Since the inception of the National Village Cricket Cup in 1972 only ten sides have ever exceeded the 388-5 that Woodhouse Grange
scored on Sunday in their 2014 Round Two match against Spofforth.
The 40 overs onslaught was led by Chris Bilton who achieved a career best 157 off only 93 balls with 17 fours and eight sixes. He received excellent support from his brother Andrew (55 off 47 balls), Tom Young (66 not out off 28 balls with seven sixes] and Mike Hattee (53 off 32 balls, with six sixes].
The innings contained three century partnerships as the Bilton brothers put on 102 for the second wicket, C.Bilton and Mike Burdett added 135 for the third wicket, while Young and Hattee made 115 for the fifth wicket.The innings contained 23 sixes in all.
Spofforth were obviously so shell shocked that when they batted they subsided to 20-5 in the first eight overs as Andrew Horner and Steve Burdett took two cheap wickets each. Josh Jackson took two more as seven bowlers in total turned their arm.
The visitors were eventually bowled out for 66. Victory for Woodhouse by 322 runs – the ninth largest winning margin in the 42 years of the competition.
Things will get tougher in the next round when Woodhouse visit Sheriff Hutton Bridge on Sunday at 1.30 pm.
In the League on Sunday, the first team visited Dunnington and came away with an eight-wicket victory which keeps them equal top of the Premier Division.
Batting first, Dunnington’s top scorer was Jack Bolam with 44, assisted by 27 from Kevin Bradley and 26 from Dan Barrett. Returning West Indian legend Collis King was trapped lbw by Steve Burdett for 10.
From 79-2 the home team subsided to 145 all out as David Suddaby and Josh Jackson bowled well in tandem, each claiming identical figures of 4-35 in their 15 overs.
Woodhouse’s reply was led by Andrew Bilton as his 53 contained nine fours in an opening stand of 72. When he left, stumped, his opening partner, Nick Hadfield, saw the side home with 65 not out.
Woodhouse reached 149-2 with more than 12 overs to spare.
The second team failed by just five runs to chase down a Hovingham total of 190-5.
Skipper Paul Grewer bowled well to claim 4-31, but generally the Woodhouse bowling was disappointing as Richard Bowling top scored with 65 and he was well supported by S.Mosey and J.Wainwright.
Woodhouse’s top order contributed 45 from Marcus Smith and 31 from Matthew Shepherd, before a mid innings collapse was caused by four wickets each from Tom Lund and Richard Bowling.
All looked lost, but then came some late order hitting by Tom White (27) and Tom Stubley (22) and Woodhouse finally finished at 185 all out, just five runs short, but still their first defeat of the season.
The third team visited Easingwold seconds and were bowled out for 124 as off-spinner Tom Langstaff claimed remarkable figures of 7-27.
Stuart Craven (38) held him at bay, with a little help from youngsters Luke Wilson (18) and Ben Burdett (17).
When Easingwold replied, spin again held sway as Kevin Smith took 4-49, but R.Alexander (47) saw the hosts home by four wickets at 125-6.
The fourth team conceded 225-5 declared against Tadcaster Magnet seconds in only 40 overs.
There were scores in the 30s and 40s by five batsmen and two wickets each for Pat Durkin and Rebecca Ainley.
The young Woodhouse batters had to face 50 overs to save the game, and led by 32 not out by Pat Durkin they achieved it at 69-7. True grit.
Next Saturday sees League games for all four sides. The first team home to Stamford Bridge, second team away to Harrogate, third team away to Londesborough Park, fourth team home to Dunnington Seconds. Bank Holiday Monday sees the first team at home to Sessay in the Hunters Premier League Cup, 2pm start.