Hampsthwaite open up five-point gap on nearest rivals Dacre Banks

hsb  Will Wray batting for Bishop Thornton against Pannal.  (120728M5c)
hsb Will Wray batting for Bishop Thornton against Pannal. (120728M5c)

Hampsthwaite are five points clear of nearest rival Dacre Banks at the top of Division One.

Hampsthwaite travelled to reigning champions Ouseburn, beating them by four wickets to ensure Ouseburn’s slide into the relegation places.

The home side batted first and scored 163-9, Olie Rose makign 70 as Andy Johnson took 3-35. In reply, Hamspthwaite made 165-6 with Andy Taylor hitting 70. Ouseburns overseas Matt Adams took 3-66.

Arguably the game of the day was at Killinghall.

The young pups are on a victory roll which has seen them steadily rise up the table and pull clear of the relegation zone.

Simon Williams made 34 as Dacre’s bowlers pegged the home side back to post 152-8. Waqas Raheed took 4-17 and Steve Lawrence 3-49. Lee Siddique (37), Mohammed Khan (44) and Duncan Naylor (26) saw Dacre to within touching distance of the target, but Richard Danby 5-20 had other ideas.

Three wickets in the last over condemned Dacre and Killinghall took the spoils. Blubberhouses are back to winning ways with a 97 run win over Alne. Blubbs posted 215-6 after fine knocks by Bash Khan (79), Richard Vass (52) and Stephen Wilkinson (44). Brad Scott took 2-22, Eddie Myers 2-55 and Toby Stirke 2-56 Alne were then dismissed for 118.

Lee Platts 4-15 and Bash Khan 4-29 did the damage with the ball and only Pete Carr stood out with 43 for Alne. Helperby visited Burton Leonard and came out on top. Batting first, Burton hit 226-7. James Townsend made 73 and Liam Ford 37.

In reply, Helperby made 230-8 and win by two wickets. Tom Coates celebrated his inclusion in the Nidderdale Overseas team for the game on August 19 with a fine 58. Mark Spilman chipped in with 86. However the Burton Leonard bowlers made it hard work for Helperby as Neil Blaken took 3-53 and David Slack 3-26. Andrew Cullen lead from the front for Bishop Thornton as the Curlew’s travelled to Pannal. Cullen made and unbeaten 122 in the Thornton total of 185-8. Ellis, Wilson and Harrison all took 2 wickets for the home side. In reply, Pannal crossed the finishing line to win by 7 wickets. John Strover 73* Dave Wood 52* and Andy Ellis 27 contributed to the total of 189-3.

Will Wray’s concerns about milk prices obviously fired him up again showed his gold top standard taking 3-51

In the other game of the day, Spofforth posted 175-4 at home to bottom of the table Goldsborough. Things looked a bit dodgy for Spoff at 67-4 but James Roberts made 52 not out and Paul Fletcher 50 not out in an unbeaten fifth wicket partnership of 108 to see the home side up to 175-4. Goldsborough held out for a point, closing on 124-6. Ben Mackrill top scored with 37 not out.