Nidderdale League: Ouseburn go ten points clear as Trevor Chibvongodze shines for Helperby

An Ouseburn batsman loses his off stump against Darley (Photo: Barry Gill)
An Ouseburn batsman loses his off stump against Darley (Photo: Barry Gill)
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Trevor Chibvongodze made the scorers earn their corn as he produced an all-round starring performance to guide Helperby to a four-wicket victory over Knaresborough Forest.

The overseas player smashed a century and took five wickets as Helperby chased a competitive total of 218/9.

Aaron Brunner started the run-fest with a hundred for Forest alongside captain Jack Martin’s half century.

Knaresborough reduced Helperby to 25-2 before Chibvongodze came to the crease but the all-rounder remained unbeaten on 122 to secure Helperby’s fourth win of the season.

Ouseburn made a telling blow at the top of the table in a narrow success over fellow title contenders Darley.

Having compiled 231/6, Ouse’ took the final Darley wicket at the end of the 43rd over with just 15 runs required for the second-placed outfit.

Darley missed their chance to top the table for a first time this season (Photo: Barry Gill)

Darley missed their chance to top the table for a first time this season (Photo: Barry Gill)

Ouseburn now command a ten-point cushion over Darley, who have Birstwith breathing down their neck following a six-wicket win over Pateley Bridge. Craig Robinson (74) and Colin Armitage (85) gave Birstwith a comfortable win, after Richard Light’s measured half century had taken Pateley to 208/8.

Stuart Clark (87) and Sam Abel (136) shared a mammoth 237-run partnership to guide West Tanfield to glory over Bishop Thornton by 60 runs.

The pair were united at 13-1 and batted impeccably to take Tanfield towards 250/1 at the interval.

Thornton were thankful to Andy Derrick (59no) for making a go of the chase but they were never on target.

Burton Leonard stayed one place above Tanfield in fourth thanks to James Townsend’s match-winning total of 86.

The captain spearheaded the first stage of the innings before wicketkeeper Pete Townsend crashed three sixes in an innings of 40 to see Leonard up to 203/9.

Tom Jackson was the pick of the bowling with 4/43.

Alne’s hopes of amounting a chase were soon dealt with by Max Crompton’s economic spell (3/18) while Sam Crompton took 4/17 to complete a 71-run win.

Masham made it a full house in the opening 11 matches with a comprehensive win over Newby Hall.

Newby set a total of 173/9 in their 45 overs thanks to Grant Leivers (53) and Nick Kent (49).

After losing opener Andy Smith second ball, Masham had no other reason to panic as captain Philip Newton (68no) and overseas Bailey McCourt (88no) guided them to a nine-wicket win.

Goldsborough continue to pull up trees in second spot after holding Studley Royal to just 115/9 in 45 overs.

Graham Shorter was the pick of the attack with 3/23. An unbeaten 41 from Jarrod McPhee guided Golds to a four-wicket victory in the 40th over.

Raskelf kept pace with the leaders by the skin of their teeth as Scotton failed to chase down 169. Bradley Clark’s 45 and 3-57 proved decisive as Raskelf totalled 168/9 batting first. In reply, Scotton slipped from the comfort of 129/3 to 161/9 as the tail panicked.

Dacre Banks jumped out of the relegation zone with a 22-run win over Ripley.

Stephen Ellison cracked 56 at the top of the order for Banks, and it proved crucial in the low-scoring affair.

In response to 137/9, Ripley were dismissed for just 107 thanks to Stephen Ellison (4-21) Shaun Marshall (3/6) and Waqas Rasheed (3/29).

The wet weather got the better of Harrogate 3rds’ home match against Blubberhouses and Thornton-le-Moor’s trip to Markington.

Rain also cancelled Spofforth’s clash at Hampsthwaite in Division One.