For the third time in five league matches, Woodhouse Grange first team were held up by the opponents’ last pair battling out for a draw at Acomb on Saturday.
Batting first, Woodhouse were in a comfortable position at 140-2 after contrasting half-centuries by Nick Hadfield (51) and Chris Bilton (58).
Then came the collapse as seven wickets fell for only 36 runs. Rash shots seeking to up the scoring rate and three suicidal run outs were the main cause, added to some fine spin bowling by Joe Dale, who took 3-42 in 15 overs.
Woodhouse totalled a below par 176-9 in their 50 overs.
Fortunately, tight bowling also made scoring difficult for the home side. Skipper Steve Burdett again led the way with 3-24 in 13 overs but all bowlers helped to apply the stranglehold as only Matt Dickenson (30) made any headway and wickets fell at regular intervals.
As Acomb reached 120-9 with three overs left, there looked to be only one result, but the last pair survived to claim an honourable draw.
Woodhouse 23 points, Acomb 7 points.
After two and a half years unbeaten in a league game, Woodhouse Grange’s second team lost their magnificent record when they went down to Londesborough Park first team by four wickets.
Batting first, Woodhouse made a good start, thanks to 39 by Mike Hattee, but their batting also collapsed, thanks to fine bowling by Darren Moody (3-26) and Richard Foster (3-37).
Only an eighth wicket stand between Scott Shepherd (25 not out) and Jack Chapman lifted them to 133-9 in their 45 overs.
Although this was clearly a below-par score, the bowlers worked hard to redeem the situation. Despite 33 from Greg Drewery, the visitors were reduced to 99-6 as Richard Hollingsworth took 3-34.
The decisive unbeaten seventh wicket stand was between Nathan Saltmer (39 not out) and Michael Drewery, as Londesborough Park came home in the penultimate over at 135-6.
The third team had a good win at Carlton Towers to rise to second place in their division, as a camera team was making a documentary about Woodhouse veterans Stuart Craven and Russell Bilton.
Bilton came up trumps with 4-29 as Carlton Towers seconds were restricted to 158-9, with two wickets each for Sam Shipley and Will Proctor. Seventeen year-old debutant Proctor also made a good first impression with the bat as he scored 44 in the Woodhouse reply.
This was eclipsed by the Woodhouse skipper, Marcus Smith, whose fine innings of 76 led his team to a six wicket victory at 162-4.
The fourth team secured their first win of the season with their best batting display.
Hitting 200 all out in their 40 overs, there were half-centuries for Gary Bell and skipper Paul Townsley. Bell, another debutant, scored 57 from 54 balls with six fours and two sixes while Townsley’s 53 came from 53 balls with seven fours and a six.
Opponents Thorp Arch and Boston Spa replied strongly and reached 194-8 in an exciting finish as the young Woodhouse bowlers shared the wickets.
Next weekend sees two tough games for the first team. On Saturday they host Sheriff Hutton Bridge who are two points above them in the Premier Division table, and on Sunday they visit the League leaders, Studley Royal, in the National Village Cup.
The second team visit Thirsk on Saturday, while the thirds are away to Copmanthorpe and the fourths are at home to Hirst Courtney.