Dixon and Cousins play key roles in Beckett League success

The Beckett League representative side which lined up at North Marine Road on Sunday.

The Beckett League representative side which lined up at North Marine Road on Sunday.

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Flamborough’s Luke Dixon and Liam Cousins, who has just left Grindale for Ganton, played their part in a superb team performance as the Beckett League Representative XI beat their Central Huddersfield League counterparts by 40 runs at Scarborough.

The Beckett League side made first use of the excellent wicket with Dixon and James Bryant of Wykeham opening the innings. The pair put on 67 for the first wicket before Dixon fell for a well compiled 28 in the 17th over.

Despite a flurry of wickets towards the end of the innings, the West Yorkshire side closed on 194-8 after 40 overs.

In reply, Huddersfield slumped to 38-5. Skipper Linden Gray then rung the changes and the introduction of seamer Cousins and Heslerton spinner Dan Jeminson (1-18) paid dividends, with further wickets reducing the visitors to 66-7 after 21 overs.

Huddersfield staged a recovery but the Beckett League side stayed in control before Gray and Cousins (2-16) finished the job off with nine balls remaining, Huddersfield 40 runs short.

League secretary Simon Dobson said: “The league would like to thank to Scarborough Cricket Club for the use of the historic North Marine Road for the day and John Dodds for preparing such an excellent wicket and outfield.

“This was a new look team with only one player remaining from the same fixture last year and it was great to offer opportunity to some fresh faces in the team.

“Linden Gray led the team superbly well and I thank all the players for turning out to represent the league and to cricketing community who supported the lads.”