Theakston Nidderdale League: Jordan King smashes ton in Darley CC success
Jordan King smashed a huge unbeaten century to leave Darley CC hot on the heels of Theakston Nidderdale Division One leaders Helperby.
The opening batsman plundered 15 fours and 11 sixes in his stunning 160 not out during Saturday’s comprehensive win over Kirk Deighton in week six of 2021.
Joe Furniss added 47 lower down the order as Duncan Naylor’s men posted 287/7 from their 45 overs.
Mark Harland did his best to stem the flow of runs, finishing up with a fine 3/31 after 12 economical overs.
But Deighton’s batsmen were always going to be up against it and only Henry Blythe (43) made a score of any note as they were dismissed for 151.
Furniss was the pick of the Darley attack, completing an excellent all-round performance with a return of 5-30.
Helperby sit just two points clear at the summit following their 51-run success at Harrogate 3rds.
Dan Spink (40 not out), skipper Dan Marston (36), Luis Reese-Hughes (35) and Mike Dennett (32) all chipped in with useful runs in the league leaders’ total of 212/6.
Roosters captain Rob Stanworth struck 48 in reply, though he received little by way of support and the hosts were all out on 161, leaving them without a victory to their name this term.
Marston (4-26) took four of the wickets to fall, while Tom Messenger (3-36) also did his bit.
Third-placed Pateley Bridge cruised a routine win over Ouseburn.
Having been 10/4 at one stage, the visitors did well to even make it to 154 all out, Chris Morrison (52) and Josh Bennison (34) leading their recovery as Tom Fryer bagged 4-16.
Ben Mountain also knocked over a trio of Ouseburn batsmen and then went on to take centre stage with the bat, hitting a rapid 105 not out from just 57 deliveries when the Badgers took their turn at the crease.
His explosive innings featured 11 fours and seven sixes , wrapping up a nine-wicket triumph inside 19 overs.
Fourth-placed Birstwith followed the division’s top three in extending their 100 per cent record from completed fixtures this term when they entertained Burton Leonard.
But, they had to work extremely hard for their 18-point haul in a contest which went right down to the wire.
Max Crompton (87) and Nick Coates (51 not out) shone for Burton as they posted 256/7 having been put into bat.
Birstwith boast plenty of firepower in their batting line-up, though they only reached their target with an over to spare, eventually finishing on 261/5.
Craig Robinson (52) and James Riley (46) helped the home team into a strong position before Jon Millward (30 not out) completed the job.
Goldsborough got the better of struggling Blubberhouses in a thrilling affair that was decided on the final ball of the day.
Will Haines (78) and Sajid Khan (57 not out) saw Blubberhouses to 220/5, however the hosts managed to overhaul that total from the very last delivery of their innings.
Openers Luke Boniface (38) and Mike Cockle (37) led the way for Goldsborough as Lee Platts scooped 4-32.
Half-centuries from Reece Farren (63) and Harry Lamb (55) guided West Tanfield to 155/3 and a seven-wicket success over visiting Masham.
Earlier in the afternoon, Joe O'Keefe had top-scored for the away side with 47 not out, Angus Shaw helping himself to 4-31.