Beckett League Divisions 1 & 2: Cloughton and Dale thriller ends all square

Beckett League Division One and Two reports
Beckett League Division One and Two reports

The game of the day was undoubtedly Thornton Dale's home clash against Cloughton in Division One.

Dale batted first and made it to 206-9, Tim Hunt hitting 59no with support from Gareth Hunt (53) and Richard Boyes (37), Tom Watson taking 5-30 for Cloughton.

Left-hander Chris Malthouse led the reply for Cloughton with a superb 74, while Jack Hakings (50) and skipper Ricky Nock (25) chipped in.

Andy Hill (3-38) did his best to haul Cloughton back and with the game hung in the balance, neither side could get over the line and Cloughton finished on 206-8, both sides taking 14 points for their efforts.

The best bowling effort of the day was from Brompton's Mark Bruce as his stunning 6-7 ensured their game against Wykeham was short and sweet.

Wykeham were dismissed for just 45 before Tom Noble (18no) helped Brompton to 48-1.

Settrington stretched their lead at the top to 14 points as they won by 34 runs at third placed Staxton 2nds.

George Rounthwaite top-scored with a superb 77 and Eddie Rounthwaite added 25 as Settrington were 185 all out as veteran swing bowler Chris Brown took 2-20 for the home side.

Staxton’s Sean Pinder led his side's reply with 54, but Eddie Rounthwaite completed a fine effort by claiming 5-39 and Zwe Sodladla took 3-28 as Staxton were151 all out.

Wold Newton edged clear from the bottom two with a one-wicket win on the road at Grindale.

Andrew Moore took 4-29 for the visitors as only Richard Jackson (29no) and Sam Battams (24) troubled the scorers.

Dave Southwell made 33 in response and despite 4-20 from Tim Jackson and Ian Cousins' (3-11), Newton made it home with two overs to spare and their last two batsmen at the wicket.

Great Habton bounced back from their defeat at Scalby 2nds last week with an-87 run win at relegation-threatened Scarborough 3rds in Division Two.

Habton skipper John Lumley hit a superb 119 and Rob Richardson added 58 and Rob Goforth 51 as his side posted a huge total of 304-3, declaring after 40 overs of their innings.

Scarborough 3rds made a good go at reaching the mammoth target with Ben Rowe hitting 81 and Tom Pratt adding 54, but they finished on 217-5 after their 45 overs, Lumley adding to his efforts with the bat by taking 2-43.

Ganton skipper Ali Limb experienced mixed emotions as his side beat Ravenscar by 72 runs.

Limb looked set to make it to three figures before he was agonisingly dismissed for 97 as Ganton posted 257-4, Stewart Ward adding 66, R Milner hitting 48 and Liam Cousins unbeaten on 38 at the end of their 45 overs.

Ravenscar's prolific skipper Joe Bayes hit 71 to try and fire his side to an unlikely victory, but only Ivan Kirk (34) and Will Warwick (32) offered any real support as they were all out for `85, James Richardson (3-23) and John Bannister (3-34) doing the damage with the cherry.

The top two sides in the division picked up wins to continue their quest for promotion into Division One.

Leaders Bridlington 2nds bowled Ebberston 2nds out for just 87 despite 31 from Eddie Swiers, Carl Parkin (3-1) and Mike Tate (3-36) doing the bulk of the damage.

Andy Clay hit 56 as Brid made it safely to 88-1 in reply to complete a 20-point haul.

Harry Purves's all-round effort ensured Fylingdales stayed hot on Brid's heels in second after they beat rock-bottom Forge Valley 2nds by six wickets.

Purves took 5-48 as Valley were 146 all out, Lewis Wannop (37) and Matthew Kennedy (35no) their top run scorers.

Barry Heyes top-scored with 36, while Purves added to his efforts with the ball with 30. Mark Estill hit an unbeaten 29 and Rob Grove added 26 as Dales made it to 148-4.

Scalby 2nds continued to create space between themselves and the bottom two as they beat Sewerby 2nds by 27 runs at their Carr Lane HQ.

Wily all-rounder Adrian Hollingsworth was their star man with both bat and ball, his 46 aligned with 41 from Stu Rowland helping Scalby to recover from a shaky start to post 177.

Hollingsworth then took 3-36 to help restrict Sewerby to 150-9, Simon Porter (37no) and Robin Coates (26) their top run scorers.