Cottingham, Bridlington & Easingwold clinch promotion
Posted on 6th September 2021 at 11:33
Division One East & West review
Cottingham and Bridlington have both clinched promotion from Hunters York & District Senior League Division One East but the divisional title will go down to the final day of the season. At the foot of the table either Londesborough Park or Hull Zingari will join Hornsea in the automatic relegation places, with the other side going into a play-off to avoid the drop.
Cottingham will take a 13-point advantage into the last round of matches after they beat Woodhouse Grange by eight wickets having bowled out the visitors for only 97. Philip Stothard top scored for them with 44 but was one of only two players to reach double figures as Dominic Rhodes took 5-36, his fifth haul of five or more wickets this season. Openers Adam Siddall (37) and Danny Moss got the hosts well on the way to their victory target Moss finishing unbeaten on 29.
Bridlington were equally emphatic winners at Londesborough Park where the hosts were dismissed for just 51 in reply to the visitors 214-8. Sam Wragg (20) and Casey Rudd (37) put on an opening stand of 75 the score at which three wickets fell but Russell Robinson (32) and John Major (56) got the innings back on track. None of the hosts batters reached double figures as Thomas Hudson took 5-14, Ben Traves 3-35 and Casey Rudd 2-2.
Harry Burnhill (61no) and Jon Vodden (44no) shared a match-winning stand of 87 as Driffield Town won at Hornsea by eight wickets, a result which guarantees Driffield will finish the season in third place. The hosts had earlier been bowled out for 125 with James Barron finishing with taking 6-20 from 8.2 overs.
Grant Van Es took 6-30 as Patrington bowled out Scarborough for 134, the visitors going on to win by five wickets thanks largely to a partnership of 67 for the fifth wicket between Ian Buss (34) and skipper Ashley McKinley (53no) who finished with an unbeaten half-century.
Sutton-on-Hull secured their division one status with a three wicket win at Hull Zingari the visitors chasing down a target of 205. Chris Matthews (38no) and Sam Graham (22) shared an unbroken stand of 66 to get them over the line, Ryan Peck having earlier contributed a valuable 39. Graham also played a key role with the ball taking 4-54 including the wickets of Daniel Mould (35) and Fergus Wilkinson (35), whilst Rob Gaynor (3-55) picked up the key wicket of Jahangir Alam who made 52.
Robert Fish (91no) and Brad Dobson (43no) steered Beverley Town to victory at home to Pocklington with a match clinching partnership of 165, as the hosts chased down a target of 180 to win by nine wickets. Matthew Saint (5-41) and Edward Chappell (4-52) had earlier shared nine wickets as the visitors were bowled out. Their total was boosted late on by Phil Smith who made 47 from 43 balls bating at number eight, 41 of which came in a tenth wicket stand with teenager Freddie Hara.
Easingwold are champions and Carlton Towers need a single point next weekend to be assured of being promoted alongside them after a decisive weekend of action in Division One West of the Hunters York & District Senior Cricket League, whilst at the opposite end of the table Osbaldwick and Thorp Arch & Boston Spa face relegation whilst one of five sides could still end up in the play-off for the final place decided by a match against a side from the Division One East.
The champions clinched the title in emphatic style bowling out former promotion rivals Harrogate by eight wickets. Zak Wilson took 4-26 and both Jack Redshaw (2-13) and Stephen Piercy (2-1) picked up two wickets as the home side collapsed skipper Will Topham (24) wone of only two batters to reach double figures. Piercy (20) and Tom Wilson (27) shared an opening stand of 52 to set up a tenth win for the visitors.
A magnificent unbeaten century from Tom Collins (142no) secured a crucial victory for Carlton Towers at home to former promotion rivals Knaresborough, he shared an opening stand of 84 with Henry Bayston (43) and 174 in an unbroken partnership alongside Mark Holmes (83no) as the side reached an imposing total of 304-3. The hosts were never in with a chance of victory as they lost wickets at regular intervals, Joe Raynor took 5-31 and Mark Spetch 3-22 the latter’s haul including Toby Giddings who top scored with 35 as they were bowled out for 111.
Chris Klays (50) and Kalpesh Maheshwari (52) both made half-centuries and Guy Wilkinson scored 35 as Heworth were bowled out for 211 at home to Sessay, Chris Morrison taking 4-74 and Ferdinand Rex 3-63. The visitors finished on 163-9 in reply Tom Wilkinson finishing unbeaten on 60 to deny the hosts victory, despite five wickets from namesake Guy (5-33) and three wickets from Klays (3-31).
Clifton Alliance still face a final day battle to avoid the relegation play-off but secured a vital win to boost their chances beating Osbaldwick by three wickets condemning their opponents to next season in the third tier. Jamie Butt finished 49 not out as the visitors reached their target of 163 with just three overs to spare. Connor Kearney had earlier made a patient 30 for the home side in an innings lasting 100 balls which held things together before the lower order were able to add to the total but ultimately in a losing cause, all five visiting bowlers with at least one wicket. It was a similar story in the visitors’ innings but Oliver Sherwood’s 33 and 28 from skipper David Taylor would prove decisive.
Thorp Arch & Boston Spa ended a four-match losing run with a nine-wicket win at home to Dringhouses. Oliver Riley took 6-27 and Simon Marriott 3-5 as the visitors were bowled out for 90 their skipper Tom Owen the top scorer with 26. The hosts reached their target in the 26th over Dale and George Gibson both finishing unbeaten on 35 sharing a partnership of 84.
It was a similar story at Bolton Percy where Tom Atkinson (6-20) and Danny White (3-15) combined to great effect to bowl out Thirsk for 62, 24 of those coming as extras with no batter making double figures. In fact Ryan Partington with 26 was the only one on either side to do so as the hosts lost four wickets in reaching the target.
Report by Kevin Hutchinson
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