Filey set to take on champions Staithes

HITTING OUT ... Andy Burrell
HITTING OUT ... Andy Burrell

FILEY will be looking to climb away from the Readers Scarborough Beckett League premier division relegation zone with a home win against defending champions Staithes today, 2.15pm start.

The Clarence Drive club lost out by seven wickets at leaders Staxton last weekend, despite another superb knock by their in-form batsman Andy Burrell.

Visitors Filey were restricted to 198-8 despite Burrell blasting a relentless 90 from 105 balls, and David Brannan also chipped in with 39.

Teenage spinner Linden Gray continued his fine form with figures of 5-52 for the home team.

After tea the match was settled by an excellent partnership between wicket-keeper batsman James Armstrong, 63, and rising star Gray, who added to his contribution with the ball by hitting 62, as the pair put on 126 runs as Staxton edged comfortably towards their target.

Skipper Chris Dove struck an unbeaten 35 to knock off the runs for the loss of three wickets, as Staxton continued their bid to wrench back the title from Staithes.

Dove said: “They started quite well and we didn’t take a wicket until just before drinks.

“But the game changed when we brought the spinners into the game.

“Rich Flinton and Linden Gray bowled really well and Rich got the big wicket of Andy Burrell lbw and we managed to peg them back to a total we were confident we could chase down on a good track.”

Hunmanby were without a game last week as Cloughton 2nds failed to raise a side, so they will be eager to return to action this afternoon in their division B trip to Forge Valley 2nds.

The Sands Lane club are fourth in the table, but a victory at Wilson’s Lane today could help them put pressure on the top two of Snainton - who have won all seven of their games this season - and Sherburn.