Sheriff Hutton Bridge are early leaders

The York Senior League is still waiting to click into gear following a second week of mass abandonments due to waterlogged pitches as the weather continued to wreck the fixture programme.

A total of 32 games were abandoned without a ball being bowled to add to the 37 games which suffered a similar fate a week earlier. Thus 69 of the 92 games due to be played to date have seen no action whatsoever, whilst only 15 games have been completed in what must be one of the worst starts to a season in the league’s 100 year history.

The unexpected early leaders of the Premier Division are Sheriff Hutton Bridge who had the better of a drawn game with Easingwold, thanks largely to an impressive innings by 14 year-old Matthew Fisher. The Bridge had made a slow start in reaching 33 when the first wicket fell. This brought the Yorkshire Academy player to the crease to join his elder brother Mark. The youngster proceeded to display an array of fluent strokes which saw him reach his half-century off a mere 48 balls in his first innings in the premier division.

Brother Mark had made 40 before he fell when trying to force the pace after the pair had put on just short of a hundred for the second wicket. The younger Fisher also fell in trying to force the pace after making 72. The Bridge then upped the ante as Rob Pinder (25) and the big-hitting Paul Scaling (33no) lifted the total to 195-4.

Easingwold lost two early wickets to Mark Fisher who went on to close with 4-33. Martin Piercy made a solid 33 before former Huby player Mike Mizerwinski (55) and Josh Greenlay, a new signing from Malton (41) saw Easingwold to a draw at 166-6.