Nidderdale League: Monstrous hitting smacks Pannal full circle as Ouse attack hits stride

Newby Hall's Grant Leivers. (1504256AM1)
Newby Hall's Grant Leivers. (1504256AM1)

Incredible hitting from the entire top order smashed Pannal to a second successive Nidderdale League victory of the season.

The Harrogate side have quickly outlined their title credentials and were utterly dominant from the opening delivery in Saturday’s 277-run hammering of Blubberhouses.

Pannal cleared the boundary an incredible 15 times as they racked up 360-5.

Rob Ellis (52), Rob Smith (55) and Andy Taylor (64) all fired early half-centuries before powerhouses John Strover (64) and Adelvin Phillip (50no) completed the innings.

Blubberhouses were then powerless to resist Pannal earning maximum points as Phillip 4-23 and captain Matt Henry (3-23) bowled the visitors out for just 83.

Ouseburn bounced back from losing to Pannal with a big help from their rampant opening bowlers. Ouse’ stuttered to 214all out against Darley with Adam Fisher and Chris Morrison joint-topscoring on 45.

However, any pressure soon diminished as Russell Robshaw and David Cummings blitzed through the Darley order, taking five wickets apiece to bowl them out for only 66.

Helperby’s bowlers were equally dominant at Bishop Thornton, with captain Matthew Cavanagh enjoying an all-action day in the field.

Cavanagh took four wickets, two catches and had a part in a run out to reduce Thornton to just 84. Alistair Darnell also bowled an impeccable 10-over spell of 3-8, including six maidens.

Cavanagh followed his bowling exploits with a crucial innings with the bat (36no) to see his side home with six wickets in hand.

Newly promoted Newby Hall slipped to a rain-affected defeat against Killinghall by eight wickets. Grant Leivers (51no) topscored as Newby made 89 in a reduced 32 overs match, with Andy Thompson 4-23 doing the damage.

Matt Williams’ run-a-ball half century ensured Killinghall had little problem overhauling the target inside 16 overs.

Spofforth were left haunted by the weather after posting 219-7 in their clash at home to Hampsthwaite. Dillon McCloskey made 50 not out and Pat Gannon 41 before the rain ruined any chance of Hamps’ chasing the total down.

The rain also brought an early end to Burton Leonard’s match against Alne, with Leonard set up for victory on 246-9 thanks to Tom Rowlay’s 55.

In Division One, stalwart Damon Ive smacked 130 from 112 balls as his Goldsborough side clung on to a dramatic five-run win over West Tanfield.

Ive hit 18 fours and four sixes in his knock, as Golds racked up 234-6, with Jarrod McPhee (50) also raising his bat.

Tanfield were all set up for the win with Andy Hogan’s 58-ball 68 and Sam Abel’s 46. But they only scored nine runs in the last four overs to fall agonisingly short.

Scotton overcame the showers to beat Masham by five wickets in a match shortened to 25 overs. Wicketkeeper Chris Smith made 42 in Masham’s 88-7, but Mark Lloyd bettered it with 49 to take Scotton home.

Steve Lawrence span a web around Ripon 2nd with a top six wicket spell as Dacre Banks earned maximum points.

Lawrence took 6-28 to bowl Ripon out for 130, before Bevan Fawcett’s unbeaten 93 knocked it off.

Studley Royal’s second-string had better fortunes than their neighbours with a nine-wicket win in the shortened tie against Lofthouse and Middlesmoor.

Paul Kennedy topscored with 44 in Lofthouse’s 118-3, but Justin Perkins (62no) and Lewis Day (38no) shared a century stand to earn Royal the win.

A 145-run opening stand between Jonathan Millward (86) and Tom Croston (66) led Birstwith to a comfortable seven-wicket win at Pateley Bridge. Nick Wain took 4-57 as Bridge carded 220-9 in the first innings, Chris Langley and Colin Chadwick both making fifties. Millward and Croston took Birstwith across the line in 38.3 overs.

Unfortunately the weather got the better of Ripley’s clash against Knaresborough Forest with the game set up for a rip-roaring finish.

Luke Spence (85) and Liam Evans-Ford (58) powered Ripley up to 217-7 from their 45 overs. But with Forest in hot pursuit on 162-4, the rain clouds became too much for the ground, leaving Oli Cullingworth on 60 not out after Aaron Brunner’s half century.