All-round ace Howard keeps Filey in title hunt

Aaron Howard     Picture: Steve Lilly
Aaron Howard Picture: Steve Lilly

YOUNG all-rounder Aaron Howard smashed an unbeaten 160 and took 4-18 as Filey 2nds cruised to an 145-run victory at home to promotion rivals Nawton Grange.

Howard smacked 13 sixes and four fours in his ton, while Dave Brannan Snr hammered three sixes and seven fours in an unbeaten 62 as the hosts amssed a huge 281-5.

In reply, Ian Ward, 74, and Neil Ward, 34, tried their best to keep Grange afloat, but top bowling from Kevin Chapman, 5-10, and Howard saw them slip to 136 all out.

Paul Pennock struck an excellent unbeaten 100 as Cayton 3rds crushed visitors Muston 2nds by 182 runs.

Johnny Best also shone with 65, while James Barber fell two runs short of his half-century and stalwart Bob Kimm hit 43 in Cayton’s 281-4.

Barber then sliced through the Muston batting with excellent figures of 6-12 as the visitors sank to 99 all out.

Josh Gretton and Gary Gibson hit 80 and 78 respectively as Forge Valley 4ths eased to a 109-run success at home to Wykeham 3rds.

James Reddish also weighed in with an unbeaten 31 as Valley posted 274-4.

In reply, Rob Shepherdson, 66no, and George Shannon, 44, both attempted to boost Wykeham, but they fell short on 165-3 from 40 overs.

Hunmanby openers Gary Wardell and Chris Elvidge proved to be the match-winners for the nine-man promotion-chasers as they won by 78 runs at Scalby 3rds.

Wardell fell just two runs short of his century, playing on to a delivery from left-arm medium-pacer Danny Dawes to end his stylish innings agonisingly short of his ton, while Elvidge was dismissed for a fluent 60.

The duo had looked set to take Hunmanby way past the 300 mark, but only teenage all-rounder Stephen Hill - who was also dismissed by Dawes - managed to get going with bat, but the visitors still managed to post 256-7 thanks to the last two batsmen hanging on.

The home side were soon in trouble on 46-6, but a superb century stand between number eight batsman Steve Shannon, 54, and John Dudley, 37, gave the hosts a slim chance of success.

But fine slow bowling from Lee Johnson snuffed out the tail-end of the innings after paceman John Emmerson had earlier claimed 3-49, struggling Scalby dismissed for 178.

Leaders Wold Newton 2nds cruised to a 10-wicket 10-wicket victory at home to Ravenscar 2nds.

Paul Hill recorded top figures of 4-39 as the visitors, who were on the fringes of the promotion race before this game, were dismissed for 142.

Seasoned campaigner Anthony White, 39, and Paul Hurworth, 29, did their best for the visitors.

Wold Newton 2nds openers James Baker and Antony Yates then made easy work of passing this total, Baker smashing 91 and Yates hitting exactly 50.