Nidderdale League: Star of David shines on Ouseburn to maintain pressure on leaders

Hampsthwaite's Richard Barrett. (1507252AM6)
Hampsthwaite's Richard Barrett. (1507252AM6)

David Cummings enjoyed a day to live long in the memory as he maintained Ouseburn’s faint title hopes with a man of the match display at Blubberhouses.

Cummings smashed a century and claimed six wickets to lead Ouseburn to a 110-run victory.

The all-rounder hammered 15 fours and two sixes in his 110 as he shared a 202-run second wicket partnership with Sam Dale.

The pair’s stand was worth 37 more than all 11 of Blubbs’ batsmen put together as Cummings whittled away the lower order to bring the game to an early conclusion

With Blubberhouses reaching 92-3, Cummings bowled a devastating six over spell as Blubbs’ crashed to 165 all out.

Fifteen points remains the difference between the top two sides in the Nidderdale League, with only seven weeks left for Ouseburn to surmount the gap against Pannal.

Pannal were far from their best in a rain-reduced match against Alne on Saturday but still collected a victory by 40 runs.

Andrew Taylor was the only home batsmen to raise a half-century as Pannal finished up on 204-9 from their 41 overs, Toby Stirke the main man in the attack with 4-51.

Alne slipped to 35-3 in response, and despite Luke Vincent’s unbeaten 60, wickets tumbled too often around him as the visitors ended on 164-9.

Helperby are hanging onto the leaders’a coattails but lost ground at the weekend as rain scuppered their victory charge. Helperby had Darley nine wickets down in their defence of 203-7 when rain halted proceedings. Dan Spink topscored for Help’ with 79 while Wade McKenzie made 49 in Darley’s 168-9.

Shaun Brentnall (106) and Sam Dabin (121) went six-crazy as Hampsthwaite amassed a match-winning 306-8 to halt Newby Hall’s resurgence.

The pair shared a stand of 132 for the second wicket as they shared 13 maximums between them throughout the innings.

Captain Lenny McKittrick (4-34) ensured there would not be a Newby fightback with four wickets after Robbie Jamieson (3-44) had done the hard work to remove the top order.

Killinghall were unable to post a high enough total to stop Bishop Thornton’s batsmen taking a five-point victory.

Josh Chandler rewarded Bishop captain Rob Nelson’s decision to bowl first as he took a five-wicket haul to restrict Killie to 195-9. Matt Williams (53) and Ben Cutts (52) were the top run scorers for Killinghall.

Will Wray became the third man of the afternoon to reach a half-century as Bishop reached the total inside 35 overs with four wickets in hand.

Pat Gannon struck 22 boundaries and a six to help Spofforth beat Burton Leonard by 63 runs.

Graham Squires (50) and James Keane (45) added to Gannon’s innings of 114 as Spofforth made 300-8 in 45 overs. Leonard were unable to accelerate their innings as they ended on 237-9, with Nicky Smith (65) leading the innings.

Australian Aaron Brunner blazed his seventh century of the summer to take his incredible haul of league runs for Knaresborough Forest up to 1,260 on Saturday.

Brunner cleared the ropes 16 times in a magnificent innings of 197 as the Trees clocked up 435-4 against Lofthouse and Middlesmoor.

Matt Clapperton also amassed a century in the 271-run victory, striking four sixes of his own. Jack Martin then took five wickets as Lofthouse made 164-9 in reply, Paul Kennedy scoring exactly half of the runs.

West Tanfield remain on top of the tree after Angus Shaw (4-36) inspired a four-wicket win over Dacre Banks (135ao).

Shaun Van Dam’s century set second-place Pateley Bridge towards 232-9, a total they defended by just 13 runs against Masham. Three wickets apiece for Tom Mann, Thomas Simpson and Colin Chadwick halted Masham on 219.

Ian Robinson (130no) carried his bat as Ripley chased down 251 against Birstwith, who had Pete Hardisty (104no) and George Hirst (61) to thank for recovering them from 38-5.

Damon Ive topscored with 63 as Goldsborough (211/6) saw off Scotton (149/9), while Studley Royal 2nds got a morale-boosting four-wicket win over neighbours and bottom of the table rivals Ripon 2nds.

Oliver Simenacz (57no) chased down Ripon’s low total of 149-8.