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                                                    2019 WEEKLY REPORTS by Graham Purdy


On the final weekend of the season, Clifton Alliance rounded off a memorable season securing the Division one title to complete a league and cup double. Admirably led by skipper Jason Gatus, his young side recorded their fifth consecutive victory to secure the silverware and see off the challenge of Burn who finished runners-up. After the visitors Ovington (128-6) were restricted to a below par total - thanks to the accuracy of the home bowling attack again supported by excellent ground fielding - Clifton (131-2) cruised to victory despite the early loss of skipper Gatus. Fifties from Ali Wary (53) and Lewis Clark (51) sealed the win for Clifton to be crowned Vale League Division One champions for the first time.  Burn (242-9) secured second spot with a hard-fought victory against relegated Askham Bryan (234-7) with the Burn top order of Scott Haigh (50), Scott Hunt (70) and Ed Clarke (41) among the runs. Led by opener Phil Allen (95no), Askham made a real fist of it in reply only to fall eight runs short as wickets fell with Graham Robson (4-66) picking up the lion’s share. Yapham (160-5) left it late in the season to find some winning form with a successful run chase led by Rob Hewitt (68) against visitors South Cave & Brantingham (157-9) whose Harshal Deshmukh (62) was earlier among the runs. Thixendale’s (76) inconsistent late season form saw them fall to a heavy defeat at Melbourne (171-8) as Robin Miller (4-7), Scott Coupland (3-35) and James Coupland (3-27) prevailed with the ball.  Kelfield (251-4) completed their campaign with a thumping defeat of Stockton & Hopgrove (154). Runs flowed for the Kelfield top five as John Cockerill (50), Craig Lawson (35), Jamie Wheeler (51no), Matthew Walker (52) and Chris Walker (40) enjoyed their final visits to the crease for the season. Lawson (4-26) then added to his wicket count as the Stockton innings fell away despite a spirited fifty from Kalum Perera (51no). 

Dunnington (247-5) secured promotion to Division One in style as Hemingbrough (120) succumbed to the talented youth and experience of the Common Road side. After the early loss of two wickets, a 155-run partnership between James Crichton (64) and skipper Steve Jackson (132no) enabled the home side to post another 200+ total. Young spinners Ewan Davies (4-12) and Harvey Jackson (3-25) then completed the win as Dunnington secured their promotion to join near neighbours and champions Stamford Bridge in the top flight next season. Hirst Courtney (114) were no match for Stamford Bridge (258) as the Division Two champions finished their campaign in style with skipper Des Healey (4-16) again among the wickets. Runs from Andrew Healey (60), Alex Jubb (55), Joshua Moore (33) and D Davies (32) had earlier laid the foundations for the home side’s fifteenth win of the campaign. Third-place Pocklington (42) had a final day to forget as Wheldrake’s Lee Fearn (6-9) ripped through their batting order with no bat reaching double figures. Clifton Alliance (126) took the spoils in a low scoring game at Thorpe Willoughby (96) whose Ed Hutchinson (34) was the only bat to master the conditions. Freddie Mills (4-11) for the visitors and Drew Senior (4-28) for the hosts being the pick of the bowlers.
Runs flowed more freely in Division Three as Heslington (226-6), Stamford Bridge (227-5), Ovington (233-5) and Bolton Percy (232-8) all posted big final day totals. Ovington’s successful run chase against Bolton Percy was led by a century for Matt Dwyer (122no) supported by Unwin Waidyaratne (47) following his earlier rewards with the ball (4-36). Heslington’s successful run chase was led by opener John Ayre (70), Simon Desborough (46) and skipper Iain Tessier (56no) after the visitors had earlier prospered through Adam Willcock (70no), Sam Brown (60) and Dave Quick (32) despite wickets from young spinner Ben Desborough (4-58).
The League’s team and individual achievements will be celebrated at a joint awards evening with the Foss Evening League on Saturday September 28 at the Regen Centre, Riccall.


31 August/1 September

Clifton Alliance maintained their dominance in Division one with another commanding performance to remain top of the table as the Vale league season enters its final weeks. Lewis Clark was the star of the show with an unbeaten century (130no) and wickets (2-29) as Clifton (277- 5) comfortably secured the points against bottom side Askham Bryan (183-9). Yapham (57) were on the wrong side of a heavy defeat on their travels to fellow strugglers Kelfield (258-6) losing by over 200 runs. The home batsmen made use of first knock with telling contributions from John Cockrill (76), Matthew Walker (77), and Craig Lawson (52). The visitors then had no answer to the bowling of Craig Lawson (3-27) and David Stephenson (4-8).  Thixendale (163) were also big winners on their trip to Ovington (92) as Ben Brown (3-12) and Adrian Brader (3-9) ensured the home side were never in contention.  The Stockton & Hopgrove (169-2) openers continued their recent good form with a century partnership as Rich Kerrison (62) and Rob Cockerill (51) laid the foundation for a successful run chase against Melbourne (168-7) whose James Coupland (98) fell agonisingly close to a first ton.

Division two leaders Stamford Bridge (184-6) made light work of second place Pocklington (82) as veteran Des Healey (4-16) and Sam Browne (4-29) ensured the title headed to Low Catton Road. Healey also weighed in with runs (28) to compliment those of Martyn Stevens (45), Alex Jubb (34) and Ian Fraser (61no) as the home side continued their domination of the division. Thorpe Willoughby (107-2) eased their relegation concerns with a strong performance against visitors Hemingbrough (106) with teenage all-rounder Ed Hutchinson again at the forefront with ball (4-28) and bat (31no). Wheldrake (232-3) came out on top of a high scoring encounter at Clifton Alliance (230-4) with Alex Carter (104no) eclipsing the earlier batting exploits of Chris Elliot (98no) as bat dominated ball. A low scoring affair saw extras top scoring for both sides as Ben Johnson (89-7) scraped home against Hirst Courtney (87-7) in difficult batting conditions. 

Burn (98-1) moved to top spot in Division three needing less than fifteen overs to ease past Bishopthorpe (94) whose below par total was indebted to some late order hitting from skipper Mark Deamer (48) after his side wilted under the pressure of tight bowling by the hosts whose Bob Adamson (4-20) was among the wickets. Tom Harland (41no) and Mark Webster (33no) then completed the win for the hosts. Stamford Bridge 133-2 completed the club’s second defeat of the weekend of near neighbours Pocklington (132) with Dan Mosley enjoying his afternoon with both bat (37no) and ball (4-25). Extras accounted for almost a third of the runs as Bolton Percy (151) edged home against Heslington (144). A half-century from home bat Anil Parmar (57) and five-wicket haul for Andrew Tessier (5-31) were the features of the first innings with Rich Simpson (30) top scoring for the visitors in reply as the hosts conceded a staggering 61 extras! 

Guy Mitchell Cup Final – Melbourne (166-2) bt South Cave & Brantingham (163) by eight wickets
Melbourne skipper James Coupland (102no) scored his maiden century in leading his side to victory in the final of the Guy Mitchell cup held on Sunday held at Hemingbrough. Chasing a competitive first innings total built around the innings of South Cave opener Harshal Deshmukh (65), Coupland completed the victory and his ton in style hitting the winning four to seal the silverware. 


24/25/26 August

Clifton Alliance’s march to the Division 1 championship continued apace at the weekend with a ten- wicket demolition of visitors South Cave & Brantingham (130). The win was set-up by another strong all-round bowling performance which included a hat-trick from Cris Gwilliam-Lopez (3-10) to remove the visitors top order before father and daughter combination of George and Annie Brown completed the job with two wickets apiece. Skipper Jason Gatus (78no) then dominated proceedings with the bat as he and Niall Tisley (40no) secured the points within twenty-three overs. Second place Burn (195-5) were made to work harder for their victory at Kelfield (194-7) to remain in touch with the leaders. In a game dominated by big scores from opening bats, the efforts of Kelfield opener Craig Lawson (97no) were surpassed by a match-winning century from Burn opener Leigh Adamson (103no) who, in reply, steered his side home. Yapham (92-9) remain in trouble in the fight to avoid relegation after losing heavily to Stockton & Hopgrove (93-0) whose openers Rob Cockerill (45no) and Rich Kerrison (37no) eased their side to victory. A close encounter saw Ovington (134-9) narrowly edge out Melbourne (133-8) by a single wicket thanks mainly to vital fifty run partnership between Alex Dickinson (43) and skipper Jimmy Taylor (31) after his side had slipped to 51-7. Matt Beevers (56) had earlier posted the games only fifty for the home side with Mylife Sunuwah (3-31) among the wickets for the visitors.

Division 2 leaders Stamford Bridge (155-6) completed their thirteenth league win against a spirited Clifton Alliance (150-6) side in which Christopher Elliot (39no) top scored. Contributions from Charlie Wilson (39), Rob Gilyeat (33) and Lewis Wilson (36no) secured the points for the home side countering the threat of Kier Brooks Humphrey (3-30) who bowled well for the visitors. Challengers Dunnington and Pocklington both continued their runs of good form. Dunnington (132-2) comfortably chased down Thorpe Willoughby’s (131-5) with skipper Steve Jackson (76no) again in commanding form with the bat. Thorpe opener Ed Hutchinson (55no) had earlier battled hard to get runs on the board against tight bowling from the visitors. Jackson (60) carried on where he left off in a rearranged game against Wheldrake (135) played on Bank Holiday Monday as Dunnington (194) registered their second win of the weekend. Jackson was supported by runs for Harry Paver (60) with 14-year-old spin bowler Harvey Jackson (5-27) and Dan Ruxton (3-26) doing the damage with the ball as Wheldrake chased in vain. Runs were hard to come by as Pocklington (115-7) squeezed over the line against Ben Johnson (113) for whom Neil Drew (47) was the mainstay as wickets fell to Pete Eastwood (3-29) and Archie Wilcock (3-23). The visitors were then indebted to the bat of Martin Stables (42no) as wickets tumbled in the Pocklington reply.

Thorpe Willoughby (126) consolidated their position as Division 3 leaders with another victory against strugglers Selby (46) despite a five-wicket haul from home junior bowler Nathan Tyle (5-10) whose twelve over spell included five maidens. The visitors were equally devasting with the ball as Selby succumbed to the bowling of Sam Hinch (4-11) and Neil Emery (4-4) to fall well short in reply. Runs flowed more easily at the Outgang as Ovington (221) emerged on top against Heslington (151-5) whose Iain Tessier (51no) and Dave Fairclough (50) both recorded fifties. Jacob Lamb (83) and Dominic Everard (50) earlier dominated proceedings in the heat with Richard Simpson (3-56) posing the main threat for the hosts.


The top three sides in division one all recorded convincing away wins in a full weekend programme of Vale league games which also saw Dunnington secure their first silverware of the season as winners of the Scothern Cup. Leaders Clifton Alliance (75-2) continued their good league form with an emphatic victory on the road at Kelfield (74) as opening bowlers Lewis Clark (5-29) and George Brown (3-28) combined to dismiss the home side cheaply. Skipper Jason Gatus (35no) completed the victory with few alarms to record his side’s eleventh league win. Second place Burn (106-4) also made light work of their trip to Stockton & Hopgrove (105) with change bowler Jacob Webster (4-26) taking out the home side’s middle order after a grafting innings from Rob Cockerill (45) in tricky batting conditions. The Burn bats then ground out the result using thirty-six overs to get over the line thanks to attritional knocks from Ben Steward (30) and Ed Clark (35).Thixendale (185-8) returned to winning ways in a hard-fought game against fourth place South Cave & Brantingham (157-9) despite a fifty from home opener Harshal Deshmukh (57). First change bowler Kev Wallis (7-40) precipitated the home side’s batting collapse, with runs in the Thixendale innings shared between Ray Walker (35), Simon Walgate (35) and Jonty Gillingham (25). Bottom side Yapham (91) failed to put enough runs on the board as Melbourne (92-5), despite a late flurry of wickets, completed the win inside twenty overs with skipper James Coupland (42) top scoring. Fellow strugglers Askham Bryan (79) also lost heavily to Ovington (141) to complete a clean sweep of away side wins, despite Kev Smith (5-40) recording a 5-wicket haul for the hosts.

Division two leaders Stamford Bridge (63-7) returned to winning ways in a low scoring affair at Hemingbrough (62). After Dan Mosley (6-32) and Des Healey (4-5) dismissed the home side cheaply J Pick (6-31) then made life difficult for the visitors in challenging batting conditions. Pocklington (232-8) continued their good form with a resounding home win against fourth placed Hirst Courtney (85). The home sides total was based around a stand of 130 for the second wicket featuring a Martin Stables (105) century. Rich Williman (5-28) then put paid to the visitor’s response as Pocklington moved into second place. Bottom side Sessay (56) lost heavily again at Thorpe Willoughby (58-2) as none of their bats recorded double figures against the in-form bowling of Jordan Leybourn (5-15) and Steve Jackson (3-14). Ben Johnson (167-5) enjoyed their trip to Clifton Alliance (166) with a win that eased their relegation worries.  Runs from Steve Castle (26), Neil Drew (25) and Paul Morrison (36) secured victory with three overs to spare. 

The top of Division three clash saw Burn (181-8) narrowly beat local rivals Thorpe Willoughby (176-5) in a thriller at Linnet Park, with the Burn innings dominated by an aggressive ton from Mark Webster (125). In reply, Thorpe’s Peter Wilson (69no) and Jamie Richardson (35) took the game deep, but the home side were unable to score the ten required off the final over in a tense finale.  The away win theme of the week continued as Pocklington (138-9) took the spoils at Ovington (74) and Bishopthorpe (157) recovered well to secure victory at Bolton Percy (132-9). Visitors Selby (162-9) were on course for a much-needed win at Heslington (87-8) before the rain intervened, leaving the endeavours of Oliver Western (69no & 3-20) for the visitors in vain after youngster Lucas Ruane (3-18) had earlier bowled well for the hosts.

A young Dunnington (239-4) side dominated proceedings in the Scothern Construction Cup final at Pocklington against Ovington (57). Dunnington captain Steve Jackson (78) shared a match-winning partnership of 128 with Harry Paver (105) who went on to record his maiden century in sixty-four balls as Ovington failed to hang on to their chances in the field. The York side then had no answer to the Dunnington attack, with spinners Harvey Jackson (3-6) and Ed Millington (3-0) wrapping up proceedings to secure the silverware. 


Heavy bails, strong winds and dodging showers were the order of the day for Vale league cricketers as the race for honours gathered pace. Stockton and Hopgrove (128) were blown away by division title contenders Clifton Alliance (129-1) whose skipper Jason Gatus (61) was again among the runs. His young bowling attack had earlier dismissed the visitors cheaply, despite the resistance of Rich Cockerill (47). Richard Waites (3-10) was the pick of the home bowlers with Gatus leading the charge to victory inside twenty-four overs to ensure his side retained top spot. Challengers Burn (216-8) also made light work of a previously resurgent Yapham (88) with skipper Scott Hunt (62) again among the runs, the middle order pair of Jacob Webster (48) and Mark Webber (40) also making important contributions. In reply, Yapham had no answers to the Burn attack with opening bowler Matthew Leetham (3-23) clean bowling their top three to stifle any challenge to the home sides total. In a weather reduced game, South Cave & Brantingham (96-8) fell short in a low scoring affair at Ovington (98-2) despite a patient knock from opener Adam Lucy (37no). Jack Walmsley (3-20) and Fin Baqai (3-13) starred with ball for the home side whose James Eckersley (47no) made batting look easy as his side breezed to victory inside sixteen overs.

Dunnington (105-2) emerged victorious on their short trip to runaway division two leaders Stamford Bridge (101) who fell to only their second defeat of the campaign. Batting first, the home side suffered an early blow when leading run scorer Charlie Wilson fell cheaply. Jordan Richardson (4-28) then weighed in with a string of wickets before the Dunnington spinners Harvey Jackson (2-20) and Ed Millington (3-21) dismissed their rivals with overs to spare.  In reply, the Dunnington openers survived a number of dropped catches but skipper Steve Jackson (58 not out) stood firm to lead his side to victory and close the gap at the top of the division. A bowler dominated affair saw Clifton Alliance (95) defend a low total on their trip to Hirst Courtney (54). Veteran Rob Slater (5-16) and Oliver Brookes-Humphries (3-19) were their saviours with the ball, after Tinaye Mazonde (3-15) and Alex Barraclough (3-24) had made short work of the visitor’s innings. 

Division three leaders Thorpe Willoughby (153-8) blew away the challenge of third placed visitors Stamford Bridge (46) with a fine all-round performance. Runs from Ross Powell (51) and Ed Hutchinson (31) were followed up with wickets from Dave Watson (4-14), Jordan Leybourn (3-14) and Michael Carse (3-13) to open up a twenty-eight-point lead at the top of the table. Selby’s (51) woes with the bat continued as they were again dismissed cheaply by title challengers Burn (152-7) whose Ray Adamson (75no) was once more among the runs.  Selby’s Andy Sykes (5-38) asked some questions of the free-scoring Burn batting line-up, but his side had no answer to the ever-consistent Dan Robinson (3-16) and Lucas Webster (4-13) in reply.

Melbourne and South Cave and Brantingham emerged as finalists with convincing victories in their Guy Mitchell Cup Semi Finals. Yapham (109) had no real answers to the imposing target set by South Cave and Brantingham (192-8) whose Mark Ash (54) and Arun Kalwani (51) were in command with the bat. Despite useful contribution from Dan Isenstein (31) and Sam Vale (26no), Yapham’s reply faultered thanks to wickets from Steve Taylor (3-34) and Harshal Deshmukh (3-17) as Cave clinched their final spot. Batting first, Ben Johnson (84) had no real answers to the bowling of Robin Miller (5-30) and Andy Forman (3-11) allowing Melbourne (88-3) to ease their way into the final with Oliver Steel (44no) taking his side home with overs to spare. 


Clifton Alliance secured the first silverware of the season with a convincing win over Thixendale in the HPH Cup final held at Clifton Alliance on a showery Sunday. After winning the toss and inserting their division one rivals, the Clifton bowlers were initially made to work hard for wickets the Thixendale innings looking well set at 48-1 after sixteen overs. Backed by exceptional ground fielding, the Clifton bowlers then began to make inroads with the dismissal of Thixendale’s skipper Simon Walgate to a brilliant caught and bowled by George Brown (3-13) opening the door to a middle order collapse leaving the villagers well short at 81 all out at the interval. With showers around and further rain forecast, the Clifton batters made lightwork of the reply. Skipper Jason Gatus (32) led the charge to victory which was completed within 16 overs to ensure the cup remained firmly in the Clifton Alliance trophy cabinet. 

In the Saturday Division 1 fixtures the leading sides had indifferent afternoons. Leaders Clifton Alliance (129-9) found batting hard work at Yapham (131-4) with only skipper Jason Gatus (50) mastering the conditions exploited by the home bowling attack, Henry Kay (3-41) and Dan Einstein (4-19) sharing the wickets. The home side were then made to work hard for their runs and were indebted to the fifth wicket partnership between Thomas Binns (44no) and Joe Moore (25no) to claim a notable victory. Second place Thixendale (65) had a miserable afternoon on their trip to Stockton & Hopgrove (66-0) losing by ten wickets against a rejuvenated home side whose Tom Williams (3-11) was the stand-out bowler. Rich Kerrison (30no) and Rob Cockerill (31no) then saw Stockton home without any alarms. Third placed Burn (233-9) returned to winning ways with a heavy defeat of visitors Melbourne (122). Runs from Scott Hunt (98), Ben Steward (29) and Jacob Webster (25no) set up the victory with Matthew Leatham (4-9) and Ashley Abbott (4-38) completing the win with the ball, only Adam Thomas (50) provided any resistance. Ovington (192-9) dominated proceedings on their trip to Kelfield (105). Opener Finn Baqui (59), supported by useful contributions from Joe Browning (38) and Alex Dickinson (24) provided the foundation to the visitor’s total, with the home wickets shared between Phil Cornfield (5-69) and Christopher Walker (3-50). The Kelfield bats then had no answer to Ovington’s open bowlers with Dominic Everard (5-8) and Jack Walmsley (3-23) knocking over the top order, the only resistance coming from the home side’s number ten Jacob Atkinson (35) taking them past the hundred mark. 

Stamford Bridge continued to dominate proceedings in Division 2 beating league struggles Thorpe Willoughby with solid batting from Ian Fraser (39), Sam Brown (27) and Dan Moseley (43no) setting up their eleventh league win.  Pocklington (145-1) continued their run of good form away at Clifton Alliance (144-3), an eighty-three run second wicket partnership between Liam Serginson (57no) and Dan Croft (41no) securing their victory. Dunnington (152-9) maintained their top three position through a convincing win over visitors Ben Johnson (72) with Ed Millington (7-23) spinning his side to victory in a devasting seven over spell.

Thorpe Willoughby (115-2) cemented their position as Division 3 leaders with a routine win over Bolton Percy (114-9), a ninety-three partnership between Andy Moore (54no) and Ed Hutchinson (28no) seeing them home. Second place Burn (174) were on the wrong side of a close encounter against Stamford Bridge (175-8) whose Liam Easton (78) provided the match-winning innings after his side had struggled to 69-5. Selby (53) were again bowled out cheaply enabling Pocklington (54-1) to ease to victory within twelve overs. Rain had the final say at Heslington (145-2) as the home side were in strong position chasing the Bishopthorpe (190-5) target built on good knocks from Mark Elliot (65) and Colin Markham (41no). An opening century partnership (129) between skipper Iain Tessier (80) and Dave Fairclough (39) left the game well poised before the rain storms intervened. 

Week 14

Saturday and Sunday 27/28 July

The vagaries of the British weather put paid to fourteen of the schedule games in the Vale League with only the Sunday games surviving the downpours. Division one title contenders Clifton Alliance (198-6) were pushed all the way by visitors Burn (194-8) in a closely fought game, the home side securing their ninth win of the season in the final over to recapture the top of the table spot. After recovering from the loss of an early wicket, the Burn middle order looked set to record a challenging total with telling contributions from Harry Cruise (35), Ed Clark (57) and Scott Hunt (33) before tight bowling supported by the good ground fielding of the home side curtailed the visitor’s acceleration. Matthew Simms (3-53) - with his customary three wickets - and Lewis Clark (3-56) being the pick of the bowlers for Clifton. Despite taking early wickets, Burn were unable to capture the key wicket of Matthew Phillips (81no) who, with support from Richard Marshall (31) and Josh Clark (26), guided his side to another vital win with just three balls to spare leaving Burn to rue dropped catches, a missed run out and twenty-three extras. 
Division two leaders Stamford Bridge (141-4) eased to a six-wicket win against an under strength Wheldrake (139). After being put-in on a drying track, Wheldrake reached 82-1 and looked set for a big score. The suicidal run out of Hugo Southern (20) and three wickets in five balls from veteran Des Healey (4-27) saw the capitulation of the visitor’s innings, despite the efforts of opener Anthony Carter (83) who was last man out in the final over of the innings. The loss of an early wicket through a stunning slip catch by Wheldrake skipper Nick Myers was a minor blip for Stamford Bridge who romped to victory through Adam Harrison (56no) supported by David Langston (27) and Dan Mosley (22no of 8 balls) with fifteen overs to spare, opening up an eighty-nine points lead at the top of the table.

Sunday 4th August sees the much awaited HPH Cup Final in the top-of-the-table clash between Clifton Alliance and Thixendale. As last year’s winners, Clifton will be looking to retain the trophy against a resurgent Thixendale who will be playing in their first ever HPH Cup Final after having just secured the Foss Evening League Division Two Championship. For a club who, five years ago, were on the brink of folding their success represents a remarkable transformation for the village side. The final is being held at Clifton Alliance CC starting at 1.30pm.

Week 13

Saturday and Sunday 20/21 July

The Division 1 title race saw a further twist this weekend when Burn ended leaders Thixendale’s run of good form to become title contenders in what is beginning to look like a three-horse race. Despite runs from Simon Walgate (72) and Jonty Meggison (74no), Thixendale’s first innings total (224-4) proved below par as the opening century partnership of Scott Haigh (90no) and Harry Cruise (81) set-up what proved a comfortable run chase for Burn (227-3) whom won with overs to spare. Second place Clifton Alliance (158-1) returned to winning ways in the league seeing off an understrength Melbourne (156) whose Oliver Steels (84) was the mainstay of their innings, Matthew Simms (3-23) and Richard Marshall (4-30) among the wickets again for the hosts. The early loss of skipper Jason Gatus proved a minor blip for Clifton with Matthew Phillips (78no) and Niall Tilsley (55no) powering them to victory inside twenty overs. Yapham (140-8) squeezed out a vital narrow win against fellow relegation contenders Ovington (138) after bowling out their visitors cheaply through the endeavours of Sam Vale (5-33) and Will Cardy (3-43). The home side were then made to work hard for the points as young spinner Jack Walmsley (4-45) followed up his earlier runs (41) with the ball to keep the game on a knife edge after the dismissal of Dan Isenstein (52). The Yapham tail held its nerve to secure victory on the penultimate ball of a thrilling game. Kelfield (140-5) and South Cave and Brantingham (141-7) also played out a thriller as fourth played fifth in a reduced overs game. After the loss of early top order wickets on a difficult track, Cave’s total was indebted to good knocks from Oliver Pierce (45), Anjun Bahl (28) and Harshal Deshmukh (40no). In reply Kelfield were always in contention until the final over of the day when excellent death bowling from Tony Scotter left then agonisingly close as Cave clinched victory by a single run. Askham Bryan (149) remain rooted to the bottom of the table after a heavy defeat against Stockton and Hopgrove (151-2) whose Rob Cockerill (80no) and Rich Kerrison (54) were in command with the bat after Tom Williams (3-25) and Athula Rathanayke (3-23) set-up the victory with the ball. 

Division two leaders Stamford Bridge (233-6) returned to winning ways in convincing fashion with a strong performance against visitors Sessay (137-9). Runs from Ollie Pimlott (69), Charlie Wilson (60) and Ian Fraser (27) set them on their way before Pimlott returned with the ball (3-14) to complete the win despite resistance from Andrew Dawson (66). The contest between the leaders’ nearest challengers went firmly to Pocklington (47-1) with a crushing defeat of visitors Dunnington (46) who were rolled over by the bowling of Richard Williman (4-3) and Richard Foster (3-13) as five of their bats failed to trouble the scorers. Bottom side Thorpe Willoughby (155) turned the tables on visitors Hirst Courtney (116) with Danny Crockford (50 and 3-46) having a productive day for the hosts. Bowling partners Luke Chugg (4-13) and Ed Hutchinson (3-26) ensured that Hirst were unable to capitalise on opener Sam Dunn’s (69, including six 6s) aggressive intent, youngster Chugg bowling Dunn as he looked to take the game the visitor’s way. 

Division three leaders Thorpe Willoughby and Burn both secured convincing wins to move clear of the chasing clubs. Burn (197-4) needed all their batting power to overcome third place Ovington (193), with skipper Ray Adamson (42no and 3-37) leading from the front. The runs were shared in Thorpe Willoughby’s (219-9) visit to Heslington (157-8) as Ed Hutchinson (39) David Squires (28), Lewis Smith (26), Craig Welford (34no) and Jamie Richardson (26) all enjoyed time at the crease. The homes side’s reply fell short despite a half century from skipper Iain Tessier (50) with the spin of Ed Hutchinson (3-29) a feature. Bolton Percy (165-7) returned to winning ways overcoming visitors Stamford Bridge (132) with Iona Ffrench-Adam (4-33) taking vital wickets as Stamford’s run chase fell short. 

Compensation for Thixendale’s league defeat came by way of a semi-final victory in the HPH Cup on Sunday to set-up a mouth-watering final against Clifton Alliance. Batting first Thixendale (202-7) posted a competitive total against a competitive Stockton and Hopgrove (152) whose Dean Tyler (4-47) asked some questions of the visitors productive batting line-up. An aggressive late order knock from Bob Brown (47no) enhanced the Thixendale total who, despite Jonty Gillingham’s (65) efforts, struggled to dominate on a lively Stockton deck. Brown then starred with the ball (4-40) as Thixendale held their catches including the vital one of Rich Kerrison (52) as the home side’s run chase fell short. Skipper Steve Jackson (93) led from the front as Dunnington (194-4) secured their place in the Scothern Construction Cup final overturning Burn’s (190-9) competitive total in which Harvey Jackson (4-55) was once again the pick of the Dunnington bowlers. With good support from Max Wilson (40) and Mark Arbon (28 not out), Jackson led his side’s run which was secured with just eight balls to spare. Runs also flowed in the other semi-final as Ovington (247-5) completed another successful rain chase against Bishopthorpe (246-6) to meet Dunnington in the final. The Ovington reply featured a century from Tom Ashby (117no) with the efforts of Wayne Middleton (86no) for Bishopthorpe being in vain.

Week 12

Saturday and Sunday 13/14 July

Although Super Overs and tied games were not in evidence, the weekend saw some competitive cricket in the Vale league as a prelude to the dramatic events at Lords on the Sunday evening! Thixendale emerged as victors from their top of the division one table clash with Clifton Alliance on Saturday to secure top spot, with compensation for Clifton coming by way of their HPH semi-final victory against Burn the following day. The much-awaited top of the table clash saw Thixendale take first knock with their innings held together by Simon Walgate (83) against tight bowling from the young Clifton attack, led admirably again by Matthew Simms (3-49). Chasing a target of 208, Clifton’s early optimism was dented by the regular loss of wickets as their top order made starts but were unable to play the ‘Stokes innings’ to take the game deep, falling well short on 139 all out with Jonty Megginson (4-30) the pick of the home bowlers. Third place Burn (166-5) were made to fight hard to secure the spoils against Ovington (165) whose Alex Dickinson (65no) carried his bat as the home side were dismissed by the bowling of Ashley Abbott (4-41) and Tom Cobley (3-37). Fifties from Steve Haigh (60) and Ed Clark (50) set Burn on course for victory before the Ovington spinners led by Jacob Lamb (3-9) caused a few flutters in the visitor’s camp. Bottom of the league Yapham (159-4) turned the tables on fellow strugglers Askham Bryan (157-9) ending the latter’s recent upturn in form with a comfortable run chase led by Craig Readhead (46) and Dan Isensten (50). Kelfield (211-7) dominated their fixture against an under-strength Melbourne (66) with Jamie Wheeler excelling with both bat (66) and ball (4-11) to record a 145-run victory. Stockton & Hopgrove (126) took the spoils in a low scoring game against South Cave & Brantingham (67) whose reply was taken apart by the bowling of Athula Rathanayke (5-13) and Dean Tyler (4-13), with Stockton’s Jamie Kerrison (44) the only bat having a productive day at the crease. 

Division 2 leaders Stamford Bridge (175-7) returned to winning ways with a strong all-round performance against Ben Johnson (71). A hard hitting late order contribution from Lewis Wilson (43) alongside a more circumspect knock from Charlie Wilson (57no) was the foundation of the visitors innings before Ben Johnson succumbed to the strong Stamford bowling line-up, Fenton Griffiths (3-24), Thomas Holmes (3-5) and Des Healey (3-8) sharing the spoils with only Neil Drew (25) reaching double figures for the hosts. Challengers Dunnington (135-5) maintained their good form with a dominant performance against Clifton Alliance (133) whose below par total was indebted to Mark Taylor (66no). Will Hayes-Smith (3-9) and Ed Millington (3-19) were the pick of the home bowlers before skipper Steve Jackson (59no) steered his side home. Hemingbrough’s (141) up and down form continued as the fell to a heavy defeat against bottom side Sessay (142-2) whose teenage debutant Archie Powell was the star of the show. After snaffling five of the visitor’s wickets (5-41) Powell completed the victory with a mature knock (46no) to secure his sides second league victory of the season. Despite the heroics of an on-form Ed Hutchinson (3-19 and 82no), fellow strugglers Thorpe Willoughby (166-7) were narrowly defeated on their trip to Pocklington (168-6) whose skipper Steve Wilson (54) led the home side’s successful run chase.  
An improving Heslington (167-5) side turned the tables on Division 3 leaders Burn (165) with a surprise five wicket victory led by club stalwart Phil North (63 & 3-17) despite another telling innings from Burn opener Ray Adamson (86). Challengers Thorpe Willoughby had a more productive outing to record a comfortable victory against Pocklington, Jonny Leybourn (4-13) doing the damage for the hosts with the ball as his side assumed top spot in the table. Stamford Bridge (239) and Ovington (243-7) played out a nail biter, with the home side squeezing out a win after a gallant run chase from the visitors. Martyn Stevens (92) and Gabriel Uttley (83) top scoring for each side with Kareem Baqai (4-38 and 32) putting in a creditable performance for the visitors. An improving Selby (193-9) recorded a comfortable victory against Bolton Percy (135-8) whose Sam Clews (72no) was the mainstay of his sides unsuccessful reply.

The first HPH Cup semi-final saw Clifton Alliance (182-3) secure a place in the final with a commanding run chase against Burn (180-9). Matthew Simms (3-43) was among the wickets again for Clifton as runs from Harry Cruise (50), Leigh Adamson (38) and Steve Haig (37) gave Burn a competitive total to defend. The Clifton top order found their form and, after the foundations were laid by Ali Wray (33), Niall Tilsley (30) and Jason Gatus (31), Mathew Phillips (74no) completed the win for the York side.


Saturday and Sunday 6/7 July 

Unbeaten records tumbled and centuries were plundered in a full weekend of cricket in the HPH York Vale League. Askham Bryan secured their first league win of the season against high flying Burn in Division one in one of a number of surprise results. Askham’s innings was anchored by opener Phil Allen (81no) who, with support from Kevin Smith (78), took his side to a competitive 228-8 off their 40 overs. Despite runs from Scott Haigh (66) and Scott Hunt (44), Burn (180) fell well short in reply, Alistair Hogben (5-66) weighing in with five wickets to complete Askham’s first league win. The powerful Thixendale batting line up was again out in force as they plundered the Melbourne bowling with Ed Simpson (63), Jonty Megginson (73), Charles Burdass (50no) and Richard Walker (27no) all among the runs. Despite half centuries apiece for Andy Forman (55) and Adam Thomas (50) in reply, Melbourne finished well short as Thixendale retained their narrow lead at the top of the table. Challengers Clifton Alliance (145-1) secured a comfortable victory over visitors Ovington (141-7), Matthew Simms (4-29) doing the damage with the ball for the home side before Ali Wray (68no) and Matthew Phillips (67no) shared a century partnership to secure the win. Runs flowed freely all day at Kelfield (214-3) who successfully chased a competitive Stockton & Hopgrove (209-6) first innings with good knocks from Rob Cockerill (60) Athula Rathayake (50 retired injured) Jamie Kerrison (38) and Tom Williams (29no) as bat dominated ball. The theme continued in Kelfield’s replay with a century from Jamie Wheeler (107) and fifty from Chris Walker (53no) for the home side who won with overs to spare. Runs were harder to come by at South Cave & Brantingham (100-3) where visitors Yapham (96) were bowled out cheaply, Ben Scorah (5-30) taking the key wickets to set-up a comfortable home victory resigning Yapham to the bottom of the table. 

Runaway leaders of Division 2 Stamford Bridge (118) fell to their first league defeat as they were comprehensively beaten by visitors Hirst Courtney (220-7) whose Martyn Rhodes (82) and Alistair Barraclough (65no) provided the runs before the introduction of first change bowler Mazonde (5-16) blew away the Stamford reply, with only Dave Langton (37) showing any resistance. Dunnington (184-8) narrowed the gap on the leaders overcoming a Hemingbrough (158-8) side still smarting after last weeks trouncing. Despite a five-for by Charlie Brackley (5-47), Dunnington’s late order set-up a decent total before their young spinners strangled the visitors reply as Hemingbrough fell short.   Pocklington (176-7) continued their run of good form with a narrow victory over Wheldrake (169-9), despite James Rouse (92no) being in the runs again for the visitors. Three run outs plus wickets from Jonny Sumner (4-42) left Rouse short of partners and eight tuns off his ton as his team fell just short of the target. Ben Johnson (78-0) comfortably overcame lowly Sessay (77-9) with Steve Wragg (3-11) leading the bowlers, Danny Cameron (56no) completing the victory inside nine overs. Richard Marshall (106 & 5-35) dominated proceedings as Clifton Alliance (231-9) beat a spirited Thorpe Willoughby (196) for whom skipper Andy Kirk (58) led from the front in their unsuccessful run chase.
Division 3 leaders Thorpe Willoughby (179-6) fell to their first league defeat as they fell short in reply to visitors Bishopthorpe’s (205-5) imposing total. Runs from Alex Bindloss (68), Colin Markham (37 retired hurt) and Ed Bindloss (27no) were the cornerstone of the Bishopthorpe innings with crucial wickets from Mark Elliot (3-46) helping his side to a surprise win. Burn (37-0) had a comfortable afternoon as their bowlers dismissed a young Pocklington (35) side cheaply, Dan Robinson (3-7) and a career best from Bryn Adamson (6-22) setting up the victory as they eased above Thorpe Willoughby at the top of the table. Bolton Percy (59) slipped to consecutive league defeats losing comprehensively at home to Ovington (62-0) whose Harrison Woodall (3-23) and Luke Smith (3-2) shone with the ball.  Alex Jubb (122) was the star of the show at Stamford Bridge (260-8) in their defeat of a spirited Heslington (161-3) side. Coming in with his side at 15-3, Jubb shared a 150-run partnership with Martyn Stevens (66) scoring his maiden senior cricket century in the process. For Heslington, bowlers Charlie Thorpe (3-26) and Rich Simpson (3-44) emerged with credit, Dave Fairclough (68no) registering his maiden half-century for the club. 

Week 10

Saturday and Sunday 29/30 June 

The return of league action saw tense finishes, a remarkable nine wicket haul and a first league victory for new comers Heslington as Vale league cricketers sweltered in record June temperatures. In division one, Thixendale recorded another convincing victory to keep the pressure on fellow title contenders Clifton Alliance whose final pairing enabled a narrow victory against strugglers Askham Bryan. Miles Flather’s (5-35) five wicket haul set up the Thixendale victory as Ovington (69) were swept aside, the villagers easing to a nine wicket win as Jonty Milburn (27no) and Les Megginson (29no) ensured there were no alarms in reply. Clifton’s run chase was less straightforward in pursuit of the Askham Bryan (172) competitive first innings total. Kevin Smith (39) and Phil Allen (31) provided the backbone of Askham’s total with Joseph Hodge (5-35) cashing in with late order wickets for Clifton. After a solid start to their reply, Jason Gatus picked up the tempo for Clifton before he was brilliantly run out by a direct hit from Smith with wickets then falling steadily; Ian Hall (3-60) picking up three as the game headed to a tight finish. The final over began with Clifton eight down needing three to win. When Smith bowled Hodge the previously injured junior Annie Brown bravely hobbled to the crease with a runner, scoring a single to tie the scores. Neil Smith hit the winning run to give Clifton the narrowest of victories with just two balls to spare. The game also witnessed a remarkable piece of sportsmanship by the Askham players who chose not to run out Brown after she left her crease amid the confusion of the scramble single and the complexities of running with a runner – the spirit of cricket being upheld wonderfully! Kelfield (165-2) maintained their change of league form with a convincing eight-wicket win over Yapham (164-4) whose Mark Fairy (80no) was again among the runs. Andrew Charlton (47no) and a powerful knock by Matthew Walker (84no) took Kelfield to victory inside twenty-five overs, Craig Lawson (4-30) doing the damage with the ball for the victors. Burn (129-4) also raced to victory after dismissing South Cave (124) cheaply, Matthew Smith (6-25) being the pick of the bowlers enduring the heat to bowl his ten overs straight through, half of which were maidens. Extras (30) top scored for South Cave, including seventeen wides! Positive contributions from Leigh Adamson (31) and Will Edwards (48no) saw Burn home inside twenty overs. Tough batting conditions at Melbourne (142-6) had both sides battling for runs with the home side squeezing out a win by four wickets against visitors Stockton & Hopgrove (138-8). Melbourne’s successful run chase was indebted to knocks by Tim Blackmore (42) and Andy Forman (39no), with Stockton & Hopgrove’s Jamie Kerrison (47) and Tom Williams (27) posting scores for the visitors.

The bowling performance of the day (and season so far!) belongs firmly with Thorpe Willoughby’s Danny Crockford (9-3) as his remarkable five over spell blew away Hemingbrough (19), with eight of his victims being clean bowled!  Crockford’s career best figures included a hat trick, with six of his victims registering ducks as the Hemingbrough innings crumbled. Thorpe then completed their ten-wicket win inside six overs to compound a miserable afternoon for the visitors. Runs flowed more freely for Stamford Bridge (211) as they maintained their firm grip at top of division two with a 160-run victory over near neighbours Pocklington (51). Runs were shared between Charlie Wilson (30), Ollie Pimlott (39), Ian Fraser (66), Lewis Wilson (37) and Dan Mosley (32no) before Mosley (4-22) then weighed in with wickets, skipper Des Healey (3-1) accounting for the Pocklington tail. Low scores were the order of the day at Sessay (69) where visitors Dunnington (70-6) secured a four wicket win after 14-year-old spin bowler Harvey Jackson (5-12) picked up his third five haul of the season. A tense finish saw Ben Johnson (106) scrape out a three-run win over Hirst Courtney (103) whose Sam Dunn (3-3 and 42) was again their stand our performer.  Runs from Danny Cameron (43) helped Ben Johnson’s to three figures, with Steve Wragg (4-33) taking the vital wickets (including the dangerous Dunn) as Hirst’s innings capitulated with overs to spare. Wheldrake (125-5) overcame a young Clifton Alliance (124) side whose innings fell short after early runs from the evergreen Alan Barton (45) were countered by four wickets apiece from Hugo Southern (4-31) and Mark Cass (4-40) to set-up a comfortable run chase for Wheldrake whose James Rouse (45) dominated. 

In division three, the contest between two of the sides new to the league saw Heslington (165-8) narrowly defeat Bolton Percy (161-9) to secure their first win and move off bottom spot.  Telling contributions from Phil Northing (26), youngster Lucas Ruane (30) and James Lee (32no) in the Heslington run chase curtailed Bolton Percy’s recent run of victories, whose J Thompson (4-33 and 41no) was unlucky to finish on the losing side. Heslington stalwarts Dale Farrow (3-6) and Andy Tessier (3-28) having earlier shared the bulk of the Bolton Percy dismissals, Farrow taking three of the top four before succumbing to injury. Stamford Bridge (101-3) completed a double over neighbours Pocklington (100-8), securing a seven-wicket turnover with runs from Martyn Stevens (33) seeing them home.

Week 9

Saturday and Sunday 22/23 June

The return of cricketing weather saw HPH Vale League sides contesting semi-final places in three cup competitions. In the HPH Cup, leading sides in division one secured comfortable victories against top division opponents. Thixendale’s (210) batting power proved too strong for Hirst Courtney (67) as they won with amble runs to spare. Positive early batting from Simon Walgate (53) and Jonty Gillingham (42) set the tempo with Les Milburn (36) and Richard Walker (28) adding important runs after a mid-order collapse by the home side, with Rhodes (4-52) the pick of Hirst’s bowling. In reply the visitor’s response fell well short with wickets shared between the Thixendale bowlers backed by another strong fielding performance. Ovington’s decision to bat first after winning the toss on their visit to Clifton Alliance didn’t pay dividends as the home side pegged them back to a gettable 145-9. Strong bowling performances by home bowlers Lewis Clark (4-28) and Joe Hodge (3-29) kept the Ovington innings in check despite a 4th wicket partnership of 85 between juniors Jacob Lamb and Jack Walmesley. After a sedate state, the Clifton response accelerated at the half-way stage to secure a seven-wicket victory with Nial Tilsley (59no) and Lewis Clark (48no) steering them home with overs to spare. Stockton & Hopgrove (79-3) also ran out comfortable winners at Hemingbrough (75) after their opening bowlers - Tom Williams (4-8) and Matt Bradshaw (4-4) – ripped through the normally dependable Hemingbrough batting line-up. Rich Kerrison (29) provided the backbone of the visitors reply to secure their semi-final slot.

In the Scothern Construction Cup, Burn from division 3 turned over division 2 side Clifton Alliance to record the only cup upset of the weekend.  Batting first, Clifton’s (122) innings faultered against the bowling of ever-reliable Dan Robinson (4-42) and Patrick Abbott (3-34). Runs from Sam Edwards (40) and Bob Adamson (39no) then saw the home side home with wickets and overs to spare. Bolton Percy (120) pushed Bishopthorpe (154) all the way in a closely contested game, with veteran Colin Markham (38) hitting seven fours in the Bishopthorpe innings. Junior players were the stand out performers in Bolton Percy’s reply with Max Thomas (43) giving impetus to the innings before wickets from young Josh Edmondson (4-35) enabling Bishopthorpe to wrestle control of the tie.  Ovington (191-7) ran out comfortable winners against Pocklington (124-8) with batting contributions from Tom Mason (40), John Woodhall (43) and Tom Irwin (31) laying the foundations of their win. In reply the Pocklington innings lacked any telling partnerships to challenge the total with Wilson, Monty Greyner and Unwin Waidyarante each picking up two wickets for Ovington. Dunnington (202-5) overpowered a below par Thorpe Willoughby (72) with telling performances from Harvey Jackson (6-26) with the ball and Steve Jackson (93) with the bat for the home side

Division 1 South Cave & Brantingham (240-8) enjoyed their first trip to division 3 side Heslington (162 -8) in the Guy Mitchell Plate Cup where runs flowed freely all afternoon. Adam Lucy (62) and Mark Ash (86) were in command with the bat despite wickets from Heslington’s Richard Simpson (3-42) and James Lister (3-28). Following the loss of early wickets, David Fairclough (33) and skipper Iain Tessier (37) put the home side in contention until a brilliant run out put paid to Tessier and despite Phil Northing (32) chipping in, the underdogs fell short. Yapham (91-2) comfortably overcame Yapham with runs from Mark Fairey (27) and Dan Isenstein (30no) taking them through. Tight bowling from Will Cardy (2-10) from his 10 overs had earlier put a stranglehold on the Yapham innings. Melbourne (125-3) booked the other semi-final slot with a comfortable home win against Stamford Bridge (121-9). Opening bowlers Scott Coupland (3-33) and Andy Forman (2-13) did the early damage to the Stamford innings with Oliver Steels (49no) and Matt Beevers (31no) supplying the runs as Melbourne completed the victory with over ten overs to spare. 


Saturday and Sunday 15/16 June

Rain featured heavily again in the lead-up and course of the weekend fixtures in the HPH Vale League. Tea-time showers brought a premature end to five fixtures with ground conditions putting paid to one fixture on the morning of the game.  The games played to a finish produced significant outcomes for those sides competing for the leading places in their respective divisions. In division one, Thixendale survived a few scares against Askham Bryan to record a fifth league victory and claim top spot after Clifton Alliance fell short in their run chase against South Cave and Brantingham.  Runs flowed as wickets tumbled regularly as Thixendale took first knock, with Askham’s Fasil Ansar (5-25) doing the damage with the ball and Henry Harrison (27) and Jonty Gillingham (41) the main contributors with the bat as Thixendale were bowled out for 173 with overs to spare. At forty without loss after seven overs, Askham looked on course to cause an upset. Opening bowler Henry Harrison then intervened to remove both openers. Tight bowling and sharp fielding then restricted the Askham reply to 123 to secure another Thixendale victory.  A rain reduced game saw Clifton Alliance dominate the early stages, reducing South Cave and Brantingham to 26-5 after winning the all-important toss. Oliver Pierce (44no) then led the fightback and, despite three run outs, Cave recovered to 131-9. Clifton responded in similar fashion slumping to 19-5 before Tom Bews and Lewis Clark led their recovery with a partnership of eighty-nine. A cluster of Clifton wickets then left the final pair needing twenty-two to win when rain interrupted proceedings. Play resumed after a ninety-minute delay as Clifton's last pair made a valiant run chase attempt, before Annie Brown was stumped by Sam Patchett to give Cave a narrow sixteen run win.Rain intervened to curtail the other three fixtures in the division with two fixtures in division two following a similar pattern. 

Stamford Bridge (109-2) consolidated their top spot in division two with a comfortable eight wicket victory over Clifton Alliance (108-9). Veteran Des Healey (3-22) again among the wickets with Charlie Wilson (44) and David Langton (32no) steering his side home to open up a fifty-two-point gap at the top of the table. In the only other completed game, Dunnington entertained Thorpe Willoughby on a wicket still showing the effects of the atrocious weather from the previous week. Dunnington were restricted by accurate bowling from the Thorpe attack, with Dave Watson (4-10) and Steve Jackson (4-7) profiting. Dunnington captain Steve Jackson’s (45) patient knock ended when he became his namesakes first victim. Dunnington struggled to 77-9 before a last wicket partnership of twenty-six lifted the score to an all-out 103. In response Thorpe Willoughby were soon in trouble with both openers dismissed by Jordan Richardson. David Squires and Martin Cooke played patiently before both were dismissed in the same over by 14-year-old Tom Appleton leaving Thorpe struggling at 36-4. Dunnington's young spin attack of Ed Millington (3-26) and Harvey Jackson (3-5) then worked their way through the Thorpe batting line-up who fell well short on 62 all out.

There was no doubt as to the star performer for Bolton Percy (163-4) as they recorded a third victory in their division three encounter with visitors Pocklington (151). Fourteen-year-old Max Thomas (77no and 6-9) recorded both his first senior fifty and five wicket haul for Bolton Percy as they ran out narrow winners in a roller coaster of a game! Pocklington looked to be cruising in their reply at 113-1 in 25 overs, through an eventful 108 third wicket partnership between Lee Dobbins (36) and Michael Longster (48) before Lee lost his off stump to a Louis Thomas delivery. This paved the way for brother Max to dominate proceedings as he claimed six wickets in 5.3 overs to see his side home. Despite rain interruptions, Thorpe Willoughby (108-0) comfortably chased down the under-par Selby (107) score to maintain their position as league leaders. Michael Carse (3-17) and spinner Ed Hutchinson (4-27) with the ball followed by openers Craig Welford (36no) and Lewis Smith (52 no) being the star performers for Thorpe as they completed their win within 18 overs.  In the other completed fixture in the division, Bishopthorpe (145-2) secured an eight wicket win over Stamford Bridge (141-7).


Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June

Rain played a significant part in the weekend’s HPH Vale League fixtures with seven games cancelled without a ball being bowled. The games that did happen saw significant outcomes for the top sides in each division as they strengthened their status as title contenders. 
In Division One, top sides Burn and Clifton Alliance registered home victories with Clifton being pushed hard by a spirited Kelfield side. Burn (82-3) secured a more straightforward seven wicket victory against Stockton & Hopgrove (80) in a reduced overs game after a rain delayed start. Three wickets apiece from Matthew Smith (3-21) and Ashley Abbott (3-10) followed by a valuable forty-one from opener Leigh Adamson being the key performances for Burn as they continued their winning run. Clifton’s 195-6 was built around significant knocks from Jason Gatus (58) and Lewis Clark (75no) with Kelfield falling short by twenty runs in reply. Jamie Wheeler (82no) anchored the Kelfield reply but it was the Clifton youngsters – sixteen-year-old Joseph Hodge (3-52) and fourteen-year-old Annie Brown (2 -12) – who claimed the key wickets and turned the game to help maintain their side’s top of the division status.

Stamford Bridge came out top against Hemingbrough in the Division Two top of the table clash to maintain their unbeaten league record. Batting first the runs were shared between all Stamford Bridge bats as they posted a competitive target of 203. Hemingbrough (107) fell well short in reply, veteran campaigner Des Healey (4-24) leading the way for Stamford backed by excellent performances with the ball from fourteen-year olds Thomas Holmes (3-36) and Fenton Griffiths (2-23) to complete the 96-run victory. Wheldrake enjoyed a welcome victory over Dunnington as the visitors struggled to 118-9 after losing the toss and being asked to bat first. From 74-2 Dunnington collapsed as second change bowler Hugo Southern (5-25), with the strong wind at his back, ripped through their innings.  Mark Hamilton (65no) led the way in the Wheldrake reply, with support from James Rouse (27), to steer his side home.
The top two sides in Division Three came head-to-head with Thorpe Willoughby ending Burn’s unbeaten run in a closely contested derby at Field Lane. Batting first Burn raced to seventy-three without loss before skipper Bob Adamson (52) was bowled by fourteen-year-old debutant spinner Ed Hutchinson (2-36) who went on to remove Vaughan Lindley (31) in his tidy eight over spell. Assisted by two stumpings from keeper Tony Hinch, spinner Bobby Moore (3-40) weighed in with further wickets supported by good fielding from the Thorpe side, including a brilliant direct hit run out by Paul Kirkby to dismiss John Hanshaw. Dave Bramley contributed a battling twenty-nine for Burn who ended on a below par 165-8. The Thorpe reply started brightly and after Paul Kirby was forced to retire hurt, youngster Ed Hutchinson (40) joined opener Pete Wilson (73no) to build a crucial partnership of eighty-nine. After a short rain delay, Thorpe headed into the final stages of their innings needing six an over for victory. Skipper Tony Hinch (24no) then led from the front hitting three consecutive boundaries in the 36th over off the excellent opening bowler Graham Robson to tip the game their way. Thorpe went on to secure a hard-earned victory with just three balls to spare to go top of the table.  Electing to bat first on a wet wicket, Bishopthorpe (67) failed to deliver a competitive target for visitors Bolton Percy (68-0) who romped to a ten-wicket win. The pick of the Percy bowlers was Matt Thomas (4-10) with Bob Taylor’s assured innings (40no) seeing them comfortably home.

Week 6

Saturday and Sunday 1/2 June

The return to league action saw early Division One leaders Clifton Alliance and Thixendale continue their winning ways. Thixendale secured a convincing win at Kelfield with a maiden century from Fred Smythe the backbone of their 218-8 on a track with plenty in it for the bowlers. Kelfield’s reply fell well short at 98-8 as the Thixendale bowlers took full advantage of the conditions, key wickets from Ben Brown (5-37) supported by Tom Brader and Ray Walker who took two apiece to mop up the tail. After slumping to 9-4, Jason Gatus (78) led Clifton Alliance’s batting recovery with support from Matthew Simms taking them to 149-7. Their bowlers then stepped up to mark to dismiss Stockton & Hopgrove for 106, Simms with three wickets and pick of bowlers Paul Moll (4-23) with four victims. Ovington inflicted the first league defeat on South Cave & Brantingham (56) where wickets fell a little too freely all afternoon. Dominic Everard (3-17) and Jack Walmesley (4-14) set the pattern for Ovington who, in reply, lost five of their bats before skipper Jimmy Taylor (18no) saw them home. After losing the toss at Yapham and being asked to bat, an unbeaten seventy-four from Ed Clarke plus significant contributions from Leigh Adamson (51) and Harry Cruise (54) enable Burn to post another two fifty total. Yapham (112-8) fell well short in reply, Matthew Smith weighing in with three wickets. Bottom of the league Askham Bryan (142) fell short again against Melbourne (224-9) despite the all-round efforts of Faz Anzar (64 and 4-23). Melbourne’s match winning total was constructed around solid contributions by Tom Blackmore (62) and Ollie Steels (68).

Division two leaders Stamford Bridge travelled to Dunnington and soon had their hosts in deep trouble at 31-7 through the accurate bowling of Daniel Mosley (4-15), Des Healey (3-30) and Fenton Griffiths (2-6). An eighth wicket partnership of sixty-two by Ewan Davies (36) and Mark Arbon (17) took Dunnington to a below par ninety-three. In reply Stamford Bridge lost wickets at regular intervals before a calming half-century from Josh Moore (55) secured their victory by five wickets. Hemingbrough’s good form continued as they made short work of knocking off Ben Johnson’s ninety-eight, Granville North (2-16), Charlie Brackley (2-48) and Steve Watson (3-22) doing the damage with the ball for Hemingbrough. Brackley (42) then weighed-in with the bat to guide his side home in the 21st over for the loss of one wicket. Wheldrake came out on top in their bottom of the table clash with Thorpe Willoughby, securing a nine-wicket victory with top of the order runs from Mark Hamilton (71no) and Steve Rouse (40) to back-up a strong bowling performance. Pocklington were in command of their fixture against Sessay, running out winners by a hefty one hundred and sixty-two runs. Pocklington bats dominated proceedings with Liam Serginson (41), Alex Smith (35) and young Archie Wilcock (77no) on form. Only Andy Dawson (4-49 and 30) made a significant contribution for Sessay, the Willimans each bagging three wickets for Pocklington as the Sessay reply subsided. Clifton Alliance (83-3) also had a comfortable victory against Hirst Courtney (81) with runs from Fran Banerjee (24no) after 15-year-old Freddie Mills and 13-year-old Jacob Rymer had both taken 2 for 6 to dismiss Hirst cheaply.

Burn recorded their fifth straight league win to secure their place at the top of Division 3 with a ten-wicket turnover of fourth place Selby. Dan Robinson (3-23), Phil McVicker (2-19) and Mark Webster (2-11) did the damage with the ball enabling the Burn openers Adrian Huetson (39no) and Tom Harland (56no) to make quick work of the victory.  A maiden century by Mark Dwyer was the feature of Ovington’s narrow victory over a spirited Bishopthorpe side. Pocklington secured victory against bottom of the league Heslington with second place Thorpe Willoughby convincing winners on their visit to Stamford Bridge. 

HPH Cup First Round  
Played on the weekend of 25/26 May

Hirst Courtney 86-2 (S Dunn 61no) bt Yapham 85 (S Noble 44no, L Mitchell 4-6, S.Dunn 3-26) by 8 wkts 
Sam Dunn dominated proceedings as Hirst made short work of knocking off Yapham’s under par first innings score. After claiming three wickets with the ball, Dunn weighed in with a quick fire 61 not out to take his side through to the next round.

Burn 78-1 (L Adamson 34, S Hunt 36no) bt South Cave & Brantingham 76 (M Ash 42no, H Cruise 3-17, M Smith 4-15) by 9 wkts
Burn lost the toss and South Cave elected to bat first with the Burn bowlers tight picking up early wickets with Matthew Smith leading the way with four wickets. Chasing 76, Burn’s opening pair put on fifty-seven before the first and only wicket fell.  

Ben Johnson 105-5 (N Drew 44, M Mellor 3-22) lost to Clifton Alliance 106-2 (M Fratson 30, A Wray 33) by 8 wkts
On a testing track, Neil drew (44) anchored Ben Johnson’s total of 105. In reply Clifton laboured at the start before eventually winning with 4 overs to spare. For Clifton, Matt Mellor took 3 for 22 Ali Wray scored 33 not out with Mark Fratson adding a valuable 30.

Stockton and Hopgrove 129 (R Kerrison 32, R Miller 3-36, O Steels 3-13) bt Melbourne 117 (A Thomas 31, M Bradshaw 3-21, T William 3-22) by 12 runs
Rich Kerrison got Stockton off to a good start with 32 then contributions from Tom Williams, Athula Rathanayke and Shanaka Fernando saw them post 129. Robin Miller and Oli Steels bagged three wickets apiece for Melbourne. In reply, Melbourne lost two early wickets with Matt Bradshaw getting the dangerous Oli steels followed by a brilliant one-handed catch in the slips from Rob Cockerill to remove Matt Beevers. Melbourne then rallied and at 82-4 looked well in the game. Three wickets for Tom Williams backed by some good catches saw them slump to 99-9 leaving the last pair needing 12 off the last 2 overs. Matt Bradshaw got the final wicket for Stockton to seal the victory.

Thixendale 231-6 (L Milburn 30, F Smyth 61, W Megginson 42, J Gillingham 36, M Cossins 3-31) bt Stamford Bridge 223-7 (C Wilson 93, L Wilson 49, S Fraser 33) by 8 runs  
2nd Division Stamford Bridge ran league one table toppers Thixendale very close with Charlie Wilson 93 and Lewis Wilson 49, sharing a stand of 128, as they failed by 8 runs to chase down the 232 required. Batting first Thixendale made a steady start, wickets in hand enabled F Smyth (61), W Megginson (42) and J Gillingham (36) to cut loose. Pick of the bowling for S. Bridge was M Cossins taking 3-31. 

Sessay bt Kelfield - Kelfield conceded
Hemingbrough bt Askham Bryan - Askham Bryan conceded
Ovington bt Wheldrake - Wheldrake Conceded 

Scothern Construction Cup First Round
Played on the weekend of 25/26 May

Selby 143 (S Dearnley 30, J Burrans 53, T Irwin 5-17, M Dwyer 3-20) lost to Ovington II 144-7 (G Uttley 57, J Woodhall 28, S Bogie 3-15) by 4 wkts
Batting first Selby slumped to 32-7 with Tom Irwin (5-17) and Mark Dwyer (3-20) doing the damage. Stuart Dearnley (30) and Steve Bogie (13) staged a good recovery with an eighth wicket partnership of 51. John Burrans then attacked the bowling to hit a rapid 53 and he added 56 for the ninth wicket with Dearnley to lift the home side to 143 all out. In reply Ovington lost a couple of early wickets but Gabriel Uttley and John Woodall (28) put on 69 for the third wicket. Uttley eventually fell for 57 and three quick wickets for Steve Bogie (3-15) saw the visitors slip to 112-7. In steady rain C.Geelan (14 no) and James Mason (18no) both batted solidly to steer Ovington home in the 32nd over to secure their first victory of the season. 

Pocklington II 195 (J Sumner 70) lost to Bishopthorpe 211-6 ( A Bindloss 111no) by 16 runs
A grey, drizzly afternoon at Burnby Lane saw 9-man Bish edge out a win by 16 runs over Pocklington 2's. Bish were indebted to Angus Bindloss's maiden unbeaten century (111 not out) including his first ever 6 which was soon followed by several others in a fine display of clean hitting. Pocks bowlers toiled away with little success, Pete Eastwood's 10 overs gave away only 23 runs and young Freddie Hara with 1-39 from 10 overs being the pick. 211 was a formidable total but after losing opener Lee Dobbins in the first over to a straight fast yorker from J Burlison, Steve Relf (24) and Alex Smith (29) put on 65 for the second wicket and at 88-3 at drinks the game looked well poised. Pock's middle and lower order failed to give adequate support to Jonny Sumner (70) and at 165 -9 things looked bleak. Veteran Malcolm Harrison (15 not out) gave that support but Sumner could not quite take his side home when he was last man out with the score on 195. Wickets were shared two apiece by Burlison, J. Latimer, D. Latimer and M. Deamer.

Heslington 106 (S Desborough 31, D Robinson 4-22, O Weston 3-14) lost to Burn II 107-5 (M Webster 60no, C Bramley 5-35) by 5 wkts
Burn bowled Heslington out for 106 on a blustery Sunday afternoon, Dan.Robinson doing the damage taking 4 wickets. Captain Simon.Desborough top scored with 31 backed up by John Ayre who made 17. In reply Charlie.Bramley had Burn in trouble at 19-4 but Mark.Webster guided Burn to a 5 wicket victory with 60 not out, Charlie.Bramley getting his five for taking 5-35 with some excellent spin bowling!

Thorpe Willoughby bt Stamford Bridge II - Stamford Bridge Conceded


Saturday and Sunday 18/19 May

Ovington secured their first win of the season with a hard-fought victory against division one title hopefuls Kelfield.
Batting first, Ovington’s runs came via James Harrod (46), LiamHerringshaw (36) and Harry Buckley (42), to post a decent 187-9 from their 40 overs. For Kelfield, Matt Walker took 4-19 in his second spell to bag 5-44, along with two catches. From 46-1 after five overs, the Kelfield innings was pegged back when Mylife Sunuwar - whose first 5 overs had cost 43 - returned and wickets began to fall. From 158-4, Kelfield's last six wickets fell for nineteen in seven dramatic overs with Sunuwar's 4-56 and Raja Thapa's 3-32 sealing anarrow ten run win for the hosts. Clifton Alliance continued their winning run with an eight-wicket turnover of Yapham. Ali Wray (45) and Matt Phillips (52no) were in the runs for Alliance with Mat Mellor bagging 4 wickets.                                                                                                  Stockton & Hopgrove’s winning start to the season was halted by an in-form Thixendale, losing by 32 runs chasing Dale’s first innings 201. Runs from Fred Smyth (38), Nigel French (60no) and Ben Brown (22) were backed by strong bowlingperformances from all the Dale bowlers, with Richard Walker (3-29)and Tom Brader (3-52) the pick of. A well-paced reply by South Cave & Brantingham (224-6) saw the visitors overhaul hosts Askham Bryan (223-7) at Acomb CC. Askham’s innings featured 70 from Phil Allen but the telling innings of the game was Cave’s Anuj Bahl (64no) who anchored his sides successful run chase. A feature of Burn’s (145) seventy-eight run victory over Melbourne (67) was keeper Norman Elliott snaffling five Melbourne victims behind the stumps, Matt Beevers being the only Melbourne bat to reach double figures. 

Division 2 leaders Dunnington (49) were humbled by Ben Johnson whose Kalpesh Maheshwari (7-16) turned the game on its head setting the platform for his sides ten wicket victory. In another low scoring game, Hirst Courtney (97-4) ended Hemingbrough’s (96) winning run with Sam Dunn (5-18 and 48) starring for Hirst. Forty of Dunn’s run coming in boundaries, including two maximums. Runs aplenty was the feature of Sessay’s first victory following their promotion to the higher division. A third wicket unbeaten stand of 232 between Tom Reid (134no) and Andrew Dawson (94no) taking them to a formidable 261.
Wheldrake’s promising start came unstuck with Dawson (4-42) also in the wickets togetherwith a standout 3-15 from 14-year-old George de Boulay in his first game of the season on return from injury. Runs also flowed freely for Pocklington (237-1) in their 100-run victory at home to Clifton Alliance (137). Opener and skipper Liam Serginson (130*) carried his bat for Pock to hit an unbeaten maiden century.        Des Healey rolled back the years with figures of 5 for 14 as Stamford Bridge (103-4) beat an under-par Thorpe Willoughby (100) by six wickets.

Bishopthorpe (156-7) ran out winners in their bottom of the table fixture at home to Heslington (100) in Division 3, Burlison (4-21) bagging wickets for Bish. Burn (90-3) continued their winning ways against Stamford Bridge (86), with Bolton Percy (36) on the losing side again in another low scoring game against Thorpe Willoughby (39-4) whose Lewis Smith (3-7) returned impressive figures. Pocklington (130) fell short in their run chase against Selby (157-7) whose James Dugher hit nine fours in his unbeaten 48. 


Saturday and Sunday 11/12 May


Division 1 

Burn 141 lost to Clifton Alliance 142-9 by 1 wkt 
A nail-biting game saw Burn got off to a bad start losing two of their top four to golden ducks. A Ray Adamson and Scott Hunt partnership steadied the ship before wickets began to fall again with good fielding and bowling from Alliance. Burn’s last pair added valued late runs and the opening bowlers responded well getting the opening batsmen out early. The Clifton bats chipped away at the target but with wickets falling regularly it was left to the final pair to take Clifton over the line. Both sides observed a minutes silence before the game to remember Clifton’s John Myers.

South Cave & Brantingham 142 bt Melbourne 135 by 7 runs 
After the early loss of wicket of Lucy, SC&B looked strong with Ollie Pierce finding the boundary regularly with support from Sam Patchett. The loss of Patchett saw a slight wobble but SC&B recovered with a good 35 from Ben Scorah. In form Beevers snaffled 3 caught behinds, Melbourne captain James Coupland (5-40) returning a five wicket haul. In reply on a drying wicket, Melbourne’s scoring was restricted as SC&B's bowlers took key wickets. Openers Coupland and Blackmore getting 18 and 32, Brian Underwood batting at 8 knotched up a good 23 to take Melbourne within a whisker of a win. However, it was not to be, as they fell 7 runs short with Tony Scotter picking up 5 for 37

Stockton & Hopgrove 70-9 bt Ovington 69 by 1 wicket 
On damp wicket Stockton bowled tightly restricting Ovington to 30-2 after 15 over. A rain delay then made batting conditions more of a challenge with the introduction of Athula Rathanayke 4-11 and Tom Williams 3-11 seeing an Ovington collapse to be all out for 69. Stockton got off to a bad start losing Rich Kerrison for 1 then Jamie Kerrison 16 and Shanaka Fernando 20 seemed to be easing them home at 50 -2. The introduction of 14 year old Monty Greynor who took 5-8 off 5 overs saw them collapse to 63-9 still 7 short of the target. A boundary from last man Dean Tyler brought the scores level leaving Rich Grimes to hit the winning run.

Yapham 101 lost to Thixendale 185 by 84 runs 
Despite a break for an hour and a half in the middle of the afternoon following a heavy shower, Thixendale completed a convincing victory at Yapham. After winning the toss Thixendale posted 185, thanks largely to scores of 41 and 38 by S Wolgate and F Smyth in the middle order. Yapham's highlight in the field was an outstanding catch by Robin McCoy, an under-13 player making his senior debut. Only two Yapham batsmen reached double figures in their reply, Mark Fairey and Eddie Hutchinson both making it into the 30s. R Walker's 4 wickets for only 12 runs off 7 overs took care of Yapham's middle order to secure the victory for the visitors.

Kelfield 45-3 bt Askham Bryan 44 by 7 wkts 
Askham played with two short being bowled out for 44 despite batting 32 overs, D Stephenson taking three wickets for Kelfield who completed their victory inside eleven overs.  

Division 2 

Hemingbrough 106 bt Pocklington 91 by 15 runs
Hemingbrough and Pocklington played out another nail biter at Hemingbrough.  Brough - having lost the toss and put into bat - made a solid start openers Johnny Cockerill (23) and Steve Watson (33) getting to 48 for the first wicket. There then followed a 51 partnership between Watson with a clean striking Charlie Brackley adding 39.  At 99-1 Brough looked set for a big total when Pock turned to spin duo Sumner and Ashby and with the fall of Brackley set an unexpected collapse, Brough losing their last 9 wickets for only 7 runs. Buoyed by the turnaround, the Pock fielders took their chances resulting in outrageous bowling figures for J Sumner (4-11 off 5 overs) and A Ashby (5-4 off 5 overs). Although defending a low score, the Brough bowlers made batting hard with opener Johnny Cockerill claiming both openers and conceding just 15 from his 12 overs.  Pock captain L Serginson (31) looked set to lead his side to victory before falling to Cockerill and the wickets kept coming due to first change duo Granville North (4-25) and Charlie Brackley (3-20).  Pock kept edging closer to victory thanks mainly to a sensible innings from H Sumner (15no) but with superb fielding (including 2 sharp slip catches by Macauley Pearse), it came down to Pock needing fifteen from the last three overs. Brough fielder Jamie Brace then made a sharp stop at square leg followed by a direct hit to run out Pocks last man to complete the drama.

Thorpe Willoughby 116-9 bt Ben Johnson 76 by 40 runs 
With 4 pairs of dads and lads, Thorpe Willoughby 1st XI finally got their 2019 campaign up and running with a 40-run victory at home to Ben Johnson CC. The win was baselined by a solid top score of 41 from youngster Alex Kirk including some superb lovely front foot drives, supported by a sparkling 22no from Martin Cooke in a 30 over innings reduced match. Dan Snowden returned 3-33 and Neil Drew 3-11 as the field laners were restricted to a par score, partly due to some great fielding from James Morrison for the visitors. Johnson' reply, despite 6 dropped catches and poor fielding by Thorpe, was restricted to 76 all out. Only Kalpesh getting going with a top score of 24 before being trapped LBW by a pacey delivery from Jordan Leybourn who returned 1-12 from 8 overs including 4 maidens. Danny Crockford (3-33 from 7 overs) supported by 2 tidy run outs help Thorpe ease home to win by 40 runs. Thorpe are still missing many first team players who remain unavailable but hope to build on this victory away to Stamford Bridge next week.

Wheldrake 46 lost Stamford Bridge 202-4 by 156 runs 
The highlights of an excellent win for Stamford Bridge against Wheldrake were a maiden 100 not out for 17 year old Taylor Stanton and 57 from keeper Charlie Wilson. The bowlers backed this up, with 14 year old Peter Macfarlane (4 for 15) the  evergreen Des Healey (4 for 6) doing the damage as Wheldrake fell weel short of the target. 

Clifton Alliance II 211-7 bt Sessay 184-9 by 27 runs
A brillaint knock by Raj Banerjee (98) saw him fall 2 short of his century when attempting to go over the top once too often. Supported by Mark Taylor (47), who was run out going for a second with great throw from the boundary from Tom Reid, saw Clifton post a good target. Sessay stuck at the bowling task, with wickets from Andrew Dawson with four and Cameron Luck with two. In reply Sessay got off to a solid start before losing opener Alan Robson lbw. Tom Reid kept the score board ticking to get to 35 before miss timing one back to the bowler. Andrew Dawson (38) and Bruce Jackson (20) kept the fight alive but once both had departed the Sessay scoring slowed with Clifton running out winners by 27, Alex Sykes and Tommy Kindred the pick of their bowlers. 

Dunnington 58-4 bt Hirst Courtney 57 by 6 wkts
Dunnington welcomed Hirst Courtney to Common Road for their Division 2 fixture looking to continue their fine start to the season. Dunnington won the toss and inserted Hirst who were soon struggling against some tight bowling from the young Dunnington attack. Jordan Richardson made regular inroads in an excellent spell of 4-12 in his 7 overs with only S. Dunn (17) and M. Rhodes (10) making it to double figures. Wickets continued to fall with spin bowlers Ed Millington (2-4) and Harvey Jackson (2-3) getting in on the act as Hirst were all out for 57 in 28 overs. A much changed Dunnington batting line up struggled against accurate bowling from S. Dunn (2-6 from 5 overs) and they were 31-4 when Sam Spence was out for 17. This brought big hitting Harry Paver to the crease and he continued his excellent form striking 26 from just 6 balls to see Dunnington over the line after just 10 overs of their innings.

Division 3 

Ovington II 120 lost to Thorpe Willoughby II 121-1 by 9 wkts
Thorpe Willoughby II won the toss and put Ovington II into bat. For a second week running both Ovington opening bats fell cheaply and with 8 overs played they found themselves 24-2. In came Jacob Lamb (22) and J.Warn (10) but Warn fell briefly before12 year old Noah Morgan(9) came in to steady the ship with some great technical batting. Brief innings from C.Geelan(4) and R.Rai(4) got a few more runs on the board but both fell quickly. Ovington debutante Jack Wilson (15) joined Tom Irwin (17) at the crease who increased the runs whilst being dropped multiple times. Ovington’s last man Luke Smith hit 3 not out before Tom Irwin swung hard at a ball and was excellently caught by Loggy Stones. After Tea Ovington knew they had an uphill battle but Jack Wilson (0-13 from 6) bowled tightly, well supported by Tom Irwin (0-27). Ovington turned to the spin in the 13th over and the introduction of Jacob Lamb (1-32) got the wicket of P.Kirby . Thorpe finished the game off with 15 overs to spare, P.Wilson 47no supported by A.Moore with a quick fire 37no.

Bolton Percy 65 lost to Burn II 69-2 by 8 wkts
A youthful Bolton Percy side batted first and were in trouble early on as Burn opening bowler Bryn Adamson soon reduced them to 7-3 after 7 overs. As regular wickets fell all-rounder M.Thomas and skipper J.Hodge stood firm with a solid partnership to steer Bolton Percy to 59 -7 until both fell in quick succession. Pick of the bowlers were B.Adamson 3-12 and D.Robinson 3-5 both off 8 overs. In reply Bolton Percy were unlucky not to take more wickets with good fiery spells from J.Wilson (1-17) and M.Thomas (1-13). Opener A.Huetson saw Burn home in the 21st over with 25 not out with back up from T.Harland (10) and J.Smithies (7no).

Stamford Bridge II 179-6 bt Selby 125-5 by 54 runs
Stamford Bridge won the vital toss and batted first on a good track. Selby bowled well early on and kept things tight but Liam Easton gradually increased the run rate. Pete McFarlane (27) gave Easton good support. Veteran Mike Thorpe took 2-53 from his 11 overs but some late big hitting from Easton (83no) lifted the home side to 179-6 at the close. The Selby reply revolved around opener Oliver Steward who batted solidly against some accurate bowling. There was good support for Steward from Nathan Dye (13) and Sam Mason (24) as Selby were restricted to 125-5 with Steward unbeaten on 58.

Pocklington II bt Bishopthorpe - Bishopthorpe unable to raise a team 


Saturday and Sunday 4/5 May 
Division 1 

South Cave & Brantingham v Kelfield - No play due to unfit ground                                                                                                                                                                      

Melbourne 112-6 bt Clifton Alliance 108 by 4 wkts 
In dismal conditions Melbourne missed early chances to make strong inroads into the Clifton innings with 2 dropped catches in the second over and it was not until the 12th over in the game that the opening pair were parted when Wray was bowled by James Coupland who went on to take regular wickets over the next 8 overs finishing on 4-14. Youngster Harry Collins took 3 impressive catches and went on to take the final wicket of the Clifton innings. In reply Melbourne openers James Coupland and Tim Blackmore looked good but the 16th over saw both them and Andy Forman back in the pavilion thanks to catches off the bowling of L. Clark. Clark took 2 more wickets via catches and Melbourne were on a concerning 62-6. However a partnership of 50 between Oliver Steels 28 no and Brian Underwood 21no saw Melbourne home.

Ovington 176-6 lost to Yapham 177-2 by 8 wkts
Not so long ago, the idea of the Knavesmire yielding more than 350 runs on the second game of the season, for the loss of only 8 wickets, would have seemed ridiculous. However, the remarkable groundwork of Alan Fletcher and his team means that not only did this happen between Ovington and Yapham, but plenty of runs were missed out on too. Ovington batted first with their innings built almost single-handedly by James Eckersley, who carried his bat with a brilliant 101 no. Only James Harrod (15) and Montmorency Grenyer (19) offered Eckersley much support, with 24 extras taking the home side to maximum batting points. S. Vale bowled particularly well to claim 3-24. Chasing 177 to win, Yapham began cautiously under some very tight bowling from the Ovington openers. Nepalese Ghurka, Raja Thapa, and 14 year-old starlet Grenyer had never played Vale League Division 1 before, and the strong wind made Grenyer's task particularly challenging, but they gave nothing away. However, no wickets fell, and Mark Fairey and Craig Readhead slowly began to turn the screw. Leg-spinner Jacob Lamb (2-29) finally bowled Readhead, but Fairey (79no) ensured Yapham reached their target with 8 balls to spare.

Stockton & Hopgrove 262-9 bt Askham Bryan 127 by 135 runs
Ten man Askham put Stockton in on a cold windy day. They got off to a good start which was maintained throughout the innings. Steve Fraser (53) Rod Cockerill (41) laid the foundations with a Jamie Kerrison quick fire and number 9 Shanaka Fernando chipping in to help post a big total. Askham set about the total in positive mode but lost wickets at regular intervals, only P Allen who carried his bat with 72, sticking around.

Thixendale 143-3 bt Burn 135-5 by 7 wkts
With rain delaying the start off the game, both captains decided to shorten the game to 25 overs each innings, with Burn losing the toss and been put in to bat. Their innings got off to a good start, with the wicket wet and slow Burns batsmen found it hard to get a good partnership going. Thixendale’s opening pair got off to a good start with the opening bat Robinson scoring a valuable 63. A succession of wickets kept Burn in the game but Thixendale finally got over the line with 7 balls to spare. 

Division 2 

Ben Johnson 131-7  bt Wheldrake 75 by 56 runs
Batting was difficult for Ben Johnson who were grateful for a partnership of 62 between P Anderson 31 and N Drew 41 to post 131 for 7 off their 36 overs. In reply Wheldrake were rocked with a double wicket maiden in the first over for Darren Snowden on his way to 4 for 14 off 9 overs. Wheldrake never really recovered and young Zac Blower blew away the middle order to return figures of 4 for 10.

Pocklington 167-8 lost to Dunnington 220-7 by 53 runs
Dunnington's young side made the short journey down the A1079 and came away with 30 points from Pocklington. Asked to bat first on a bitterly cold, showery day Dunnington were once again given a fast start by Harry Paver who struck 47 from 20 balls. Skipper Steve Jackson was more circumspect as wickets started to fall to the excellent bowling of P. Powell who took 3-38 from 12 overs. Jackson fell for a well made 50 but the highlight of the innings was a sparkling 98 from Max Wilson who fell agonisingly short of a maiden century as Dunnington's innings closed on a challenging 220-7. In reply Pocklington lost both openers with just 16 on the board and despite contributions from D. Croft (25), P. Powell (30) and R. Jay (34) no-one was able to play a telling innings to challenge Dunnington's total and the innings closed on 167-9 with Jordan Richardson, Ashton Rhodes, Harvey Jackson and Ed Millington all taking two wickets apiece. 

Sessay 107 lost to Stamford Bridge 217-9 by 110 runs
On a wind swept day Sessay come up short against a very good Stamford Bridge 3rd XI. Standout performance with bat and ball from Dan Mosley who scored a quick fire 53 from 36 balls including five 4s and three 6s bringing Stamford Bridge back in to the game when at 137 for 7. The Stamford innings included a great knock from the evergreen Ian Fraser with 45. The returning Ian Watkinson worked hard for his 4 for 48 from 12 with a standout performance form 14 year old Niamh Hall taking 4 for 36 from 9 overs showing great potential. In reply Sessay lost a steady flow of wickets with Dan Mosley again stealing the show with 3 for 18 from 8, supported from all Stamford bowlers who chipped in with wickets. Special mention to Sessay and Yorkshire's 16 year old Ophelia Watson top scoring with 37 supported by 15 year old Cameron Luck with 28 but all in vein as Sessay come up short against a very good Stamford Bridge side.

Hirst Courtney 58-2 bt Thorpe Willoughby 57 by 8 wkts

Clifton Alliance II 115-8 lost to Hemingbrough 182-8 by 67 runs 
A young Clifton side opted to bowl first against Hemingbrough at New Earswick but struggled for consistency allowing Brough to set off at a decent pace from the start. The two Clifton openers took a wicket a piece to peg Brough back at 27-2 but No.4 Charlie Brackley (43) played fluently to keep the innings flowing. Brough kept the innings going with a 6th wicket partnership of 59 between George Wilson (24) and Granville North who would see the innings to the end unbeaten on 48. All through the innings Clifton’s bowlers struggled for consistent line and length giving Brough 37 in extras closing on an imposing 182-8. Opening bowlers F Mills 2-21 and A Brown 3-35 being the pick of the bowlers. Brough started the second innings with some tight bowling restricting the Clifton batsmen, Johnny Cockerill's opening spell included 6 maidens from 7 overs. Clifton’s bats struggled to get the ball away with sharp fielding and regular wickets falling as Granville North (4-28) claimed most of the middle order. Opener O Brookes-Humphrey (31) showed some steel playing very patiently and Maturely as wickets fell around him. No.8 K Brookes-Humphrey (22no) showed some sensible clean striking at end of the innings but Clifton finished a long way short. 14 year old Annie Brown 3 wickets for Clifton, 14 year old Ollie Brookes Humphrey scored 31 and elder brother Kier 22 not out.

Division 3 
Thorpe Willoughby II 63-5 bt Heslington 59 by 5 wkts
Opening bowlers Leybourne & Carse bowled very well in the windy conditions but it was the twirlers Moore & Huggins who picked up the wickets with 3 apiece restricting Heslington to 59 in 31.2 overs. Thorpe set about chasing the target but lost wickets quickly and it was the steadying influence of Andy Moore who took the game away from Heslington. Huggins & Hinsley saw the game to an end but with no real batting left it was a nervous time for Thorpe getting the last 16 runs required.

Burn II 103 bt Ovington II 91 by 12 runs
On a cold and blustery afternoon Ovington won the toss and put Burn in to bat. V.Lindley and T.Harland got Burn off to a steady start before V.Lindley(8) fell to T.Irwin. Burn struggled to get to grips with some variable bounce and R.Ranjan claimed the wickets of T.Harland(13), M.Webster(9) and P.McVicker on his way to 5-23. With Burn 44-5 D.Bramley(13) and G.Stoker(13) pushed on before both fell in quick succession to J.Mason (2-21) and skipper L.Smith to make it 77-8. L.Webster(16no) and J.Hanshaw(10) took Burn past the 100 before R.Ranjan took the last wicket to complete his five for with Burn finishing on an under par 103. In reply opening bowlers L.Webster(4-30) and D.Robinson(2-17) soon put Ovington in trouble at 13-3 as K.Baqai(5), G.Walton and F.Hoque(5) fell early. R.Rai(9),youngster N.Morgan(21) and T.Irwin batted well before Rai was bowled by P.McVicker(3-19),Morgan run out by a direct hit from T.Harland and Irwin holed out in the deep leaving Ovington 68-6. In a tense finish and the game in the balance P.McVicker removed J.Mason(5). At 75-7 L.Webster removed S.Pragnell and R.Ranjan leaving Ovington needing 21 to win with one wicket remaining. C.Geelon eventually fell for 8 to D.Robinson meaning Burn won a close and very enjoyable game played in good spirits by both teams by 12 runs.

Selby v Bishopthorpe - No play due to unfit ground

Stamford Bridge II 235-4 bt Bolton Percy 131-9 by 104 runs
A rapid 126 from Stamford Bridge's Tom Lawson put the match result beyond doubt early in the first innings.

Week 1

Saturday and Sunday 27/28 April 

THE weather played an unwelcome role in the opening weekend of the 2019 HPH Vale League Season with seven fixtures washed out.The two completed fixtures in Division 1 saw convincing home victories for Clifton Alliance and Burn. After the loss of early wickets, Thixendale’s innings at Clifton never gathered momentum with Alliance bowler Lewis Clark claiming 6 wickets for an economical 31 runs off his 12 overs. Despite Will Megginson (23), Jules Lawrence (16) and Edward Simpson (18) making starts, no Thixendale player was able to push on to make a telling contribution, the innings closing on 112-9. Clifton continued their dominance of the game in the second innings with an opening partnership of 85 form Gatus and Williams taking them to the brink of victory. Despite two late wickets from Thixendale’s Adrian Brader, Clifton completed their victory with over 20 overs to spare with Williams unbeaten on 45.                                    Burn posted an equally convincing victory at home to Ovington, winning by 71 runs after posting a challenging 251 for the loss of just three wickets. A big-hitting third wicket partnership between Ed Clark (113no) and Harry Cruise (61no) dominated the Burns innings enabling the skipper to declare after 35 overs. Dom Everard was the pick of the Ovington bowlers, with an excellent 2-41 off his 10 overs, whilst the visiting fielders stuck manfully to their task of chasing a bar of soap in cold, blustery, soggy weather. In reply, Ovington never looked likely to chase down the target, but James Eckersley (26), James Harrod (36), Jimmy Taylor (32) and Charlie Buckley (25) all contributed well. Buckley hit his first-ever six with a confident slap over point, the visitors taking the game to the final over being bowled out for 180, with Robson claiming four wickets for Burn. 

71 runs was also the winning margin for Hemingbrough as they overcame a young Sessay side in their opening Division 2 fixture.  The players observed a minute’s silence before the game in memory of Hemingbrough veteran Alwyn Smales. After winning the toss and bowling first, Sessay took instant reward with a wicket in their first over before Hemingbrough opener Steve Watson steadied the ship with a patient 51. This included two 40 partnerships with Granville North (23) and George Wilson (22). The young Sessay bowlers toiled away in blustery conditions with A Reid and C Luck both taking 2-41. A strong Hemingbrough batting performance (where only twp players did not reach double figures) took them to a competitive 172-7. In reply Sessay’s batsmen were restricted by some tight Hemingbrough bowling, the home side using six bowlers who all bowled well as a unit, keeping the visitors behind the run rate.  Patient knocks from opener Alan Robson (23) and Brian Jackson (22) held the innings together for Sessay who were eventually bowled out for 101 within 37 overs. For Hemingbrough, the evergreen Granville North (4-20) and 63 year-old Dave Cockerill (2-18), were the pick of the bowlers.         In the other Division 2 fixture, Dunnington fielded nine Under 18s as they welcomed Clifton Alliance II to Common Road. Taking first innings, Dunnington were given a tremendous start as Harry Paver struck 49 from just 16 balls. Supported by James Crichton (39 from 28) Dunnington had 82 on the board before losing Paver in just the seventh over. Captain Steve Jackson then struck a 36 ball half century to maintain the momentum as Dunnington reached drinks with 153 on the board. Jackson fell soon after for 67 and the scoring slowed as Clifton's young attack regained some control with Kier Brooks-Humphrey returning 2-34 and Alex Sykes 2-37. Mark Arbon kept things ticking over for Dunnington with 43 as the home side posted an imposing 245-5. In reply, Clifton got off to a good start with an opening partnership of 45 between Alan Barton (19) and Mick Wood (39) before a mix-up resulted in Barton being run out. Ranadeep Banerjee (56) and Glynn Brooks-Humphrey (34) then gave the innings impetus taking the score to 161-2 in the 30th over, with a close finish looking likely. However, Ewan Davies then had Brooks-Humphrey well caught on the boundary and Banarjee was bowled by Harvey Jackson to turn the tables. The spin bowling of Under 14 Jackson (5-21 from 8 overs) and Under 15 Davies (3-33 from 7.3 overs) then ran through the Clifton batting card as the innings subsided to 182 all out in the final over.  

Eight-man Hirst gave Wheldrake a scare before they creeped over the line by two wickets after a collapse. Disciplined batting at the top of the Hirst order gave them a decent platform led by B Copeland (66) and at 94-1 after 27 overs looked like they would set a very competitive score. However, some tight bowling restricted Hirst to 148 with Max Hunter the pick of the Wheldrake bowlers taking 2-34 from his 12. Wheldrake looked comfortable in reply reaching 80-1 at drinks with plenty of gaps to exploit. When Simon Rouse (21) fell it sparked a collapse as no other batsmen reached double figures with Sam Dunn (4-43) running through the lower middle order to set up a nervy finish. However with heads going around him Anthony Carter (66no) saw Wheldrake home.

On a wet, cold and windy opening day of the 2019 campaign Pocklington visit to Field Lane saw them canter to a comfortable victory by seven wickets at a below strength and under par Thorpe Willoughby CC. With six 1st XI players missing, a number of 2nd XI call ups augmented the villagers who on losing the toss were asked to bat on a green strip. Finishing on a lowly 113-9 interrupted by 4 rain delays and an early tea, Tony Hinch top scored with a patient 38, backed up by an unorthodox 23 from Dan Gawthorpe including a couple of reverse sweeps. Even so Thorpe were aided by generous fielding with at least five catches put down whilst the wickets were spread across the visitors with the Sumner's taking two each and two from Ben Powell. In reply Skipper Andy Kirk unusually opted to bowl out his opening pair with 12 overs each from Danny Crockford and Andy Jackson which saw them take a wicket apiece. Mel Croft fell short of his half century skying on 48 to captain Kirk who took two smart catches which ultimately were in vain as after another short rain delay, the visitors cantered home on 116-3 with 7 wickets and 10 overs to spare. 

In Division 3, new teams to the league Heslington and Bolton Percy hosted their first Vale League games with mixed fortunes. Bolton Percy overcame Selby in a tense lower scoring affair in which extras top scored for both sides with 35 apiece! Batting first Selby posted an under par 94-9, with only three Selby players reaching double figures. Jonathon Green was the pick of the Bolton Percy bowlers with four wickets. The Bolton Percy batting fared little better with Selby’s Zac Buttle taking three top order wickets before Alex Hornstat (3-5) chipped in to maintain the drama. Bolton Percy eventually got over the line to win by two wickets.   

Burn II emulated their first team by posting 250 plus batting first against Heslington at the Outgang. Vaughan Lindley weighed in with an unbeaten ton (105) to take his side to 254-4 with Heslington’s U15 spinner Ben Desborough claiming three Burn wickets. The standout performance was saved for the late evening sunshine when Burn’s opening bowler Dan Robinson claimed 9 wickets of the Heslington reply as Burn ran out comfortable winners by 156 runs. 

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