Ellis and Pitt set up leaders Pannal’s crushing win over ’Houses

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Runaway leaders Pannal maintained their huge lead at the summit with a convincing 76-run victory over Blubberhouses, writes Alex Bowmer.

After standout knocks from Andy Ellis (84) and Cameron Pitt (59), Pannal set Blubberhouses a target of 280 to win, but after a slow start they were eventually all out for 203, with Adelvin Phillip finishing with figures of 5-28.

Second-placed Helperby secured a six-wicket away victory over Bishop Thornton.

Andrew Derrick top-scored for Thornton with 31 in their innings of 145 all out, with bowler Atish Chouhan excelling (5-48).

The crucial contribution with the bat was however made by Helperby’s Mark Spilman (65no), who steered his team to victory (150-4) with 13 overs to spare.

Burton Leonard got back to winning ways with a comfortable seven-wicket triumph over Alne.

Luke Vincent (54) managed to get runs on the board, but other than that the visitors struggled, finishing on 148-9. In reply, Pete Townsend notched 78, including four sixes, to lay the foundations for the win, which was achieved with a little more than 12 overs to spare (152-3).

Hampsthwaite posted one of the highest score of the weekend to put Spofforth to the sword. Shaun Brentnall was the pick of the batsmen (85) as the home side finished on 
296-7. Spofforth scored a creditable 234 in reply, with Tom Lawson top-scoring on 66 not out. However, they lost by 62 runs.

Killinghall put a surprise defeat to Blubberhouses behind them as they defeated Newby Hall by three wickets.

Newby opened the batting, reaching 184, with Dave Wallis top-scoring (56). Killinghall made sure of victory with an over to spare after half-centuries from Matt Williams (64) and Dylan Jacotine (53no).

Finally, Ouseburn (260-7) crushed struggling Darley (125 all out) by 135 runs.

Yorkshire face an anxious wait on Friday evening

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