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Langbaurgh League: Harlsey confirmed as the champions
1:23pm Friday 20th September 2013 in Sport
EAST Harlsey finally confirmed their status as outright champions, but by the time a desperately close onewicket victory over battling Broughton was achieved there were a few nerve endings on show.
Harlsey went into the final day knowing the worst thing that could happen was that they would take a share of the title if they lost and Moorsholm won, and when they had held visitors Broughton to a total of 88-8 made in 40 painstaking overs they were confident enough to put the bubbly on ice while the tea pots were being washed up.
But nothing is simple, and a dramatic late collapse saw four wickets go down for three runs before last man Simon Hill cracked a titlewinning boundary to scenes of unbridled joy.
Broughton crawled through the first part of the afternoon, Andrew Darcy (33) and Stephen Tait (21) the only men to get into double figures as Simon Hill (3-8), Dave Willey (2-17 from 13 overs) and Jonathan Cleary (2-7) pinned them down to their modest total.
And Harlsey appeared in full control as they eased their way to 70-4, but then Jonathan Bateman’s dismissal for 42 signalled a change in mood, and with Chris Lane bagging 6-35 the innings imploded to 87-9 before Hill climbed the final mountain with his famous four.
There was just as much drama at the opposite end of the table as New Marske crashed to their expected defeat at Moorsholm to open up an escape route for Crathorne, and they duly scambled through it as they blasted Stafford Place away by 96 runs, Chris Marshall (76), Martin Lane (6-19) and Ben Gibbons (4-25) their last day heroes. New Marske now accompany Ingleby Greenhow into Division Two.
With Hutton Rudby already up as champions, the second promotion spot came down to a straight head to head between Scruton and Swainby, and what a game that turned out to be with Swainby looking to be in the driving seat after whipping out their hosts for 77, but then dissolving in a heap in the final moments of the season.
Another top-notch bowling display from Stewart Gallagher looked to have Swainby on the way up – he took eight wickets for 38 runs as the home team were skittled in 33 overs, Ian Place (23) and Brian Barritt (20) the only men to make double figures.
But then Glenn Hilton (5-24 in 15.3 overs) and Barry Butler (4-28) came up trumps for Scruton as the forlorn visitors crashed to 58 all out.
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