York Senior: Hawkswell on a high after smashing league’s batting record

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record-breaking hARROGATE batsman Andy Hawkswell is basking in the glory of smashing the highest innings in league history when he hit an unbeaten 265 at Easingwold in Division Two North at the weekend.

The previous highest innings in the league’s 102-year history stood at 234 not out made by Marcus Johnson in Huntington’s clash with Cawood in 2010.

Hawkwell’s outstanding exploits also eclipsed the previous best score by a Harrogate batsman, which was recorded by Julian Vallance, who made 193 in their Division One match, also against Easingwold, back in 1962.

With Hawkswell’s partner Ben Bartlett making an unbeaten 62, Harrogate reached 345 without loss before declaring – with Easingwood replying with 276-7 on a batsman-friendly surface to draw the game.

The 345-run stand between Hawkswell and Bartlett was the best in league history, beating the previous best of 319 made by Mark Shepherd and Dave Greenlay for Pickering against Bolton Percy in 2012.

There was also a run-fest in Division One where George Walker (67no) and new signing James Malthouse (49) were in the runs for Whitkirk (220-4) in their draw with Beverley Town 2nds (200-7).

Tadcaster Magnet and Heworth played out a draw in a close finish in Division Two South with Heworth falling just nine runs short of victory.

For the third time in four matches, Studley Royal were left frustrated as their Premier Division game with York 2nds fell victim to the weather, with a water- logged outfield resulting in no prospect of play.

Woodhouse Grange moved to the top with victory over Beverley Town by six wickets, with Dave Suddaby (5-18) excelling for the victors with a magic bowling spell.