Woodhouse Grange first and second teams were both successful on Saturday to extend their 100% winning starts to the new cricket season.
The first team hosted an interesting Sewerby side boosted by two new players with Yorkshire League experience.
Invited to bat first, Sewerby lost a wicket in the first over and found the going difficult facing tight spells from Andrew Horner and Steve Burdett.
Russell Robinson, holder of the League’s best batsman award from last season, improved their position with a cultured 64, including seven fours and two sixes.
He received some support from Mike Artley (29) and his brother Richard Robinson (27 not out), but the Woodhouse bowlers were generally in control.
The left-arm spinners, Josh Jackson (2-46 in 14 overs) and Nick Hadfield (3-45 in 11 overs) were instrumental in this.
Skipper Steve Burdett deserves credit for bowling them in tandem throughout the innings and not returning to his seamers.
They restricted the opposition to 174-8 in their 50 overs.
Andrew Bilton (23) gave Woodhouse a bright start to their reply, but at 70-4 the result could have gone either way.
It was left to two of the younger batsmen to forge an excellent unbeaten fifth-wicket partnership of 105.
Chris Bilton made 76 not out with seven fours and a six, and he was well supported by Mike Hattee with a solid 39 not out.
Woodhouse came home by six wickets at 175-4 with six overs left.
The second team staged an excellent batting response against York thirds to win an exciting high-scoring game at Clifton Park with just one over left.
York made 203-8 in their 45 overs as B.Horseman and S.Kasi each hit half centuries.
The most successful Woodhouse bowler was Scott Shepherd who took 3-50.
Scott’s fine start to the season saw him deservedly called up to the first team on Sunday.
Woodhouse needed to bat well to knock off such an imposing target.
They did it with an impressive all-round team effort as Marcus Smith scored 49, Matthew Durkin 45, while Matthew Shepherd added 33.
They reached their target at 204-8 in the 44th over.
The third and fourth teams were both hit by a large number of players being unavailable or calling off , probably due to the Bank Holiday weekend.
Congratulations to both captains for working so hard to field full teams.
Inevitably these teams contained a number of very young and inexperienced cricketers, and the result was two resounding defeats.
Thank you to all our junior cricketers for turning out.
Despite the results we hope you enjoyed your opportunity to play open age cricket.
The third team lost by nine wickets to Sheriff Hutton Bridge seconds.
Stuart Craven was the only player to reach double figures with 19 not out, while Kevin Smith took the only wicket to fall, a stumping by young Matthew Ainley.
The fourth team were resoundingly beaten by Bolton Percy seconds by 223 runs.
Congratulations to Matthew Robertson for taking the only two wickets to fall.
Next Saturday sees the first team visit Studley Royal, near Ripon, the second team at home to Dringhouses, the third team home to Castleford seconds and the fourths away to Pocklington seconds.
On Sunday, the first team are away to Spofforth in the Davidstow National Village Cup (1pm start) while the Under-13s visit Malton - another Woodhouse team attempting to continue their 100% winning start to the season.
Please come and support.