Cooper cuts loose as Whitkirk’s promotion assault is pegged back

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Division Two North leaders Selby continued their fine form of late with an impressive eight-wicket victory over Duncombe Park, writes Oliver Roby.

Park batted first but could only set 147 as the target with Selby’s bowling attack in fine form.

The leaders then made light work of swallowing up the target, losing just two wickets on their way to victory.

Second-placed Harrogate kept in touch with Selby courtesy of a comfortable win over Clifton Alliance. Harrogate had 191 to beat and achieved it with aplomb, earning victory with four wickets to spare.

Promotion-chasing Whitkirk lost ground on the Division One leaders after a shock loss to second-bottom Sewerby.

Despite the previous week’s win over Goole Town, they were in poor form on Saturday, losing by 147 runs after being bowled out for just 102, Scott Cooper having led the Sewerby charge with an unbeaten century.

In Division Three North, Thorp Arch and Boston Spa were held to a draw against fellow mid-table side Stillington.

TABS set a target of 231, but Stillington chased well to pull off an encouraging draw.

In the same tier, Castleford won a dramatic encounter with Woodhouse Grange by just five runs.

With both sides battling relegation, bowlers were on top with Cas running out winners as they staved off their opponents’ spirited run chase after setting a 135 target.

Also in Division Three North, Huby suffered a shock loss at the hands of rock-bottom Hovingham.

Huby, who still have hopes of promotion, were chasing 155 but they had little to offer in the face of a determined bowling response as Hovingham gained their first win of the season.

Tadcaster Magnet got the better of a draw with Hull in Division Two South.