Cricket: Woodhouse Grange victorious in Yorkshire Champions Trophy

On Saturday, Woodhouse Grange first team pulled off a magnificent victory in the Black Sheep Yorkshire Cricket Champions Trophy.

This competition is open only to the winners of the top eight Leagues in Yorkshire.

Representing the Hunters York Senior League, Woodhouse Grange were drawn away to Treeton from Rotherham, champions of the South Yorkshire League.

Batting first, Treeton imposed a massive score of 284-7 in their 50 overs. Gareth Davis (51) and Steve Foster put on 105 for the first wicket.

Foster went on to 116 in a third wicket stand of 99 with Danny Kemp (49). Chris Suddaby took 4-58, but Woodhouse, missing four front-line bowlers, were generally put to the sword.

The second half was a different story as their young batsmen exacted their revenge in a fine display of strokeplay. Mike Hattee (34) and Andrew Bilton (25) put on 56 for the first wicket.

Chris Bilton (73 off 73 balls) and Tom Young (42 with three sixes) added 97 for the third wicket.

Then came Andrew Anderson who made 75 not outoff only 50 balls with eight fours and remarkable sprinting between the wickets.

Woodhouse reached their difficult target at 285-7 off 47.1 overs in a startling victory.

In the semi-final they have a home draw against Woodlands (Bradford League) orWhitley Hall (the holders).

On Sunday, the first team were denied a deserved victory when the Clifton Alliance last pair blocked out for the final 5.3 overs to secure a draw. Woodhouse’s 212-8 owed a lot to a composed 79 by Andrew Bilton before Tom Young added 37 and Steve Burdett 59 off 60 balls.

Scott Hopkinson took 4-64 for Clifton.

Clifton’s reply was blown apart by Tom Quinn’s magnificent bowling of 15-8-17-4, supported by 3-23 by Josh Jackson, as they held on at 141-9. Woodhouse 24 points, Clifton Alliance 7 points.

The second team completed their second successive victory in their new league after two promotions in two years.

A good team effort saw them record 204-8 in 45 overs.

Luke Cattle contributed 47, Matthew Shepherd 46, Marcus Smith 45 and Scott Shepherd 29 not out.

Thorp Arch and Boston Spa were never in contention as they were bowled out for 136. Richard Hollingsworth took 4-43 and there were two wickets each for Scott Shepherd and Russell Bilton.

The third team were bowled out for a lowly 86 at Whitkirk, near Leeds.

Ashley Cattle scored nearly half the runs with 40.

The home team lost three wickets before reaching their total at 90-3.

The fourth team subsided to 58-5 against Thorpe Willoughby before William Blackburn (38 not out) and Steve Ainley (29 not out) added an unbeaten 60 for the sixth wicket to lift them to 118-5.

Woodhouse bowlers kept things tight at first before Saleem Hussain broke loose with 55 not out and the 
visitors reached their target at 120-2.

Next Saturday sees two early season table-topping encounters.

In the Premier Division Woodhouse first team (second) visit Easingwold (league leaders), while the second team entertain Hornsea, both sides with two wins out of two.

The third team are at home to Pocklington seconds, while the fourth team visit Malton and Old Malton fourths.