EVENING LEAGUE: Gibson boosts Staxton title bid

Staxton batsman Nick Gibson
Staxton batsman Nick Gibson

A stylish 64 from Nick Gibson helped title-chasing Staxton earn a 97-run win at basement club Cloughton in division A of the AndyHire Evening League on Thursday night.

The win keeps Staxton a point behind leaders Ebberston, and also means that Cloughton need to win their final two matches, at leaders Ebberston on Thursday July 24 and at third-placed Flixton on July 31, and hope rivals Wykeham and Forge Valley fail to win either of their games.

Rob Pinder smacked 40 and Jodie Robson 23 as Staxton amassed 173-5 at Gibson’s former club Cloughton.

Andy Clyde rolled back the years with a defiant 36 for the hosts, but Adam Hargreaves, 3-18, helped to limit Cloughton to 76-5.

Clyde’s old club Ebberston are still in pole position for the title after a 10-wicket win at third-from-bottom Forge Valley.

Jon Mason’s 4-7 helped skittle Valley for just 48 runs and Ben Lealman’s unbeaten 31 wrapped up the win.

Young all-rounder Harry Walmsley fired Flixton to a five-wicket home win against Heslerton.

Walmsley snapped up 3-27 as the visitors posted 143-5, Alex Carrie the main man for Heslerton with 59, Kristian Wilkinson adding 31.

Walmsley’s unbeaten 53, aided by 23 not out from Chris Mann and 25 from Stu Stocks secured the points for the hosts.

Wykeham kept their chances of avoiding the drop alive with a final-over home win against Seamer.

Brandon Tyzzer, 54no, and Anthony Jenkinson, 49, looked to have put Seamer in with a chance on 122-2, but Mark Bruce’s unbeaten 27, allied to 28 from James Bryant made sure of a three-wicket win for the hosts - despite top bowling from Matty Morris, 3-17.

Scalby edged closer to the division B title with a six-run win at home to rivals Sherburn.

Paul Hesp’s brilliant bowling form this season continued with 4-23 as the visitors made 124-9 in reply to Scalby’s 130-6, Dave Holborn having top-scored with 34 for the leaders.

Cayton earned a dramatic one-run win at Scarborough.

The visitors batted first, reaching a superb 168-7 thanks to knocks from Paul Pennock, 33, Jake McAleese, 27, and James Ward, 29, Tom Bruce snapping up 3-30 for the North Marine Road club.

Bruce also led the ball with a fine 58, but Kieron Glave’s 3-33 helped dismiss the hosts for 167.

Ebberston B hammered their nearest division C title rivals, Scalby B, by 65 runs to take pole position in the race for the championship.

Both teams are locked together on 22 points, but Scalby only have one game left to play while Ebberston have two. There mnay still be a few twists in the tale as third-placed Wykeham are only a point behind with two games left and are on the same points as Ravenscar, who only have one match remaining.

Adam Machin, 54 not out, and veteran Ady Turnbull, 48, helped Ebberston post 166-3.

Scalby slumped to 101 all out in reply, Sam Hardie scooping 3-10 for Ebberston.

Wykeham B won by 31 runs at Cayton B thanks to a solid 45 from Scott Wardman.

Ravenscar claimed a 13-run home success against Muston, thanks to tidy knocks of 27 from Matt Smith and 26 by Robin Coulson.

Elliott Cooper, who plays for Staxton’s first team as a spinner on a Saturday, showed his batting prowess for Staxton B, hitting 65 in his side’s 74-run home triumph against Forge Valley B.

Cooper hammered 65, with assistance from Dan Blanchard, 42, and Jonny Aldcroft, 32, as the hosts set 169-4.

Eric Hall’s 25 was the only highlight as Valley made 95-9 in reply.

Bernard Goulding, the league secretary, was unhappy with three teams calling off their games.

He said: “Unfortunately there were three teams unable to raise sides which also happens to be probably the best and warmest night for playing cricket for some time which is such a shame for the opponents of these three teams.

“I get the feeling that nowadays if a team is not winning all the time or not in with a shout of winning a league title players suddenly lose interest in playing - this rarely occurs in teams that are winning games regularly and challenging for a title or promotion.”

Goulding added: “Without giving my age, I would say that in my playing days you would always turn out for your team regardless of how your team was for winning a title and play to win each and every game and enjoy it thoroughly and would love to play on such a pleasant evening as Thursday night - how times seem to have changed.”