Magnet repel Clifton to move clear at the top

hsb  Tadcaster Magnet CC bowler Ben Preston takes a catch from his own ball against Clifton Alliance.  (120616M2a)
hsb Tadcaster Magnet CC bowler Ben Preston takes a catch from his own ball against Clifton Alliance. (120616M2a)

Somehow they survived the rain last week to record another important victory.

Next on the agenda for Tadcaster Magnet is a trip to Osbaldwick on Saturday.

Their opponents are currently struggling third bottom in the table.

An in-form Magnet will be looking to pounce.

But skipper Phil Smith isn’t a 100 per cent sure it will beat the weather.

“We’re away at Osbaldwick and they’ve been struggling with their outfield after the recent weather,” he said.

“We really want to play but we’ll just have to wait and see.”

On Saturday, only two Division Two teams managed to squeeze in a fixture.

Table toppers Magnet were one of those. Against Clifton Alliance they managed to bowl out their opponents for just 97 thanks to Ben Preston’s superb 7-33, including a fine caught and bowled, captured by Marcus Corazzi (right).

In reply it was far from plain sailing.

J Thornton did his bit with 6-37 as Magnet were on the back foot.

But they managed to hold their nerve right until the end and pulled through for an important two-wicket win.

“We just about managed to get a game in,” added Smith.

“It wasn’t the best batting display but it was really positive to sneak in a few more league points.

“They could prove crucial come the end of the season.”

As for Preston’s spell he said: “It was absolutely fantastic.

“Ben played in the second team the week before, he came in and did really well.

“It was probably his best spell in two of three seasons at the club.”

The result keeps Magnet top of the tree, 27 points above second Beverley Town 2nds.

Thorp Arch & Boston Spa are on the road to Beverley 2nds on Saturday.

They were rained off last week in Division Two.

The result keeps them third in the pile, well placed with 133 points.