Woodhouse Grange
Cricket Club

2s and 3s top the tables

Report by Marcus Smith

Rain stops 1s in their tracks

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The first team were left frustrated by the weather in their first Yorkshire Premier League meeting against old rivals Sessay.

Woodhouse were in an extremely dominant position at 93-0 after 18 overs. Andrew Bilton continued his strong start to the season, looking well set on 50 not out, and youngster Chris Wood unbeaten on 33.

Sadly and inevitably the heavens opened and did not allow an opportunity for a restart, so Grange we forced to settle for a share of the spoils and 5 league points. However at third place in the table they remain in touching distance of the leaders and can be very pleased with their start to the season.

Seconds continue on their merry way to top Ebor 2

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Woodhouse 2s' trip to Hemingbrough was successful as they cantered to a fifth successive win to remain top of their division.

This did not look on the cards in the first quarter of the game, with the home side dangerously poised on 89-1 after 19 overs, in a match reduced to 39 overs per side. However the removal of opener Elliott Precious for a boundary-laden 57 precipitated a collapse, with Hemingbrough quickly subsiding to 110-8. Paul Grewer (4-37) and Mathew Shepherd (2-41) both bowled nicely after the initial onslaught to run through the middle order. Alex Burton then returned to clean up the tail to finish with 3-31, Hemingbrough all out for 132 with four and a half overs remaining unused.

Woodhouse started well in response, with Mike Hattee looking especially fluent. Marcus Smith - the third team captain, called up for this match - eventually found his touch as well and the openers reached a half-century stand in the eleventh over. Hattee continued to strike some very pleasing boundaries and reached his fifty off just 57 balls.

Runs continued to flow, and the hundred partnership was realised in just the 19th over. The stand reached 122 before Hattee was caught at mid-wicket for a superb 70, with just 11 runs required for victory. Smith then brought up his own half-century before Matt Durkin clipped the winning boundary as Grange sailed to a thumping 9 wicket win with more than 18 overs to spare.

Thirds win again to head the table for the first time

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The Grange third-string are proudly placed at the top of Galtres Division 3, a position that looked unthinkable just a few weeks ago.

In a tricky looking home encounter against New Earswick first team, the away side batted first and made a respectable 182-9. The Grange highlight was paceman Jonty Goddard's 5-40, his maiden senior five-for capping his recent impressive form. Pat Durkin and John Gilbank also bowled typically economical spells.

Shorn of their two leading run scorers, this looked a tricky chase, especially at 38-3. However Luke WIlson and Dan Durkin - two young players desperate to impress - then formed a strong alliance to rebuild the innings. Striking a number of boundaries and running with urgency between the wickets, the pair added 98 for the fourth wicket in just 13 overs, before Durkin was caught for a well made 39 off 34 balls. Wilson continued to bat sensibly however, and with Dan Robertson and Gilbank providing good support, Grange reached their target in 39.1 overs. WIlson finished on 76 not out off 100 balls, revelling in the resposibility at number three. 

This win took the 3s points tally to a hugely impressive 117 from a possible 120 in their last four games, indicating excellent progress being made by this young and talented team.

Fourths hold on at Carlton Towers

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Woodhouse 4s held on for a draw, 30 runs short of victory on their visit to Carlton Towers.

The home side made 178-9, Harry Shipley taking a career-best 3-20 with his 'chinamen', and Josh Matthews 3-40 on his first appearance of the season. 

The elder Matthews brother, Harry, top scored with 30 in the Woodhouse reply, but the absence of further significant contributions perhaps cost Grange a chance of victory. Nevertheless, the fourth team can be very pleased with their efforts so far this season as they sit in fourth place in Ebor Division 4.