Sun brings out best in Woodhouse

The advent of some warm and sunny weather has greatly enhanced the cricket season and brought some positive results to Woodhouse Grange CC.

Woodhouse Grange 120-2 (Bilton 63*)

Easingwold 118 (Hadfield 3-31, Burdett 2-29)

The first team, after having three games washed out, maintained their 100 per cent winning record in the other three by comfortably beating Easingwold by eight wickets.

Batting first, Easingwold started brightly as Paul Skilbeck crashed five boundaries in his 20 before being bowled by a well concealed slower ball from Richard Mann. Steve Burdett (2-29 in 19 overs) and Nick Hadfield (3-31 in 17 overs) then exerted complete control as the batting side were reduced to 79-8. Two sharp run outs added to the fielding display as Tom Quinn wrapped up the innings with two wickets after a mildly annoying ninth-wicket stand took the visitors to 118 all out.

Chris Bilton completely dominated the reply with 63 not out from 72 balls, with seven fours, as Woodhouse came home after only 28.1 overs at 120-2.

Woodhouse Grange 193-5 (Burdett 63, Bilton 42, Young 41)

Clifton Alliance 101-9 (Horner 3-29)

Earlier in the week, the first team had made progress in the Sawkill Cup by raising a remarkable 193-5 in only 16 eight-ball overs against Clifton Alliance.

Mike Burdett (63), Chris Bilton (42) and Tom Young (41) led the way before the visitors were reduced to 101-9, Andrew Horner taking 3-29.

New Earswick 179-8 (Freeman 71*; Shepherd 3-30)

Woodhouse Grange 180-0 (Anderson 85*, Bean 84*)

The newly-promoted second team have had a remarkable start to the season. Following two wash-outs they have won four consecutive games to sit joint top of the table.

On Saturday, they visited New Earswick, where the home side reached 179-8 batting first. Andy Freeman with 71 not out was the mainstay of their effort, well supported with 27 from Nigel Pepper. The principal Woodhouse bowler was again Matthew Shepherd with 3-30. He has now taken 14 league wickets in just four matches.

The Woodhouse opening pair completely dominated to take their side to a ten-wicket victory at 180-0. Jonathon Bean (84 not out) and Andrew Anderson (85 not out) played an array of powerful shots as they reached their target in only 31 overs.

Woodhouse Grange 195-8 (Craven 56; Main 5-47)

Rowntrees 164-9 (Horner 49; Chapman 6-33)

The third team enjoyed the most competitive game of the weekend, against Rowntrees first team. Woodhouse recorded 195-8 in their 45 overs, thanks to Stuart Craven (56), Dan Wilson (34) and Marcus Smith (23) as Andy Main took 5-47 for the visitors.

Rowntrees replied in style as Paul Horner crashed 49, but credit to the Woodhouse bowlers who did well to drag the situation back. This was largely due to spinner Jack Chapman who took 6-33.

At the end, Rowntrees were down to their last pair at 164-9 but a closely-fought match finished as a draw.

Woodhouse 26 points, Rowntrees 12 points.

The Bank Holiday weekend next week sees a host of cricket. On Saturday, all four league sides play, with the first and fourth teams at home. On Sunday, the first team visit Sheriff Hutton Bridge in the National Village Cup (1.30pm start), while on Monday the first team play again, at home to Fenners in the Hunters Premier League Cup (2pm start). Tuesday is a beer match and Jubilee social against a team from The St. Vincent Arms (2pm start).