Nidderdale League: Blubberhouses remain top but Helperby up to second

Nidderdale League: Stewart Pyke batting for Knaresborough Forest against Pannal
Nidderdale League: Stewart Pyke batting for Knaresborough Forest against Pannal

Blubberhouses kept their iron grip on the top flight of the Nidderdale League on Saturday, but Helperby are now second in the division.

Matt Cavanagh’s troops are storming along this summer, overcoming Goldsborough by two wickets at the weekend.

The skipper himself bagged 3-45 and Alistair Darnell 3-23 as Goldsborough were skittled for 117, Jack Joy topscoring with 52.

Lane Tutty then fashioned 50 not out despite heavy pressure from Russ Robshaw (5-45) but Helperby pulled home at 120-8.

The leaders meanwhile inflicted a heavy 75-run reverse upon challengers Alne. Bash Khan’s unbeaten 88 plus Will Haines’ 61 powered Blubbs to 185-6 batting first.

Pete Carr responded with 47 but three wickets each for Khan and Dawood Waqas bowled out Alne for 110.

Darley are no closer to a first victory, beaten by five wickets at home to Killinghall on Saturday. Darley’s order struggled to make any sort of headway against Nick Richardson, whose 6-28 haul skittled out the hosts for just 60.

Richardson’s knock of 25 in reply paved the way for a Killinghall win at 61-5.

Masham are also finding life back in the top flight rather tough, losing to Bishop Thornton by 59 runs. Luke Forge (50) and Steve Brennand (52) starred with the bat to see Thornton post 206-6, Rob Hill claiming 3-41.

In reply Masham’s best offerings were from skipper Adam Smith (32) and Chris Smith (30) but Ed Paxton’s 4-26 haul stopped matters at 147-7.

Spofforth are back on a roll, enjoying a 25-run win over Dacre Banks. James Roberts (55) and skipper Tom Clark (55) helped Spofforth rack up 160-8 batting first.

Banks looked to Azhar Mahmood (50) and Waqas Rasheed (37) to lead their reply but good work by Ian Giddings (3-41) meant they got no further than 167.

Defending champions Hampsthwaite crashed to defeat by 2011 winners Ouseburn, who accrued a hefty 282-7 batting first after superb work from Sam Parker.

He smashed 145, and with T Parker adding 41, Hampsthwaite had a lot to do. Andy Taylor managed 41 but Chris Morrison (4-17) and Sam Dale (4-33) saw the title holders all out for 75.

Pannal Pirates are on a mission to return to Division One, underlining their intent with a 38-run win over West Tanfield. Graham Fish (33) and James Rawlings (30) steered Pannal to 184-9 against the bowling of Andy Davidson (4-35).

Boddy Arthur hit back with 43 and Steve Ryan an unbeaten 37. but Tanfield managed a total of 146-7 in reply with Carl Wilson bagging 3-25.

Impressive bowling by Dan Thirkell set the scene for Burton Leonard to beat Birstwith. Thirkell scalped 4-21 to restrict Birstwith to 160-8, Tom Croston (45) and Pete Hardisty (40no) the pick of the batsmen.

Batting at the top of the order, Thirkell hit 48 and James Townsend 41 to drive Burton home at 162-6.

Knaresborough Forest sank to a 10-wicket defeat by Ripley. Oli Cullingworth made 53 for Forest but they only accrued 110 after Mike Hennings scooped 3-33 and Josh Waldron 3-21. Ian Robinson (55no) and Waldron (53no) knocked off the total at 114 without loss after Ripley’s bowlers failed to fire.

Newby Hall grasped a 19-run win over Pateley Bridge, racking up 250-7 after fine batting down the order by Dave Henstock (56), Shane Griffin (44), Grant Leivers (58) and Dave Wallis (71no).

Pateley replied via Tom Simpson (46), Miles Sutton (35) and Tom Hardcastle (31) but were stopped at 231-7.

Trent Grabham was the star of the afternoon for Galphay and Winksley, smashing 103 before Tom Orton added 57 and Graham Bassitt 38 for Galphay to amass 263-5.

Bolton Abbey looked to A Jennings (57) and T Holme (63no) to lead their fightback, but it ended short at 197-9.

Studley Royal saw off Sharow by 58 runs, achieving 138 via Chris Hill (30) despite Ricky Simms plundering 5-34.

Connor Ryan hit 44 in reply but Richard Binks (4-26) and Harry Lamb (3-18) skittled out Sharow for 83.

lOn Sunday there were wins in the Atkinson Swires for holders Blubberhouses, Burton Leonard, Spofforth, Goldsborough, Pateley Bridge and Ouseburn.

Division Three: Burnt Yates 67, Scotton 68-3; Killinghall 99, Rainton 100-3; Kirby Malzeard 238-5, *Masham 241-5; Markington 160-6, Raskelf 125-9; Ouseburn 132 (Sheridan 60, Bealey 3-12, Thompson 3-32) Hampsthwaite 136-3 (Foggitt 65no); Ouseburn 2 132-10, Hampsthwaite 2 136-3; Pannal 174-9, *Harrogate Strays 175-7;

Division Four: *Birstwith 2nds 154-8, Burton Leonard 2nds 159-4; *Newby Hall 114 Lofthouse & Middlesmoor 117-3; *Staveley 194, Middleham 151; *Thornton Le Moor 196-6, Alne 125; bishop monkton 172-9, Ripon 2nds 118; Pannal Ash 45, *Studley Royal 3rds 46-1;

Division Five: *Goldsborough 175-7, Ripley 2nds 89; Blubberhouses 56 *Thornton Watlass 57-1; Harrogate 166, *North Stainley 161-9; Pateley Bridge 2nd 140-8, *South Kilvington 143-3; Shadow 2 172-7 Crakehall 174-2; Sharrow 2nds 172-6, Crakehall 176;

Division Six: *Little Ribston 188-7, Glasshouses 67; *Pannal 184-7, Sessay 101; Bishop Thornton 74, Spennithorne and Harmby* 75-2; Darley 99 Bolton Abbey*100-4; Knaresborough 2nds 111-8 Helperby 2nds 115-0 ; Raskelf 40,*Boroughbridge 43-2;

Division Seven:Thirsk 165 Arthington 166_6; Birstwith 3rds 145, Ouseburn 3rds 146- 8; Marton cum grafton 81-9 Middleham 2nds 83-3; Newton le Willows 213-9. Dacre Banks 158-6. Newton win by 55 runs; Pannel 4ths 118-7, Scotton* 121-3;

Division Eight:*Burton Leonard 3rds 211-7,Helperby 3rds 183-7; *Hampsthwaite 2nds v Staveley 2nds: Staveley Conceded ; *Killinghall 3rds 108, Little Ribston 111-2; *West Tanfield 180-8, North Stainley 144; Kfcc 3rds 157, Burnt Yates 2nds 163-1; Knaresborough 2nds 111-8, Helperby 2nds 115-0;

Division Nine:*Arthington 2nds 95, Thirsk 3rds 98-4; Galphay & Winksley 121 * Newby Hall 124 - 5; Ripley 4ths 73, *Kirkby Malzeard 2 75-0; Ripon 140, *Studley Royal 99; Wath & Melmerby 2nds v Sharow 3rds: Sharow concede.