Theakston Nidderdale League: Crompton and Thirkell shine in Burton’s success over champions

Chris Eckford struck a half-century for Dacre Banks against Ripley. Picture: Adrian Murray
Chris Eckford struck a half-century for Dacre Banks against Ripley. Picture: Adrian Murray

Ouseburn’s hopes of defending their Theakston Nidderdale League title suffered another blow when they lost for the second week in succession, going down by 25 runs against Burton Leonard.

Replying to their visitors’ huge first innings score of 310/8, the men from Lightmire Lane produced a valiant effort, but eventually ended up short at 285/6.

Chris Morrison made 64 not out, Ben Jones 53 and Tom Parker 39, while Tom Stanley took 3-60.

Earlier, Sam Crompton (126) and Dan Thirkell (101) had both hit superb centuries to leave Burton in a commanding position and set up a third victory in a row, despite Morrison claiming 4-39.

Birstwith lead the way in Division One after securing a third consecutive success of their own.

In similar fashion to last weekend’s triumph over Ouseburn, a massive lower-order partnership saw Jon Millward’s troops compile a big total at Alne, as Dan Riley (108) and Pete Hardisty (61 not out) put on 153 for the sixth wicket.

The visitors had been 113/5 prior to the pair coming together, Edward Myers proving a menace with 4-32 for Alne.

The men from the Magic Circle made a fantastic start to chasing down the daunting figure of 318/6, as openers Myers hit 75 and Tom Jackson 55 in an opening stand of 116.

It was all downhill from there for the home side, however, and Craig Robinson (4-43) and George Hirst (3-32) shone with the ball as nine Alne wickets fell for just 62 runs.

Darley also made it three victories from three with a six-wicket success at bottom -of-the-table Spofforth, who are still without a win.

The home side fared better with the bat than they have done in their opening two fixtures, an excellent 71 from James Roberts and 43 from skipper Steve Ward helping them to 199/7.

Darley eased home in 34.1 overs, however, unbeaten knocks of 64 from Brad Stephens and 63 from Rob Best seeing them reach 200/4.

Masham got off the mark for 2017 with a 22-run home triumph over Goldsborough.

Luke Tomlin (37) and Bailey McCourt (30) guided the hosts to 173/7, Kevin Wilks snapping up three wickets.

Ben Fielding then returned figures of 3-28 as Goldsborough were bowled out for 151, Jarrod McPhee top scoring with 42.

Helperby chalked up a second victory on the bounce when they they beat West Tanfield by seven wickets.

Batting first, Tanfield put 162/8 on the board, Stuart Clark and skipper Adam Hodgkinson both striking 38, while Luis Rees-Hughes and Matt Cavanagh each claiming a trio of dismissals.

A half-century from skipper Sam Dabin guided Hampsthwaite to a six-wicket win at Knaresborough Forest.

Several Forest batsmen made starts, but none of them could convert them into big scores as they closed on 163/9, Australian Aaron Brunner top scoring with 25.

Dabin, Luke Manion, George Beeley, Chris Beeley and James Warwick all bagged two wickets apiece for Hampsthwaite, before they reached 166/4 with the bat.

Warwick (36) and Andrew Taylor (33) added to Dabin’s 63 not out as the visitors wrapped things up in 37 overs.

Wath & Melmerby recorded their first win since promotion to Division Two in emphatic style, thrashing Newby Hall by 213 runs.

Dan Harris fell agonisingly short of a double-century when he was dismissed after smashing a stunning 196 from just 108 balls.

His knock included 22 fours and 12 sixes, while opening bat Thomas Graham offered excellent support with a score of 71 in the home team’s huge total of 339/6.

Dan Herron’s haul of 4-115 was one of few highlights on they day for Newby as they were bundled out with just 126 on the board in reply, Nick Kent striking 53.

Bobby Hilton was the pick of the Wath attack, returning figures of 4-44.

Pateley Bridge also registered victory number one of the campaign, seeing off Markington in similarly comprehensive fashion.

David Spence (78) and Joe Preece (45) were the main contributors to the Badgers’ 249/5, Robbie Wilbeforce effecting three dismissals for the hosts.

James Johnson then wreaked havoc with the ball, returning five Markington players to the hutch for the cost of just 34 runs as they were sent packing with only 94 to their name, Paul Johnson left stranded on 29 not out.

An exceptional all-round display from Aamir Rehman saw Blubberhouses to a comfortable success over bottom side Bishop Thornton.

Rehman plundered 137 runs, ably assisted by Luke Davis (99) who was extremely unfortunate to miss out on a century of his own, as the visitors racked up 330/5.

Rehman then disposed of seven Thornton batsmen with a destructive spell of bowling, the home team eventually being knocked over for 179 despite 57 from Ed Kellett.

Ripley remain winless after narrowly failing to get over the line at home to high-flying Dacre Banks.

The division’s second-placed side were all out for 155 batting first, Chris Eckford making his way to 65 while Bob Brown and Matt Roberts snared four victims apiece.

Michael Sacchetta got to 44 and James Keane 34 as Ripley looked set to reach their victory target, only to run out of overs and finish up on 147/9.

Mitchell Hearn was Banks’ best bowler on the day, helping himself to 3-34.

Half-centuries from three Scotton players proved just enough to see off the challenge of Raskelf, who suffered a first defeat of the season.

Sam Halliday (70), Will Cunningham (65) and Rich Ellerker (64) all shone with the willow in hand to help their side post 215/5, despite 4-49 from Bradley Clark.

Clark then hit 55 and Barry Milburn 44 as Raskelf closed in on their target, only to be bowled out within touching distance of victory on 206.

Cunningham rounded off a good afternoon’s work by taking a trio of wickets.

Leaders Studley Royal made short work of chasing down Burnt Yates’ 113/8.

Jack Bloodgood 3-20 and Lewis Day 3-21 impressed with the ball for the hosts, and only Steven Light (51) offered any real resistance.

Nick Stewart then led Royal home in 26 overs with a knock of 42.