York Senior League: Ellis and Smith go big for rejuvenated Pannal

Rob Nicholson struck a crucial unbeaten century for Studley Royal at York 2nds
Rob Nicholson struck a crucial unbeaten century for Studley Royal at York 2nds

Pannal CC’s early season struggles appear to be well and truly behind them after they posted a huge 347/2 against Hovingham in Galtres Division Two of the York Senior League.

Rob Ellis continued his fine form with the bat, building on last week’s unbeaten half-century by making 153 not out.

Rob Smith also went big, smashing 133 as the visiting bowlers were put to the sword.

Hovingham managed 214/6 in reply, Smith completing a fine afternoon’s work by taking 3-28 to help Pannal to a 26-point haul that moves them well clear of the relegation zone.

Tadcaster Magnets inflicted a first defeat of the campaign on Clifton Alliance 2nds, the team that began the weekend top of the table.

Magnets batted first and made 162/8, Richard Grogan top-scoring with 56.

Scott Collins then starred with the ball, picking up 4-47 to help send Clifton packing for 107.

Sessay 2nds seized pole position after their visit to Bilton in Ainsty.

James Skelton and Alfie Spencer each effected a trio of dismissals as the hosts were dismissed for 151, skipper Andy Walker hitting 60 of his team’s runs.

Sessay then chased down their victory target for the loss of five wickets in the 36th over thanks largely to a half-century from Matthew Wass (54).

Close behind the new league leaders are Thorp Arch & Boston Spa who claimed a comprehensive victory against hapless Duncombe Park, who remain bottom of the pile.

TABS batted first and made 278/6 with George Gibson (96) narrowly missing out on a ton.

Support came from Guy Whatmore (46), Daniel Kirby (48) and Eshan Kapoor (34).

Kapoor then claimed 3-22 with the ball as he combined with Toby Wells (4-39) to bowl the home team out for just 95.

Thirsk batted first at home to Rowntrees & Huntington, James Trueman making 38 as the hosts made their way to 156 all out.

Rowntrees then took control of their run chase and the reliable Tom Shaw struck 49 not out to help his side over the line for the loss of four wickets in the 44th over.

Studley Royal’s last-wicket pair denied Premier Division leaders York 2nds victory as the visitors held out on 180/9 to draw at Clifton Park.

Earlier in the day the hosts had scored 239/6 as Jim Grange claimed 3-42, but a defiant unbeaten century from Rob Nicholson (100 not out) meant that York were left frustrated.

The result means that Royal are now fourth in the league standings.

Harrogate 2nds chalked up back-to-back wins in Division One when they blew Sewerby away.

The visitors endured a torrid afternoon and were dismissed for 95, Garrick Eckard snapping up 3-47 for the Roosters.

‘Gate then won at a canter needing less than 14 overs to knock the required runs off, Ben Kemley contributing an unbeaten 46 and Andy Hawkswell making 41.

Ripon’s clash with winless Hornsea ended in a tie following a thrilling finish.

Mike Ainsley’s men batted first but were sent back to the pavilion with only 124 on the board, Rob Taylor top-scoring with 37.

The strugglers looked set to chase down their hosts’ total, but Ben Crewe (3-17) and Dave Henstock (3-24) kept Ripon in contention before the latter ran out Hornsea’s last man with the scores level.

Knaresborough racked up 249 at home to Pocklington, Greg Pickles weighing in with 68 and Dave Girling 63.

Graeme Whiles then helped himself to 5-47 and Jordan Tear scooped 3-35 to dismiss the visitors for 113.