Young to the fore with bat and ball for Woodhouse Grange CC

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The torrential showers of the weekend washed out all four of Woodhouse Grange Cricket Club’s League fixtures on Saturday, as well as their Davidstow National Village Cup fixture at Sheriff Hutton Bridge on Sunday. Not a ball was bowled in any of the five games.

Beverley were the only team who managed to complete a win in the Hunters York Senior League Premier Division and this victory compresses the top of the table with only two points covering the top four sides.

After a weekend with no cricket, the game returned with a bang for Woodhouse Grange’s Tom Young on Bank Holiday Monday.

In the Hunters Premier League Cup game against Sessay he hit a blistering 106 not out and then claimed three wickets as Woodhouse came home by 32 runs in a very entertaining game.

Invited to bat first on a damp wicket, Woodhouse lost two wickets in the first over to Richard Till. Steady recovery was made by Nick Hadfield (29) and Mike Burdett, but at 60 both were also dismissed.

Two further cheap wickets were lost to Joseph Watson and, at 94-6 with only ten overs left, Woodhouse looked in real trouble. Enter Tom Young and Chris Suddaby and an amazing transformation took place.

The pair put on 107 in an unbeaten seventh wicket stand in these last 10 overs. Young hit 106 not out with 10 sixes and his second fifty coming off only 16 balls. Suddaby (26 not out) played an intelligent part in the partnership, feeding his more aggressive partner the strike.

Together they raised their side to a respectable 201-6 in 40 overs.

Sessay replied brightly with an opening stand of 67 between Mark Wilkie (28) and Matthew Till. Woodhouse didn’t help themselves by conceding a large number of wides and dropping catches.

It was their spin bowlers who returned some semblance of order as Nick Hadfield and Chris Suddaby took wickets and Josh Jackson bowled a mean spell of only 18 runs off his eight overs.

Joseph Watson top-scored for Sessay with 31, but the return of the quick bowlers at the death proved too much for them with wickets for Steve Burdett and Tom Quinn while Tom Young claimed 3-27 to round off a brilliant day for himself as the opposition were bowled out for 169.

In the quarter-finals, Woodhouse Grange are at home to Stamford Bridge on Sunday 29 June.

Next Saturday sees the two teams who are equal top of the league table, Fenner and Woodhouse Grange, clash in East Hull (1pm start).

The Woodhouse second team are at home to Thirsk first team, the third team are at home to York fourths, while the fourth team visit Copmanthorpe Seconds.

On Sunday 1 June, the Davidstow National Village Cup game will be replayed at Sutton on Derwent (1.30pm start).