Nidderdale League: Pannal hit the turn 11 points clear as Knaresborough Forest lead promotion pack

Ouseburn 2nds v Wath and Melmerby (Photo: Barry Gill)
Ouseburn 2nds v Wath and Melmerby (Photo: Barry Gill)

Pannal go into the second half of the Nidderdale League campaign with an 11-point gap at the top of the table after holding firm against Helperby on Saturday.

The Harrogate side have won 10 of 11 fixtures this summer and are sitting pretty above reigning champions Ouseburn.

Brothers Andy (44) and Rob Ellis (79) shared an 87-run opening partnership before Helperby’s four-pronged attack checked the progress.

Ellis fell at 176-5 with work still to do, but impetus from John Strover (47no) and Ollie Driver’s 11-ball 31 not out took Pannal to 252/6.

The late hitting proved vital as Helperby came us 22 runs short, with Dan Marston (53) topscoring.

Ouseburn jumped above the defeated Helperby and back into second with a 139-run win against Bishop Thornton.

Jamie Bryant led the early scoring with 52 before Morrison (57no) chipped in with a useful half century. Josh Chandler was the pick of the Bishop’s attack with three wickets.

He was soon put in the shadows, though, as Russell Robshaw and Bryant (4-49) ripped through the Thornton order at will. Robshaw ended with six wickets for 36 runs in a fiery 10-over spell, with Thornton bowled out for just 86.

At the bottom of the table Newby Hall grabbed their first success of the summer by overhauling Spofforth’s 215/8 with the last pair left at the crease.

Contributions from Joe Horne (42) and James Roberts (45) sent Spofforth to 215/8 from the initial 45 overs. Newby were well on track for victory at 130/1, with Dave Henstock (43), Jim Blackburn (36) and Dave Wallis (53) finding batting comfortable.

Tom Clark’s four wickets transferred the momentum, but tailender Craig Griffin held firm at the death to take Newby home with five balls spare.

Killinghall lost track of the leading four teams with a seven-wicket defeat against Alne. Louis Cox got rid of the top order with four wickets before Luke Vincent snaffled three wickets in four balls to remove the tail.

Alne’s victory was never threatened as Paul Hutchinson scored 87 not out, sharing a century stand with Rob Proudley (38no) in the process.

Sam Dabin’s century was just enough to send Hampsthwaite into celebrations despite Blubberhouses running them close.

Dabin struck 109 as Hamps made 261-8. Bash Khan (65) and Luke Platts (66no) set about the target, but ended up four runs short.

James Townsend crashed 91 in 73 balls as Burton Leonard raced over Darley’s modest total of 172/9.

Rory Best (62) topscored for Darley but the bowlers came out on top, with Max Crompton enjoying figures of 3-30.

As well as Townsend, Ben Robinson compiled 30, with Dan Thirkell (25no) and Sam Crompton (24no) seeing the victory through.

Knaresborough Forest head into the second part of the season on top of Division Two following a comfortable nine-wicket win over Studley Royal.

Stewart Pyke was Forest’s star with the ball as his five wickets tore Studley apart. Overseas Justin Perkins was the only one to stand up to the test as he flashed 15 boundaries in 114.

In pursuit of 198/9, Aaron Brunner showed his class by crashing a fifth century of the summer, With 131 not out, Brunner is now up to 974 runs for the summer.

Birstwith dropped off the top of the table with a 14-run defeat at Scotton.

Dan Major hit 72 from the top of the order and Sam Halliday smacked 52 not out as Scotton posted 192/8.

Craig Armitage led the chase with 63, but his wicket started a collapse and Birstwith lost their last seven wickets for 56 runs, Tom Halliday taking four wickets.

Luke Spence (111) helped Ripley chase down 218 against Dacre Banks.

Steve Lawrence (58) and Stephen Ellison (60no) gave Dacre a strong first innings total, but the bowling attack came up short and Ripley took a four-wicket win.

Miles Sutton was Pateley Bridge’s hero with a 66-ball 81 as they chased down a massive score against West Tanfield.

Andrew Hogan cracked 97 and Andrew Ganderton (57) sent West Tanfield to 262/9. Shaun Van Dam (80) gave Bridge the perfect start in the reply before Sutton saw his side to victory batting with the tail.

Goldsborough hit top form in a nine-wicket triumph over Lofthouse and Middlesmoor. David James (4-56) bowled Lofthouse out for 125 and Mike Cockle (49) and Damon Ive (55no) carved out the win.

Meanwhile, Masham thumped 10-man Ripon 2nds by 232 runs. After making 266/3, Ripon were all out on just 34.