The complete Foss Evening League programme suffered a wash out in the final week of the season, ensuring jubilation in clubs who claimed championships and promotions and disappointment for those who suffered relegation without being able to fight for survival.
With Stamford Bridge already having claimed the league title, it was a case of whether Pocklington or Londesborough Park, both in their first season back in the top flight, would suffer relegation to the second tier. With the rain, it meant the Park Farm side dropped back to division two.
Division one’s best batting performance came from Dunnington’s Jack Bolam (92* vs Pocklington) and best bowling from Martin Boothroyd of Heworth (6-5 vs Pocklington).
In division two, Osbaldwick were already confirmed as champions.
Westow and Stockton & Hopgrove, both promoted from division three last year, were battling to get to the top flight for the first time.
The rain confirmed it would be Westow who gained the second successive promotion, pipping Stockton who had been in the promotion places for all but the last two weeks of the season.
Melbourne suffered the same fate as Londesborough, relegated to the bottom tier without being able to fight for a result.
Bishopthorpe, The Retreat and Yapham all breathed a sigh of relief as they were all only a point above the boys from the MCG.
Division two’s best batting performance came from Osbaldwick’s Josh Cockerill (101 retired vs Westow) and best bowling from Matty Turnbull of Westow (5-10, including a hat-trick, vs Stockton & Hopgrove).
Division three had the exciting prospect of Thixendale and Heworth Colts, both already assured of division two cricket in 2012, fighting to claim the divisional championship.
The rain meant that the status quo was maintained, with Thixendale claiming the title by virtue of their better record against Heworth Colts.
Division three provided the league with two centurions this summer with the best knock being the 66-ball 144* by York RI’s Michael Charno against Retreat II, bettering Ovington’s Craig Nichol (115* vs Fulfordgate).
The best bowling was by Ovington’s Alastair Souch (5-8 vs Retreat II).
The league champions and the best batters and bowlers will receive their awards at a presentation ceremony later in the summer.
The ever-expanding Foss Evening Cricket League is already receiving applications for membership in 2012 and will field further applications and consider another raft of divisional restructure if necessary.
Any clubs wishing to submit an application can send them to secretary Mike Wellock (firstname.lastname@example.org) or results/press officer Kevin Smith (email@example.com).