Nidderdale: New arrivals Birstwith prove they have what it takes to compete

Graphic by Graeme Bandeira.
Graphic by Graeme Bandeira.
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Newly-promoted Birstwith continued their pitch perfect beginning to the Nidderdale League with a 23-run victory over Spofforth.

Craig Robinson’s composed innings of 71 helped Birstwith rally after losing three early wickets and Craig Armitage added 39 to set them up for 
163-9 in a match shortened by one-over.

Spofforth looked on course for victory with Pat Gannon (66) and James Roberts (44) at the crease but eight wickets fell for just 23 runs as Birstwith stormed back.

Jon Millward produced an inspirational captain’s performance with 4-17 before the final wicket fell on 140.

Birstwith sit one point above second-placed Burton Leonard, who eased past Bishop Thornton by six wickets.

Jonny Dunny (4-42) and Nicky Smith (3-49) restricted the Bishops to 179-9, with Josh Davies (68) topscoring.

Leonard shared the runs around in their response with captain James Townsend (46) making a valuable contribution before Sam Crompton (42no) and Matt Rangeley (35no) shared an unbroken 74-run partnership.

Title favourites Ouseburn made it two wins from two with a powerful batting display over last year’s third-placed Helperby.

Helperby were restricted to 147-9 batting first before Ouseburn made the total with four wickets spare inside 33 overs, finishing it with a six.

Darley picked up a first victory of the season in a dramatic encounter at West Tanfield.

Duncan Naylor scored a half century and Rob Hainsworth chipped in with 39 as Darley made 186-9.

Tanfield’s fight looked lost at 108-9 before Angus Shaw smashed four sixes in 53. However, his efforts were not enough as time ran out with the total six runs short.

Alne dropped onto the bottom of the table following a five-wicket defeat in a shortened clash against Hampsthwaite.

Rob Proudley was the mainstay of Alne’s opening knock with 74 but long-term partners were hard to find as his side ended up on 129-9,

Lahiru Dissanyaka smashed 41 from the top of the order as Hamps’ reached the target in 35 overs, despite collapsing from 61-0 to 81-5.

The clash between Knaresborough Forest and Pateley Bridge was brought to a premature end with visitors Bridge on 52-0 from 12 overs.

In Division Two, early leaders Blubberhouses needed just 23.1 overs to reach Dacre Banks’ meagre total of 132 to secure a six-wicket triumph.

Thomas Scott-Smith hammered 75 from 62 deliveries for Dacre but his side were blunted by a five-wicket haul from Blubbs’ overseas man, Micah Campbell.

Campbell added a half century to his efforts, while Bash Khan scored a brisk 42 to earn victory for Blubbs.

Masham also made it two wins in succession thanks to Craig Broadley’s deadly opening spell. Broadley took 5-15 as Scotton mustered 118-8 from the initial 45 overs and Masham made light work of the total with wicketkeeper Andrew Smith scoring 52.

Goldsborough made it three teams with a perfect record in a 56-run win at Markington.

After compiling 175-6, Golds bowled their hosts out for just 129 inside 33 overs.

Harrogate 3rds got their campaign off the ground with a comfortable win over bottom club Thornton-le-Moor.

Australian Jordan Marshall top-scored with 42 as Harrogate battled to 158-8 at St George’s Road.

Marshall took the new ball and added three wickets to his man of the match performance, as Thornton fell for just 107.

Newby Hall grabbed victory over Studley Royal 2nds in a low-scoring derby. Michael Litterbach looked to have claimed the initiative for Royal as his six wickets bowled Newby out for just 97 in the opening knock.

However, Royal failed to click with the bat and after losing both openers with the score still in single figures, they were bowled out for just 70.

Lewis Day (31) was the only batsman to make a start as Dave Henstock (3-10) and Dan Herron (312) shared three wickets apiece.

In the division’s other game, Raskelf’s tailenders held their nerve to beat Ripley by three wickets in a low-scoring game.

Ripley went at less than three runs as over in making 127-7 and Raskelf reached the target with 15 balls to spare.