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W'house Grange batting against S'Bridge
W'house Grange batting against S'Bridge

Woodhouse Grange 243-7 (Hadfield 55, Young 54)

Alne 146-6 (Young 2-33)

Woodhouse Grange, visitors to a Lord’s final on four occasions, made the first positive step in the 2012 Yorkshire Tea National Village Cup on Sunday when they defeated Alne by 97 runs.

Electing to bat first, Woodhouse made a good start thanks to Nick Hadfield (55) and Andrew Bilton (30). The fine work was carried on by Chris Bilton (32) and Mike Hattee (30) but the real fireworks came at the end as 93 runs were added in the last seven overs.

Mike Burdett hit two sixes in his 21 not out but the star was Tom Young, whose 54 came off only 27 balls and included five sixes. A large total of 243-7 was set in the 40 overs.

Alne also started brightly and reached 100-2, largely thanks to Nick Johnson (39) before their innings petered out. Tom Young completed a good all-round day taking 2-33 in his nine overs while Andrew Horner and Andrew Bilton also bowled well. When the overs ran out Alne were 146-6.

In the next round, Woodhouse are away to Sheriff Hutton Bridge or Folkton and Flixton on Sunday 3 June.

Stamford Bridge 86 (Hadfield 5-30, Suddaby 4-21)

Woodhouse Grange 143-6

The first team played on a difficult pitch for batting at Stamford Bridge. Nick Hadfield (36) and Mike Burdett (41) worked hard to establish a foothold and Tom Young (19 not out) provided some useful runs at the end, but a total of 143-6 in 50 overs showed how difficult the going was for the usually free-flowing Woodhouse batting line-up. Steve Sergeant and Dominic Rhodes took two wickets each for the home side.

When Stamford Bridge replied, Steve Burdett bowled four consecutive maidens before having to retire with a side strain. In only his second match for the club, Richard Mann again took a wicket in his first over. The bowling was then left in the capable hands of Nick Hadfield and David Suddaby. They frustrated all the batsmen apart from Dave Bradshaw who contributed a fine 45 and was the only home batsman to hit a boundary. Hadfield bowled 19.2 overs to claim 5-30 while Suddaby supported with 4-21 in 12 overs.

Andrew Horner pulled off an excellent athletic catch as Stamford lost their last five wickets for just seven runs, the final victim falling to a stumping in the last over as they slumped to 86 all out.

Woodhouse Grange 169-7 (Fawcett 5-40)

Sheriff Hutton 79 (Shepherd 5-19)

The second team batted first at home against Sheriff Hutton first team. There were good contributions from Jonathon Bean (42), Andrew Anderson (24) and Richard Winterburn (37) in a total of 169-7 as Wayne Fawcett took 5-40 in 11 overs.

In Sheriff Hutton’s reply, Chris Megone made 24 against the customary tight bowling of Paul Grewer. When Matthew Shepherd came on he really ripped through them, taking 5-19 in his ten overs.

There were also wickets for spinners Ryan Pepper and Chris Suddaby as the visitors were dismissed for a total of 79 - a win for Woodhouse by 90 runs and a third consecutive victory for them in York Senior League division three, keeping them at the top of the table.

Dunnington 221-6 (Barrett 100, Millington 55; Cooper 3-35)

Woodhouse Grange 175-6 (Saltmer 50*)

The third team visited Dunnington seconds and conceded a large total of 221-6 thanks to a hundred from Dunnington newcomer Dan Barrett and 55 from Mike Millington. Dudley Cooper took 3-35 for Woodhouse.

The visitors made a manful reply as Stuart Craven scored 45 and 13 year-old Nathan Saltmer added his first senior half-century with 50 not out. Jack LeHuray claimed three wickets for the home side. Woodhouse finished on 175-6. Match drawn.

Next Saturday’s league matches see the first team at home to Easingwold and the third team at home to Rowntrees, while the second team visit New Earswick.

The Vale League has a Cup Saturday but the fourth team are without a game, having lost in the preliminary round.