York Vale Cricket League batting records fall

RECORDS fell and table-top competition intensified in the Vale Cricket League as teams continued their quest for silverware, writes Graham Purdy.

Premier League leaders and defending champions Clifton Alliance recorded just their second loss of the season as they failed in pursuit of fourth-placed Yapham’s 201-9.

Robert Boddy (61) played for Yapham before Rob McCoy (3-18) led the way by limiting Clifton Alliance to 156-7.

Kelfield, second (307-0), broke all league records when forerunners Gary Moore (160 not eliminated) and Craig Lawson (131 not) shared a three-cent partnership against Stamford Bridge (131).

Chris Walker (4-43) helped round out the home performance with Stewart Fraser (49) offering some resistance to the visitors.

Stockton & Hopgrove’s (231-4) batting roster, third, proved too strong for visitors Ovington (147-7) as Rob Cockerill (109) hit a century in rapid fire with just 90 bullets .

Dunnington’s poor form (59) saw them slide into the last three with a loss to Melbourne (184-5), the latter’s Oliver Steels (80) and Matt Beevers (5-5) achieving remarkable performances.

Thixendale (149-2) inflicted another defeat on South Cave & Brantingham (147-6), who remain at the bottom of the table.

Harshal Deshmukh (57th) played in the heats at home, but Jonty Gillingham (69th) and Tom Hitchenor (45) got the points for ‘Dale with overs to spare.

In Sunday’s game, the Clifton Alliance (111-7) returned to winning ways with a narrow victory over an out of form Dunnington (110), securing the result in the final of an exciting encounter.

Division two table tops Hirst Courtney (80) tripped over Thorpe Willoughby (81-8) as bowlers Jordan Leybourn (3-13) and Danny Crockford (3-23) were in charge.

Ben Johnson (163-2) completed another successful chase against Hemingbrough (162-9) with Simon Wragg (61) and Dave Wells (54no) in the race for the winners.

Alistair Simpson (5-5) and Drew Patel (3-3) gave Heworth (32-0) a crushing victory at Ovington (31) who remains at the bottom of the table and awaits his first victory of the season.

Pocklington (77-1) enjoyed his trip to Clifton Alliance (76), Finlay Waldron (3-17) being the bowler’s choice for the first.

Meanwhile, in division three, Bolton Percy III (123) returned to first place with a victory at Stamford Bridge (50).

Thorpe Willoughby (134-8) maintained his good form with a narrow victory over rivals Heworth (119).

Selby (175) continued his fine form with a victory at Heslington (139-9).

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