Nidderdale: Pannal and Killinghall cash in as weather thwarts champions

Bishop Thornton's Will Wray.
Bishop Thornton's Will Wray.
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It was a case of which teams could defy the heavy rainfall over the fourth weekend of the Nidderdale League season.

Division One front-runners Pannal and Killinghall gained an advantage on reigning champions Ouseburn as both remained unbeaten.

Alne set a commanding total of 235-8 against Pannal after electing to bat, but they were powerless to resist Pannal racking up a fourth successive victory, by seven wickets.

Alex Buteux (49) set the ball rolling for Alne before Tom Jackson (76no) motored the score over 200.

However, Rob Ellis’ half century (62) gave Pannal the ideal start in their chase before Andrew Taylor followed up with seven sixes in a thrilling 82 not out for the leaders to win with two overs spare.

Josh Cutts destroyed the Bishop Thornton bowling attack to lead Killinghall onto the top of the table with a 115-run triumph.

Cutts struck 11 maximums and eight fours in a 93-ball 133 as Killinghall amassed more than 300 runs for the second time this campaign.

Wicket-keeper Harry Stanford (62) also cleared the ropes six times as Hall totalled 310-8.

Will Wray top-scored with 46 in Thornton’s reply, but wickets tumbled at crucial moments as Dylan Jacotine (3-46) led the Hall attack to oust them out for 195.

Spofforth climbed up to fifth as they sent Burton Leonard to a first defeat of the season. Nicky Smith’s late flurry (37no) rescued Leonard from what was looking like a low total after they fell to 102-6. Spofforth had similar troubles with their top order as they slid to 87-5 in the reply. But Chris Clark (48no) and Craig Hunt (41) shared a 74-run partnership to steady the innings and take Spofforth to victory with one ball spare.

All remaining games in Division One fell to the weather, including reigning champs Ouseburn’s trip to Blubberhouses.

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