Londesborough Park

Malton and Old Malton 151-6 (M Linsley 61; Youngman 4-51)

Londesborough Park 137-9 (Lewis 63)

Charlie Rook’s men finally donned the whites at Malton.

An entertaining encounter saw Malton and Old Malton post 151-6, half of which came from Mrs Linsley’s boys Stephen (22) and Michael (61) whilst Danny Foxton chipped in with 31.

The Park’s youth policy saw the welcome return of Yogi Youngman to first team action and he produced the best bowling return of 4-51, Rich Foster being the other wicket taker.

The Park’s reply was steady, mini collapse, back on course and finally an attempt to lose, but the contest ended in a draw as the Park’s response reached 137-9, due principally to a fine 63 from Ben Lewis.

Londesborough Park 91

York 83 (Beales 48)

York third XI provided the opposition for the first playable home fixture. A predictable slow and green wicket made runs as easy to get as a Greek bank loan and, despite occupying the crease for 44.1 overs, the Park could only muster 91, Big Bird (22), Ian Hodson (17) and Yogi Youngman (14) being the only batsmen to register double figures.

Sam Beales (48) led the York reply and, at 50-2, they appeared to have the game in the bag. However, Yogi and skipper Charlie Rook had other ideas and, with three and five wickets respectively, cleaned up the opposition for 83 to earn a remarkable eight-run victory.

Londesborough Park 203-6 (J Williamson 43, G Drewery 42, C Rook 38)

Clifton Alliance 82 (P Youngman 6-31, R Foster 3-27)

Last Saturday’s fixture at Clifton Alliance saw the Park invited to bat in desperately cold conditions on a hard, but slow, used wicket.

Despite the early loss of Sam Medley, Big Bird and Greg Drewery laid the foundation for a useful score. Big Bird finally departed with 43 but Charlie Rook maintained the momentum taking the score to 117 before losing partner Greg for 42. The middle order of James Beevers (19 not out), the ‘Ginger One’ (12), Michael Drewery (14) and some lusty blows from the ‘Pilot’ (15 not out) all added to Charlie’s 38 to post a very competitive total of 203-6.

After the usual splendid fare at Clifton, host openers John Myers and John Hetherton (16) set off at a rate of knots until the latter was caught by Big Bird to give Rich Foster his first wicket, soon to be followed by his second as he bowled Townson for six.

Yogi had York three down when he bowled Parkinson for a duck, then did it all himself to claim the key wicket of Myers (21) with a caught and bowled dismissal. Resistance from Harrison (15) was short lived as Fossy took his tally to three and, following the run out of Wray, the York tail had no answer to Yogi as he wrapped up the contest with figures of 6-31, the hosts dismissed for a meagre 82 without the bowling prowess of the Ginger One having to be deployed.

This victory sees the Park handily placed third in division two. Thanks to the match ball sponsors of the first three games Bengal Brasserie, R Hornsey & Sons and Hagstons Carpets.

Londesborough Park 66

Selby 141-6 (Bowden 64)

The Park second XI’s stop-start season finally struck up at home to Selby second XI. With several senior players unavailable, skipper Tom Williamson selected four under-15 players together with past performer Eddie Rook. With only three recognised batsmen at his disposal, Tom unsurprisingly elected to field when winning the toss.

Rob Sawyer struck early to dismiss Townend for a duck and bowled tightly with 14-year-old Joe Shingles to stifle the Selby attack. The pressure told as Joe and brother Ben Shingles combined to produce two run outs. The Robster struck again to reduce the visitors to 22-4 but senior pro Bowden (64) turned the innings around and, despite a tidy 10-over spell from Liam Barlow, Charlie Cartwright’s first bowl in senior cricket which produced two wickets including a sharp caught and bowled and a splendid full-length diving catch by Steve Dawson and two late wickets for Joe, Selby closed on a useful 141-6.

Park openers Tim Stephenson and Sam Dodd opened up with a 28-run partnership before Tim was adjudged lbw. Steve Dawson and Sam took the total to 48 before the latter was bowled for 21. Carnage then ensued as the Park lost four wickets, including Dawson (18) for the addition of just two runs. The lower order stemmed the rapid flow of wickets but struggled to make a telling impact on the runs column and Sherwood finally claimed his fifth wicket to condemn the Park to 66 all out.

Londesborough Park 143-8 (D Howard 31, I Hodson 27; K Koetzee 3-30)

Thirsk 144-5 (R Kirby 60, M Cook 48, J Howie 25*)

Thirsk second XI were the visitors to Londesborough Park last weekend. With one or two more batsmen at their disposal, the Park produced a solid performance with the bat as contributions from Dan ‘The Man’ Howard (31), Ian Hodson (27), Edward Lake (22), Steve Dawson (16) and extras (25) resulted in a competitive tally of 143-8.

Rob Sawyer produced his usual solid spell of nine overs taking 2-33, both his victims failing to score, but Mark Cook (48) and former Northallerton player Richard Kirby (60) put Thirsk in command of the game. When they were dismissed by Dan Howard and Richard Wilson respectively, Jamie Howie with an unbeaten 25 was able to steer the visitors to a comfortable five-wicket victory.

The club is grateful to the second XI match ball sponsors to date, M W Windows and XYZ Printers.