Theakston Nidderdale League: Graham Shorter helps Goldsborough CC blow Helperby away

Goldsborough's Graham Shorter produced a stunning spell of bowling to help dismiss Helperby for just 28, an outcome which knocked them off the Theakston Nidderdale League Division One summit.

Monday, 28th June 2021, 9:17 pm
Updated Monday, 28th June 2021, 9:20 pm
Rob Stanworth batting for Harrogate CC 3rds during Saturday's victory over Burton Leonard. Pictures: Gerard Binks

Shorter finished Saturday's contest with figures of six wickets for just eight runs, combining with Jarrod McPhee (3-5) as the side who began the weekend top of the pile were blown away in spectacular fashion.

Dan Marston's men must have fancied their chances of going on and wrapping up a victory that would have seen them consolidate pole position when they got rid of their hosts with only 116 on the board, Joe Corner and Tom Messenger taking three scalps apiece.

But Goldsborough's first innings total would prove to be more than sufficient in the end, Luke Boniface (40) their leading light.

Matt Morton bowling for Burton Leonard.

Birstwith are the division's new leaders after they beat Ouseburn by 26 runs to record a seventh win in seven completed fixtures.

Craig Robinson continued his incredible recent run of form with the bat, registering a fifth half-century in six innings when he struck 71 at the top of the order in a score of 189 all out.

Ben Mackrill caused the high-flyers plenty of problems, helping himself to a five-wicket haul before Ouseburn set about their run-chase.

Skipper Adam Fisher led by example, making 74, while Chris Atkinson chipped in with a knock of 32, however 5-32 from all-round ace Robinson halted the home team in their tracks.

Harrogate 3rds bagged an important victory at home to fellow strugglers Burton Leonard, climbing out of the relegation zone in the process.

Rob Stanworth top-scored with 27 as the Roosters posted 189 all out, a total which included no fewer than 37 extras.

Max Crompton shone for Burton with ball in hand, scooping 5-35, then team-mate Matthew Morton (53 not out) hit a half-century, however the visitors ran out of overs with the scoreboard reading 164/8.

Tom Taylor was the pick of the 'Gate attack, finishing the afternoon with figures of 3-11.

Joshua Gericke wreaked havoc with the ball as West Tanfield returned to winning ways after skittling Blubberhouses for a double-figure score.

His fine 6-22 helped get rid of the away team with just 88 runs to their name, completing a 96-run triumph.

Earlier, Angus Shaw had struck 39 not out in Tanfield's 184/9, Umaid Sajjad knocking over a trio of

Masham chased down Kirk Deighton's 248/4, completing a three-wicket win inside 42 overs.

Darley's clash with Pateley Bridge was cancelled.