Inshore Fisheries Langbaurgh League

SCRUTON’S flying start to top flight life continued apace as they racked up their second win from the opening two games, but they had little to play with on tis occasion as Hartlepool Power Station were finally switched off just four runs short of success.

The new boys were indebted to former Northallerton opening batsman Ian Place who made an invaluable 40, a patient knock that included just three boundaries but enabled his side to register a semi-respectable 111. Trevor Mavin was the pick of Power’s attack taking 4 for 36.

Runs were equally hard to come by as the visitors began their reply, and when their first eight batsmen mustered just 39 runs between them all looked lost. Gary Crawley (28), aided first by Mavin and then number eleven Andrew Tweed (17no), revived Pools and took them to within sight of a dramatic last over victory, but with three balls left Harry Dick (3-49) did the trick and Andy Wilson’s 20 over stint, which earned him figures of 5-45, was properly rewarded.

Following a first week hiccup champions East Harlsey got back on track rattling up a huge 259-3 away at Sigston. Andy Maguire (62), Rob Bellerby (63) and DaveWilley (85 not out) put the home side to the sword and, despite Rob Cowton’s 58, Willey (4-18) and Aaron Ramsbottom (3-14) consigned them to a 117-run defeat.

Bowler Liam Crooks took star billing at Moorsholm where Broughton were the visitors. In an unchanged spell of 12.3 overs he took 7-30, including five victims who were clean bowled as Broughton capitulated for 70. Moorsholm then romped to victory by 8 wickets with Robbie Haw’s run a ball 33 not out hurrying them to their target.

Kildale were another side who were skittled out for a low total, their tormentors being Stafford Place who rolled them over for 68, Michael Vout heading the rout with four cheap wickets before his unbeaten 20 eased his team to a seven wicket victory. And in the day’s other top flight match John Putson (82no and 3-18) was the star of Crathorne’s comfortable 37-run victory over Hutton Rudby.

In Division Two Norton crushed Chop Gate with Tahir Javed’s 80 not out and Mark Congdon’s remarkable 4 wickets for 1 run largely accounting for the home side’s demise. Runs were scarce at Hutton Rudby B who made 81 before Skelton Castle just managed to overcome that target for the loss of nine wickets.

New Marske scrambled to 114 -8 thanks to Jon Graham’s unbeaten half century, but this proved far too many for a Swainby side who were steam rollered for just 43 with Tim Broome sweeping up five wickets for 16 runs. Harlsey B were sent back for just 85 with Thimbleby then knocking that target off for just two wickets, Matt Fishburn the man in form with three wickets and 45 not out, and Ingleby Greenhow defeated Power Station B by 5 wickets, Michael Jones’ half century the key contribution.