Webb takes seven but rain thwarts Whitkirk
Posted on 16th May 2021 at 00:49
Premier Division Review
A third consecutive round of rain affected matches in the Hunters York & District Senior League leaves Pickering with a narrow advantage over the chasing pack on a day when none of the top five managed to win.
For the second time this season Whitkirk dismissed their opposition for under 100, this time Sessay were on the receiving end as Tom Webb took 7-27 to leave the hosts stunned and 95 all out, Joe Watson was their top scorer with 38. The visitors looked to be on course for victory despite the efforts of Tim Hall (3-28) and had reached 78-3 before the weather closed in.
Goole Town were one of only two teams to secure maximum points winning at home to Studley Royal by five wickets. The visitors were bowled out for 108, Ben Lamb taking 4-20 and David England 3-17. The hosts did not have things all their own way however, openers Ben Shelton (30) and Kevin Murphy (37) laid a solid foundation but in the end they stumbled to victory somewhat, losing five wickets Michael Litterbach (3-30) taking three of them. Town’s first victory of the season sees them move off the foot of the table whilst their winless opponents remain in the bottom two.
The league leaders ended up hanging on to earn a share of the points against Folkton & Flixton for who Will Hutchinson (106) and Tom Norman (102) both scored centuries. The home sides total of 321-6, the highest recorded in this year’s competition, also included 53 from Richard Malthouse and perhaps unsurprisingly Kieran Bowes’ three wickets came at the considerable cost of 81 runs. The visitors responded strongly through David Greenlay who made 79 and Andy Sharman 59. Tom Norman (3-55) added three wickets to his earlier efforts with the bat to cap a fine all-round performance, but the visitors last wicket pair hung on ensuring their side reached the close on 241-9.
Joe Dale (97) narrowly missed out on what would have been his second hundred in three innings, but his partnership of 146 for the third wicket alongside Gregory Whyley (61) paved the way for Beverley Town’s total of 237-8 against Sheriff Hutton Bridge at Moor Farm. Nadeem Shefa (4-63) picked up the wickets of both batters as part of a four-wicket haul but not before they had imposed themselves on the match. A partnership of 61 between ‘Bridge opener Conner Campbell (27) and his captain Daniel Cass (30) offered hope of an intriguing contest but once the pair had been dismissed the innings rather limped along Jamie Roe finishing with 3-15 from a total of 142-8.
Second-placed York were thwarted by the rain their game at Hull Zingari one of two brought to a premature end by the weather. Opener Tom Spearman made 41 before Callum Hellwig threatened to derail the innings taking 5-52. The visitors were able to rally thanks to a stand of 81 for the eighth wicket between Oliver Leedham (51) and Tom Bates (31) and despite both falling to Fergus Wilkinson (3-10) late on a total of 210 gave the side something to defend. The home side made a positive start in reply Jack Storey (28no) and Laurence Wilkinson (19no) with an unbroken opening stand of 58-0 from 14 overs before the game was called off.
The game between Malton & Old Malton and Welton ended in controversy when Welton refused to re-take the field disagreeing with the umpires’ assertions that conditions were fit for play. That led to a concession and the home been declared the winners and claiming the points, at the time they were 109-2 chasing the visitors total of 147 all out.
Report by Kevin Hutchinson
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