Outstanding all round from Linsley
Posted on 10th July 2021 at 23:07
Premier Division Review
Malton & Malton closed the margin on their promotion rivals in the Hunters York & District Senior League Premier Division with an eight wicket win at Studley Royal where Michael Linsley (7-36) produced an outstanding all-round performance, becoming only the third bowler this season to claim seven wickets in an innings and then followed it up with a third consecutive half-century. Jonny Harding top scored for the home side with 47 out of a total of 145, which was quickly put into perspective by the visitors opening stand of 109 with Linsley alongside Shaun Harland (41) and that set the tone with the target been reached inside 28 overs
The game between the division’s top two, Sessay and Folkton & Flixton, lasted less than 25 overs with play abandoned with the hosts Sessay on 95-5, Connor Stephenson (4-26) having taken the first four wickets to fall although Tim Hall remained unbeaten on 24, and with Beverley Town’s game against York cancelled due to covid the top of the table remains largely unchanged.
At the opposite end of the table, it was a good day for the bottom three. Guy Richardson (104) scored a century for Goole Town as they beat an in-form Whitkirk by 54 runs. He came in with the side on 12-3 and shepherded them towards a final total of 182 all out, which included a partnership of 83 with next highest scorer Louis Sugden (21), the only other batter to reach double figures. Both were dismissed by Richard Malthouse who finished with figures of 4-29. Skipper Simon Webb top scored for the visitors who slumped from 88-2 to 128 all out, Kevin Murphy with 4-28 and a brace for both Sugden (2-22) and Ben Lamb (2-25).
Despite that result Goole remain bottom as Hull Zingari recorded their first win of the season beating visitors Pickering by an almost identical margin of 56 runs. Most of the home sides winning total of 188 came from just two batters Jack Storey scored 81 and Laurence Wilkinson made 50, the pair sharing a stand of 89 for the second wicket before George Baldwin (5-26) brought the visitors back in to the contest with five wickets. Only Baldwin (26) and Shaun Smith (27) reached 20 for the visitors and both were dismissed by Gavin Wilkinson (3-26), and a tight bowling performance was rounded off by Jason Hellwig (3-8) who picked up the last three wickets cheaply to keep alive the sides hopes of avoiding relegation.
Sheriff Hutton Bridge boosted their survival hopes winning at home to Welton by 50 runs. Three wickets from Matthew Wilkinson (3-19) left the home side in trouble on 69-5 but teenager Will Warren came to the rescue with 45 and the addition of 35 extras helped boost the total to 164 before the side were bowled out. The youngster also played a key role with the ball picking the key wicket of Matthew Wilkinson (30) who finished as his side top scorer, whilst three wickets from Nadeem Shefta (3-36) helped ensure the result was never really in doubt.
Report by Kevin Hutchinson
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