Cricket: Easingwold’s last pair deny Woodhouse Grange firsts another victory

For the second week running, Woodhouse Grange first team were denied a League victory by the opponents’ last pair holding on as they gained an advantage draw at Easingwold.

After being 18-2, Woodhouse’s innings was established by a 112-run third wicket partnership between Mike Burdett (44) and Chris Bilton.

Bilton batted brilliantly to equal his best ever league total with 98 not out, an innings containing 12 fours and a six.

Tom Young added later fireworks with three sixes in his 37 as Woodhouse reached 212-5 in a rain-reduced 46 overs. Andrew Metcalfe took 3-35 for the home side.

Easingwold’s reply started strongly as cousins Martin and Stephen Piercy put on 52 in 11 overs for the first wicket.

When they were dismissed, wickets fell regularly in the face of fine bowling by Steve Burdett (4-36) and Andrew Horner (2-32) and Easingwold fell to 99-7.

Recovery came from big hitting by Andrew Metcalfe (45) but their last pair still had to hold out for the last nine balls, as the match was drawn.

The heroes back at Sutton on Derwent, as the second team won their third consecutive match, were groundsman Mike Suddaby’s fine wicket (467 runs in 79 overs) and Mike Hattee who took a career best 6-40 and then scored 97 not out.

Opponents Hornsea raised a good total of 232-8 in 40 overs as Paul Clappison top-scored with 70.

With nearly six an over to chase, Hattee, the elder of three cricketing brothers, held firm as Matthew Shepherd (77) and Richard Winterburn (43) crashed runs around him.

At 235-3, a memorable victory was achieved with just seven balls left.

If Hattee was the star man for the seconds, then wicketkeeper-batsman Dan Wilson did the same for the third team in their six-wicket win over Pocklington seconds.

He took three catches as the visitors were reduced to 138-7 in their 35 overs.

There were three wickets for Ben Alport as Joss Room top-scored with 35, then Dan Wilson top-scored with 62 not out in a fine partnership with his brother, Luke Wilson (39).

Woodhouse reached 139-4 with three overs to spare.

The fourth team bowled steadily at Malton as Rebecca Ainley took 3-14 in the home team’s 130-9, but the batting collapsed to 62 all out in the face of N.Lock’s 5-6 in 5.5 overs.

Next Saturday sees the first team at home to Sewerby, the second team away to Hul.

The thirds are at home to Thorp Arch while the fourth team play Selby at Bishop Wilton CC.

On Sunday, the first team visit Fairburn as they open their 2013 National Village Cup campaign, in which they reached the final last year.