Nidderdale League: No change at the summit but leaders Ouseburn drop points because of the weather

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The top of the Nidderdale League remains unchanged as storm clouds brought an early end to play for the leading contenders on Saturday.

The wet weather meant league leaders Ouseburn dropped their first points of the season but the gap to second-placed Darley stayed at four points. Ouse were set for a 10th successive win this campaign having compiled 244-7 at Knaresborough Forest but the rain arrived just five overs into the second innings, with Forest already up to 22-0.

Darley would have risen into pole position had the weather not put an end to their quick-fire chase to overturn Burton Leonard’s low target.

Brad Stephens (5-34) ripped apart Leonard’s top order with a five-wicket haul but Mike Stansfield’s late flurry proved crucial to his side bagging a share of the spoils.

His 47 not out made Leonard’s total of 139 out of reach of the Darley big-hitters, who had reached 91-5 from just 13 overs before rain interrupted.

Jonathan Rice led the way with 44.

Birstwith beat the weather and struggling Alne to move above Burton Leonard into third spot.

Pete Hardisty was the form man with the ball as he delivered figures of 5-22 to bowl Alne out for a meagre 95.

With rain threatening, Birstwith required just 8.1 overs to reach their target as Jonathan Millward (30no) and Dan Riley (39no) struck a combination of five sixes.

Mungo Fawcett backed up his 80 on debut as he compiled a first century for West Tanfield in a high-scoring win over Helperby.

Fawcett smashed 16 fours and a six as he made 112 from the top of the order, sharing a 211-run partnership with Sam Abel following captain Henry Glatman’s golden duck.

Abel fell two runs shy of his century while Julian Hulbert crashed 60 from 25 balls to take Tanfield up to a match-winning 298-3.

Helperby captain Matt Cavanagh made a defiant 89 in the reply but his side’s effort came to an end on 207.

Luke Manion’s five wickets sparked Hampsthwaite to an eight-wicket victory over Bishop Thornton in a match between two lower mid-table outfits.

The Bishops were dismissed for just 89 after a sterling bowling effort and the total was knocked off in 10.3 overs, thanks to runs for Paul Taylor (38) and captain Sam Dabin (30).

The rain got the better of Spofforth’s match at Pateley Bridge with the visitors sitting comfortable on 117-1.

Four matches reached a conclusion in Division Two, including a 10th win of the season for unbeaten Masham.

The league leaders were put under pressure as Studley Royal 2nds reached 203-9. But under the pressure cooker, Masham maintained their perfect beginning to the season to chase the target in 35.2 over with three wickets spare.

Second-placed Goldsborough kept the heat on the leaders but survived a scare against Harrogate 3rds.

Mike Cockle (123no) carried his bat with a brilliant century, including 23 boundaries, while Jarrod McPhee (60) and Ben Mackrill (50) helped Golds make an imposing 262-3.

Jordan Kempley (54) and Ben Sedgley (67) put Harrogate (239-8) on course to reach the summit but they ended 24 runs short when time ran out.

A lack of overs did not worry Markington as they climbed up to fourth place after a commanding performance against Newby Hall.

Nine sixes were struck in Graham Bassitt’s impressive tally of 134 not out as he, alongside Andy Lockyer (56) and Riley Thompson (65no) took Markington to 283-3 in 37 overs.

Newby were never on course for matching the fierce first innings striking and settled on 103-9 in reply.

Bradley Clark’s nerveless innings of 82 guided Raskelf to a six-wicket win over Blubberhouses.

Having taken four wickets in Blubbs’ 194-8, Clark shared a match-winning 73-run partnership with Alec Snowball (40no) as Raskelf reached the target in 38 overs. Bash Khan (70) topscored for Blubberhouses.

Scotton (148-8) and Thornton-le-Moor (111-5) were both stopped in their tracks during the first innings of their respective matches against Ripley and Dacre Banks.