Harrogate Evening League: Studley Royal close on title after Pannal win

NADV 14063011AM Pannal CC V Beckwithshaw CC. (1406311AM) Rob Ellis Pannal
NADV 14063011AM Pannal CC V Beckwithshaw CC. (1406311AM) Rob Ellis Pannal

Studley Royal remain in pole position to take the honours at the end of the Harrogate Evening League, as the season nears its climax.

Royal were seeking to close in on the Division One title at home to third-placed Beckwithshaw last night after strengthening their grip a week earlier with a six-wicket win at Pannal.

With three matches to go, including last night’s games, Studley sit top on 15 points, with Goldsborough tight behind.

Rob Nicholson’s 46 was crucial in chasing down Pannal’s score last week, as Rob Ellis hit 61 in the Harrogate team’s opening 126-3.

Alex Lilley’s incredible unbeaten century kept ‘Shaw in with a sniff of the title after thrashing Knaresborough by nine wickets.

Boro will have been content after James Ford (61) and Greg Pickles (51) gave the 160-4, but Lilley (100no) made their fielders chase leather as the sun drew in.

Ripley pressed their claims in the three-way Division Two promotion battle with an easy nine-wicket victory over Little Ribston.

Ian Taylor’s four wickets bowled Ribston out for 106 before Aussie Dylan O’Mallay’s 65 not out saw Ripley home.

Blubberhouses also showed why they were nearing Division One by hammering Hampsthwaite by 89 runs.

Neil Brown smashed 108 not out as Blubbs scored a massive 215-2. Shaun Van Dam struck 74 but Hampsthwaite were always behind in their chase, ending on 126-2.

Third-placed Harrogate also won comfotably, beating Spofforth by 68 runs thanks to Lewis Foxton’s 44 not out.

Chris Baldwin’s unbeaten century was just enough for Bishop Thornton to beat Galphay and Winksley by six runs.

Baldwin (105no) and Stephen Sowray (44not out) gave Bishops 167-1 before Jack Richards’ 54 took Galphay within touching distance of victory.

In Division Three, Mark Harrison’s supreme innings of 131 not out put Knaresborough Forest back in the ascendancy for a rise into the league above.

Forest (230-2) saw off promotion rivals Newby Hall by 104 runs, despite Newby’s Ashley Griffin’s resolute 65 in the chase.

Carr Manor remain in the hunt for a leap up a league, in a tightly packed top of the table.

However, the Wetherby outfit shared the points with Pateley Bridge last week after a memorable tied game, with both teams ending on 134.

Neil Britton (78 not out) and Ian White (31no) put on a century stand for Burnt Yates against bottom side Pannal Ash to help their side reach 156-4.

However, they were powerless to resist Ned McLelland (107no) as Pannal ripped up the form book to earn only their second win of the season.

Other results:

Division Four: Dacre Banks 139-5 tied with Sharow (139-5); Darley 95-2 beat Burton Leonard B 94-6 by eight wickets; Goldsborough B 106-3 beat Bishop Monkonton 105ao by seven wickets; Ripon 63-1 beat Arthington 57ao by nine wickets.

Division Five: Birstwith B 141-0 (C Dawson 83) beat Markington 137-4 (T Lloyd 74) by 10 wickets; Burnt Yates B 137-8 beat Ripley B 133-7 (S Brockhill 4-20) by two wickets; North Stainley (Nigel Donaldson 77) beat Npower (Sashi 77) by seven runs; Staveley 145-2 beat Spofforth 143-4 (C Maceff 74) by eight wickets.

Division Six: Wath and Melmerby 83-3 beat Knaresborough Forest 79-7 by seven wickets.