Theakston Nidderdale League: Arthington CC and Goldsborough CC set the early pace

Naveed Andrabi batting for Arthington CC during Saturday's Theakston Nidderdale League victory over Masham. Pictures: Gerard BinksNaveed Andrabi batting for Arthington CC during Saturday's Theakston Nidderdale League victory over Masham. Pictures: Gerard Binks
Naveed Andrabi batting for Arthington CC during Saturday's Theakston Nidderdale League victory over Masham. Pictures: Gerard Binks
Top spot changed hands once again in Division One of the Theakston Nidderdale League as reigning champions Arthington seized pole position.

Last season’s title-winners proved far too strong for Masham, easing to an 88-run success.

Hasnain Ali Yaqoob (120) shone with the bat, smashing 11 fours and eight sixes on his way to a rapid century, while fellow opener Sajid Hussain hit 34.

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Harry Hill bagged four wickets for Masham, however their batsmen struggled and only Archie Hill (35) and Joe O’Keefe (31) made any kind of an impression.

Hasnain Ali Yaqoob smashed a century for defending champions Arthington.Hasnain Ali Yaqoob smashed a century for defending champions Arthington.
Hasnain Ali Yaqoob smashed a century for defending champions Arthington.

In the end, the visitors were all out for 127, Brahm Singh claiming 4-34 and Umar Farooq 3-24.

Goldsborough sit second in the table, but level on points with Arthington following their comprehensive nine-wicket triumph over Blubberhouses.

Graham Shorter (4-36) and Mark Wood (3-18) did most of the damage as the away side were knocked over for just 100.

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James Wood (38 not out) and captain Jarrod McPhee (34 not out) then came together at the crease to steer Goldsborough to their fourth victory in five matches, inside 21 overs.

Kyle Tomlinson bowling for Masham.Kyle Tomlinson bowling for Masham.
Kyle Tomlinson bowling for Masham.

Killinghall began the weekend sitting pretty at the summit but finished it down in fourth place after they were turned over by West Tanfield, who climb into third.

Dan Atkinson (59 not out) and Sam Halliday (52) were responsible for scoring the majority of the visitors’ runs as they closed on 151/5 at the end of their 45 overs.

Harry Lamb contributed 33 at the top of the order when Tanfield responded, though wickets fell at regular intervals and they found themselves in a spot of bother at 108/7 as Killinghall skipper Atkinson (5-34) once again led by example.

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But, an undefeated knock of 30 by Jonny Luty got the hosts across the line in the penultimate over.

William Johnston (73) and Tom Croston (61) both weighed in with half-centuries to pave the way for fifth-placed Birstwith’s six-wicket success over Alne.

Chasing 162 all out, the pair’s 129-run stand helped the visitors to 164/4 in 34.1 overs.

Earlier, Peter Carr had contributed 57 for Alne as Sam Barker grabbed 4-43 and Jack Sheridan took 3-42.

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Bottom-of-the-table Pateley Bridge remain without a win after failing to chase down Helperby’s 142/9.

The Badgers’ bowlers did the hard work, Liam Ingram helping himself to a superb haul of 5-24, ably supported by Tom Hardcastle, who scooped 2-29, while Jake Fletcher struck 43 for the home side.

Bridge’s lack of firepower in the batting department was however evident once again as they limped to 119/9 in 45 overs.

Dan Marston was the pick of the Helperby attack, returning figures of 3-31.

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Second-from-bottom Ouseburn were soundly beaten on the road at Upper Wharfedale.

Isaac Parnaby’s 37 was the only score of note in the away team’s 101 all out as J Stephenson (5-8) and R Hodgson (4-28) ran riot.

Joe Daggett then raced to a quick-fire 52 not out to finish the job for the Rams, who required only 16.1 overs to reach 102/2.

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