Match Reports - 1s, 2s, 3s win again, 4ths lose to Ovington

Report by Marcus Smith

Firsts floor Clifton; Woodhouse bests for Wood and Finch


Woodhouse Grange first team are now in their highest ever league position thanks to their compehensive victory away to Clifton.

Batting first, Grange made a competitive 261-3 in their 50 overs. The headline act was 16 year old opener Chris Wood - who made his Yorkshire second team debut this week – batting through for 99 not out; his highest score for Woodhouse. Wood received strong support, with Andrew Bilton (27), Simon Tennant (65 off 77 balls) and Chris Bilton (42 off 36 balls) making important contributions against Clifton’s 8-man attack.

Despite posting a 55 run opening partnership, Clifton’s reply soon fell away. Steve Burdett was miserly with 1-42 in his 13 overs, but it was skipper James Finch who led the way, taking 6-40 in an excellent spell of off-spin. There was also a wicket for Simon Tennant along with two run-outs, as Clifton were all out for 132 in 33 overs.

The 1s are now in second place in the Yorkshire Premier League North, just five points behind leaders York.


27 all out: PG and Burton swing Seconds to victory over Scarborough


Scarborough seconds were bowled out for one of the lowest totals ever recorded at Sandhill Lane, as Woodhouse 2s won for the eighth match in succession.

After the openers added 13, Scarborough lost an astonishing 9 wickets for just six runs, with the final wicket falling eight runs later. The damage was done entirely by the opening attack of Paul Grewer (6-15) and Alex Burton (4-12) – with strong support in the field - as Scarborough were routed for 27 in 19.2 overs.

Other than the unfortunate dismissal of Mike Hattee, Grange had few alarms in completing a 9 wicket victory, Tom Stubley finishing unbeaten with 15.

Woodhouse Grange Seconds continue to top Division 2 Ebor, with Bridlington in hot pursuit for the sole promotion spot 14 points behind.


Lockwood and Gilly inspire Thirds to thumping win at Osbaldwick


The third team continued their superb recent form with a 168 run victory over Osbaldwick 2s.

Asked to bat first, Woodhouse reached a dominant 102-0 after 20 overs, with the experienced pair of Marcus Smith and Stuart Craven combining for their second century stand of the season. Smith was then dismissed for 45, but Craven reached his second half-century of the season before falling for 61.

Thereafter Grange had something of a wobble, and at 167-7 the innings was in serious danger of petering out. However John Gilbank and Ryan Lockwood showed the value of having capable players at numbers eight and nine as they each struck their highest third team scores in an unbeaten 82 run stand. Gilbank hit the final ball of the innings for four to register his maiden 50 at this level, finishing 52 not out off 38 balls, with Lockwood 32 from 29 balls, and Woodhouse 249-7. A mention for Osbaldwick’s Ed Baldwin who took a valiant 5-53.

Lockwood then continued his good day by blowing away the Osbaldwick top order, taking 5-16 - his first 5-for for the club - in an impressive 10 over new ball spell after a rain interval. He was well supported as ever by Pat Durkin (2-23) as Osbaldwick slipped to 45-7. With only 10 men to start with, and another batsman incapacitated, only one wicket remained, but the last pair battled hard against a variety of bowlers. Youngster Jack Allerton impressed with 30 down the order, before being bowled by skipper Smith’s off-spin to close the innings on 81.

This victory makes it 177 points from a possible 180 for Woodhouse 3s in their last six matches, as they sit at the top of Division 3 Galtres.


Fourths outclassed by Ovington despite Ted’s half-century


Ovington visited Woodhouse Grange for the first time since their promotion into the York and District Senior League, and finished the day by leapfrogging the fourth team in the table.

Grange batted first, with young opener Ted Baty impressing with an excellent 65 from just 83 balls. Another promising junior Freddie Bowers played nicely for 26, but runs were otherwise difficult to come by as Woodhouse closed on 140-9 in their 45 overs. Neil Metcalfe taking 5-14 in 12 overs for the visitors.

The Grange attack toiled but despite taking 3 wickets, Ovington eased to their target in just 26.2 overs thanks to Peter Kelly (52) and Tim Burgess (35*).