Theakston Nidderdale League: In-form trio continue early-season domination

It’s a case of as you were at the top of Theakston Nidderdale League Division One after the top three all won again, extending their 100 per cent starts to the 2020 campaign.

Wednesday, 12th August 2020, 5:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th August 2020, 5:48 pm
Reigning Theakston Nidderdale League champions Darley CC celebrate a wicket. Picture: Gerard Binks

Last season’s title-winners Darley CC remain third following a brutal demolition of Blubberhouses.

A half-century from Rob Nelson (64) helped the defending champions to 197 all out in the face of some fine bowling by Umaid Sajjad, who finished the afternoon with six scalps.

Blubberhouses were however blown away when they took their turn at the crease, Joe Furniss (4-14) and Nelson (3-2) wreaking havoc to send the hosts packing on 56.

A point ahead of Darley in second place are Pateley Bridge, who got the better of Burton Leonard in what was a close contest.

Some fine batting by Tom Rowlay (83) and Sam Crompton (49) saw the away side to 172 all out, Tom Fryer scooping 5-21.

And it took the Badgers until the penultimate over of the match to reach their victory target, Chris Langley leading them home with a superb unbeaten 95.

Still top of the pile are Harrogate CC 3rds, who have taken to life in the top flight like ducks to water.

Promoted from Division Two as champions last term, the Roosters recorded a fourth triumph in as many matches at home to Kirk Deighton.

A knock of 53 by Henry Blythe steered the visitors to 172 batting first, though ‘Gate made light work of chasing down that total.

Skipper Rob Stanworth (100) smashed a quick-fire ton at the top of the order alongside Barney Horberry (48), the pair’s 93-run opening stand paving the way for a run-chase which took just 28 overs to complete and cost only two wickets.

At the opposite end of the table, winless Ouseburn were unfortunate to end up on the losing side when they entertained Birstwith after posting 261/5, Ben Mackril setting the tone with a stunning 129.

Craig Robinson (123*) and Pete Hardisty (52*) did however get the away team over the line in the penultimate over.

Elsewhere, Tom Wade (50*) helped Helperby to 177, a score that proved beyond Goldsborough, who were dismissed on 124, despite the efforts of Will Waterhouse (43).

Rock-bottom Wath & Melmerby conceded their game at West Tanfield.