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Theakston Nidderdale League: Dacre pull off another upset

George Horbury, 13, and Harry Allinson, 14, put on a 244-run first-wicket partnership as Harrogate 3rds beat Blubberhouses in Division Two
George Horbury, 13, and Harry Allinson, 14, put on a 244-run first-wicket partnership as Harrogate 3rds beat Blubberhouses in Division Two

Newly-promoted Dacre Banks upset another of the Theakston Nidderdale Division One heavyweights when they sank Masham on Saturday.

Having stunned 2017 champions Ouseburn on the opening day, Waqas Rasheed’s team beat last season’s runners-up by seven wickets in week three.

Shaun Marshall effected four dismissals for Banks as they restricted their previously-unbeaten hosts to 187/9 batting first, Craig Broadley the mainstay of the home innings with an excellent 91 not out.

Sam Mooney then took centre stage as the visitors replied, striking an unbeaten 101 to help Dacre to 188/3 in the 42nd over.

Skipper Rasheed (38) and Stephen Ellison (31) also made useful contributions, while Kieran Bramley bagged a couple of wickets for Masham.

Stewart Cummings hit a century as Goldsborough made it three wins from three for the new season.

The men from York Road posted 228/6 against West Tanfield with Cummings’ knock of 104 not out the foundation on which their more than useful total was built on.

Jonny Luty claimed 3-38 for Tanfield, but they then slumped to 35/6 in response.

Some lower-order resistance averted a disaster, and although number 10 Juvan Gericke struck 45 not out, they still ended up 57 runs short on 171 all out, Russ Robshaw grabbing a superb five-wicket haul to leave Goldsborough top of the pile.

Helperby also extended their 100 per cent record after dismissing Birstwith for 147 on home soil.

Last man Jon Millward mustered 48 not out for the visitors, but they struggled in the face of some fine bowling by Brandon Bant (3-30) and Joe Corner (3-49).

Joss Spilman then showed his class with a second half-century in as many games, his innings of 54 guiding Helperby to a one-wicket triumph.

A fine all-round display by Wath & Melmerby captain Bobby Hilton wasn’t enough to prevent Darley from recording their second triumph of 2018.

Hilton (70) combined with Mitchell Cross (60) to help his side post 196 in the face of a brilliant spell of 7-58 from Scott Clark.

The Wath skipper then helped himself to seven wickets of his own, however Chris Gill (104) smashed a ton as Darley edged over the line at 200/9.

Defending champions Ouseburn recorded back-to-back victories when they got the better of Bishop Thornton in what was a fairly even affair.

Fine work by George Sowray (78 not out), Rob Nelson (53) and Steve Sowray (44) put the Curlews in a commanding position at 248/7, Dominic Snook scooping four wickets for Ouseburn.

The title-holders managed to knock the required runs off with two overs in hand, however, Alex Boyle (70) and Adam Fisher (68) their leading lights.

Knaresborough Forest’s dismal start to the season continued as they slipped to a third straight defeat after being bowled out by Burton Leonard with just 74 on the board.

Ned Vasey (4-26) and Jon Duffy (3-27) impressed with the ball as the hosts were blown away, before an unbeaten 45 from Laurie O’Connor took Burton to a 10-wicket success inside 16 overs.

Teenagers George Horbury and Harry Allinson both struck centuries as Harrogate Strays claimed a 36-run victory over Blubberhouses in Division Two.

The pair opened the batting for the Roosters’ 3rd XI and both carried their bats in a stunning 244-run first-wicket stand.

Horbury, 13, smashed 117, while 14-year-old Allinson made 100 to put their side in control.

Blubberhouses made a good fist of chasing down their target and Bash Khan hit 37 in reply, but the away side ultimately ended up short on 208/8, Robert Horbury snapping up 5-49 for the Strays

Simon Dwyer enjoyed a day to remember with the bat as he hammered 148 in Kirk Deighton’s high-scoring win against Burnt Yates.

Deighton posted a mammoth 360/6, Richard Ward also adding 93.

Despite centuries from openers Jason Chyer and Dominic Taylor, Yates fell short on 268/1.

Alistair Jackson smashed a superb 132 not out to help Alne to a 43-run triumph over Studley Royal in what was another run-fest.

Jackson’s knock helped them reach 334/5, and despite 71 from Nick Harland and 70 from Colin Smith, Royal fell short on 291/7.

Callum Halliday shone with bat and ball to steer Scotton to a comfortable 193-run win at Killinghall.

Halliday hit 88 of his side’s 272/3 before taking 3-31 as the hosts were all out for just 79 in response.

Markington beat Spofforth by 50 runs, thanks largely to Dave Askew’s knock of 88.

Askew crashed 10 fours and four sixes in his 75-ball half-century and was well supported by Robbie Wilberforce (74) in their 294/7.

Ethan Westerman’s 4-65 kept Spofforth in the game and he then hit 43 in his side’s reply, and with Jonathon Corke and Oliver Connew both hitting 48, they appeared to be in with a chance of reaching their target.

But 4-34 from Tom Lloyd ensured they ended up shy of the mark on 244/9.

Tom Fryer and Luke Clarke were the star men in Pateley Bridge’s three-wicket success on the road at Raskelf.

Clarke took 6-45 as Raskelf were dismissed for 165 despite Barry Milburn’s 65.

Fryer then struck 46 with the willow as the Badgers edged to victory.