Nidderdale League: 449 runs in a weekend for Pannal’s Rob Ellis

Rob Ellis
Rob Ellis

It was a case of cashing in over the Bank Holiday as Rob Ellis racked up an incredible 449 runs without giving his wicket away in two matches.

The opening batsman smashed a match-winning 143 not out for Nidderdale League leaders Pannal against Spofforth on Saturday, before blowing that effort away in the Atkinson Swires Cup 24 hours later.

Ellis gave a brutal display of batting at the club’s Burn Bridge ground with a score of 306 not out against a very depleted Hampsthwaite.

The innings included 18 sixes and 40 fours, and took Pannal to 453-1, which they easily defended to progress into round three.

Amazingly, Ellis shared a 309-run stand with teammate Rory Pitt with his partner only contributing 37.

The league leaders were at their ruthless best in Division One on Saturday with a 210-run demolition of Spofforth.

Ellis carried his bat for his run-a-ball century, as Andy Ellis (43), Carl Wilson (58) and Andrew Taylor (32no) also piled on the runs. That took Pannal’s total to 302-2, which Spofforth got nowhere near thanks to Graham Fish’s expert spell.

Fish netted 6-25 after replacing the openers, with captain Matt Henry also taking three scalps to oust Spofforth for just 92.

Killinghall are Pannal’s nearest challengers in the league, with an eight point gap developing from their four-wicket defeat against Hampsthwaite.

Matt and Simon Williams both struck up half-centuries as Killie amassed 248-7. However, Shaun Brentnall’s 142 not out completed a mammoth chase for Hamps with more than three overs remaining.

Ouseburn moved within two points of second place as Tom Parker smashed a century to overturn Alne. Dave Cummings and Chris Morrison also scored fifties as Ouse’ posted 247-5.

Paul Hutchinson struck 73 at the top of Alne’s card, but three wickets apiece for Sam Dale and Morrison guided Ouse to a 91-run win.

Burton Leonard overturned Newby Hall’s modest 155 to leave their opponents stranded at the bottom of the table.

Newby never recovered from 1-2 as Ben Robinson (3-49) was the pick of the attack. Dan Thirkell smashed four sixes in a 51-ball half century and James Townsend hit 53 as Leonard chased the target down with six wickets in hand.

Darley’s Joe Furniss was unlucky to be on the losing side after taking five wickets to rattle Bishop Thornton to 208-9, with Josh Davies making 51.

Darley were unable to mount a challenge in their chase, as they were bowled out for just 106.

Elsewhere, Helperby reached Blubberhouses’ low total of 139/8 with only a ball to spare as they took the points with a four-wicket win.

Birstwith remain top of the pole in Division Two despite a six-wicket defeat at the hands of Masham in a high scoring contest.

Wicket-keeper Tom Croston’s 74 guided Birstwith to 232/9, with Ben Fielding taking 4-43.

Fielding continued his fine afternoon with the bat as Masham made a mockery of the total to win with 15 overs spare.

Fielding (86no) partnered centurion Chris Smith (103no) in a batting blitz, recovering the innings from 35-4 with a 201-run partnership.

Pateley Bridge’s overseas Shaun Van Dam hit 130 on debut to take his new side past Goldsborough by 30 runs.

Bridge totalled 284-8 from Van Dam’s 96-ball knock. Golds’ own Aussie Jarrod McPhee battered 109 in response but they struggled to keep with the large run rate required.

Mitchell Hearn’s 85 took Dacre Banks to a 50-run victory over Scotton, with Stephen Wyss also notching a fifty.

Daniel Major’s 91 was in vain for Scotton as Hearn took 4-36 to bowl them out for 170.

West Tanfield made 228/9 to see off Studley Royal 2nds, with Sam Abel topscoring on 62.

Royal finished up 75 runs short with the last pair at the crease after Jonny Luty took 3-28.

Luke Spence fashioned a magnificent 144 not out to take Ripley over Lofthouse and Middlesmoor’s 246/7. David Spencer had initially set Lofthouse up to a big score with 83, but Ripley reached the target with five wickets spare.

Meanwhile, Knaresborough Forest needed just 33 overs to reach Ripon 2nds’ 171 after a dream day with bat and ball to win by nine wickets.