkinson for eight but Simon Dobson and Dave Morris mounted a steady but spirited second-wicket partnership of 106 before Dobson was run out for 61 with the total on 127 in the 36th over.

A late flurry of runs and loss of wickets left the total at the tea interval on 185-6, Morris being bowled by Tom Benthall from the final ball for 87.

Staxton celebrate after Ebberston's Tom Brickman is caught out Picture Richard Ponter 123044d

Staxton celebrate after Ebberston's Tom Brickman is caught out Picture Richard Ponter 123044d

After the break Sam Triffitt was caught and bowled by Dave Morris for nine but youngsters Alex Carrie, 36, and Anthony Stones, 19, took the score to 67 before Stones suffered a similar fate.

Kristian Wilkinson crashed four fours within his 18 but with one over remaining 15 runs were required for victory with eight wickets down.

Tom Milner hit his first ball and the last ball of the match for six but it was too little too late as the home team finished two runs from victory, Daley Wharton finishing unbeaten on 26 leaving Morris with a man of the match performance having added to his 87 runs in the first innings by bowling 23 overs, claiming 6-92. Andy Holden chipped in with 2-63 from his 20 overs.

Gary Lawton hit 55 and Phil Metcalfe 33 as they featured in a 76-run fourth wicket partnership for Seamer at Flixton 2nds but the visitors were all back in the pavilion for 154, Connor Carson claiming 6-42 from 10 overs.

After the break Geoff Hill and Mick Walmsley, 40, put on 73 for the opening partnership before Hill, 55, and all-rounder Carson, 55 not out, added 56 for the second wicket to take the home team to victory by eight wickets.

Simon Leeson, 51, and Mark Purvis, 17, gave Flamborough a good start putting on 51 for the opening partnership on their own ground against Staithes.

Andy Dixon added 39 and Andrew Leeson 21 to take the home team to 169-8 at tea, Craig Thompson claiming 3-34 from his 12 overs and Jeff Morrison and Steve Thornton bagging two wickets each.

In reply Rich Hegarty, 69, and Paul Theaker, 73, ensured victory for the visitors adding 127 before a wicket fell, leading to success by six wickets, Mel Dixon claiming 2-33 for Flamborough.

Paul Woodhead, 65, and Mark Jackson, 60 shared a 104 second-wicket stand for Cayton in a close match at Filey.

Jake McAleese struck an unbeaten 47 which took the total to 170-4 after 45 overs.

After the break Filey got away to a good start, Andy Burrell, 36, and Paul Bowes, 32, adding 83 for the first wicket.

Jordan Powell added 26 and Richard Burrell remained unbeaten on 33, but good bowling from Steve McAleese, 4-64, and Paul Woodhead, 4-73, left the home team all back in the pavilion and 16 runs adrift at the close.