Ellis notches a run-a-ball ton as ruthless Pannal beat Spofforth

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LEAGUE leaders Pannal were at their ruthless best in Division One on Saturday with a 210-run demolition of Spofforth.

Rob Ellis carried his bat for a run-a-ball century, as Andy Ellis (43), Carl Wilson (58) and Andrew Taylor (32no) also piled on the runs. The batsman took Pannal’s total to 302-2, which Spofforth got nowhere near thanks to Graham Fish’s expert spell. Fish netted 6-25 after replacing the openers, with captain Matt Henry also taking three scalps to oust Spofforth for just 92.

Killinghall are Pannal’s nearest challengers in the league, with an eight point gap developing from their four-wicket defeat against Hampsthwaite.

Matt and Simon Williams both struck up half-centuries as Killie amassed 248-7. However, Shaun Brentnall’s 142 not out completed a mammoth chase for Hamps with more than three overs remaining.

Ouseburn moved within two points of second place as Tom Parker smashed a century to overturn Alne. Dave Cummings and Chris Morrison also scored fifties as Ouse’ posted 247-5.

Paul Hutchinson struck 73 at the top of Alne’s card, but three wickets apiece for Sam Dale and Morrison guided Ouse to a 91-run win.

Burton Leonard overturned Newby Hall’s modest 155 to leave their opponents stranded at the bottom of the table. Newby never recovered from 1-2 as Ben Robinson (3-49) was the pick of the attack. Dan Thirkell smashed four sixes in a 51-ball half century and James Townsend hit 53 as Leonard chased the target down with six wickets in hand.

Darley’s Joe Furniss was unlucky to be on the losing side after taking five wickets to rattle Bishop Thornton to 208-9, with Josh Davies making 51. Darley were bowled out for just 106.

Helperby reached Blubberhouses’ low total of 139/8 with only a ball to spare as they took the points with a four-wicket win.