Nidderdale: Crown within reach for Ouseburn as rivals Birtswith suffer costly loss

Hampsthwaite captain Sam Dabin scored 84 not out against Ouseburn, but it couldn't prevent defeat to the leaders.
Hampsthwaite captain Sam Dabin scored 84 not out against Ouseburn, but it couldn't prevent defeat to the leaders.
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Ouseburn have all-but clinched the Nidderdale League championship after dishing out an 87 -run defeat on Hampsthwaite at the weekend.

Ouseburn hold an 18-point advantage over Birstwith and require one more win in their four remaining matches to raise the trophy.

Sam Parker smashed an impressive century and shared a 160-run partnership with captain David Cummings (95) as Ouseburn scored an unreachable 289-4 on Saturday.

Parker hit 13 boundaries and a six in his 111 not out, which saw him also put on 61 with fellow opener Adam Fisher (24) and 66 with Jamie Bryant (45).

In a rain-reduced fixture, Hampsthwaite gave a strong account of their batting skills and totalled 202-3 from 38 overs.

Captain Sam Dabin remained unbeaten on 84, while opener James Cousen hit 48.

Birstwith’s title chances were washed down the drain in a 78-run loss at Helperby.

Reduced to 41 overs per side, Helperby amassed 200-7 with Trevor Chibvongodze (72) and Luis Rees-Hughes (60) compiling the early impetus.

Batting has been Birstwith’s strength in the 2016 summer but they struggled against the Helperby attack of Dan Marston (3-37), Joe Corner (2-33) and Matt Cavanagh (2-22).

The challenge of long-term pursuers Darley came to a crashing halt at neighbours Pateley Bridge after they were bowled out for 139, the hosts sealing a four-wicket win.

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