York Senior League
SEWERBY travelled to Bolton Percy who were the only team to beat them in the league last season.
After winning the toss Ben Dobson asked the home side to take first knock and as usual Matt Westwood set off at a gallop, hitting five fours in 17 balls before being well caught by Mike Artley off Russ Robinson’s bowling.
Houseman joined opener Green and 40 runs were added in the next 16 overs before Green was out for 0, having batted for 21 overs.
Houseman was out for 48 trying to up the tempo and although a stand of 60 followed between O’Donnell and Hallam tight bowling by Lewis Beasley ensured that a high total was never on the cards.
Hallam was stumped by Sam Wragg for 30 and the innings closed on 170 for 6 after 48 overs, with O’Donnell 41 not out. Beasley 2-41 from 12 overs and Russ Robinson 2-63 from 16.
Dobson opened the Sewerby innings and, despite losing two partners early, was determined to take the game to Bolton Percy and when 50 came up in the 11th over he had 36 of them.
Assisted by Robinson he took the score to 115 before being caught on the boundary for a fine 70 (10 fours and a six).
Robinson and Artley advanced the total to 141 before Artley became 16-year-old spinner Jake Green’s second victim.
Sewerby’s batsmen were mesmerised by him as he clean bowled the next four in only 15 balls to reduce Sewerby to 151 for 8.
Sam Wragg then came to the crease and despite being surrounded by fielders hit two boundaries in one over and Robinson hit two 4s in the next over to see Sewerby home, Robinson finishing on 63 not out.
Beckett League Division A
ON A sunny day Sewerby 2nds welcomed Snainton to the cliff top.
Winning the toss Sewerby asked the visitors to have a bat in a must-win game for both teams.
Sewerby bowled tightly and restricted runs early on until S Eyre hit out but with the score on 35, Acton struck thanks to a good catch by Rennoldson.
Sewerby were now on top and M Eyre soon went, stumped by Faulkner, This brought the prolific Jason Oakley to the crease who batted well and despatched the bad ball on his way to 71.
This solid knock enabled Snainton to get to a useful 186/5, as Cameron Rusbridge-Burns took two wickets to slow the scoring down.
In reply Sewerby lost a early wicket but Briggs (39) and Rennoldson (21) soon put the home side in the driving seat, putting on 46 for the second wicket.
However as has been common this season the introduction of spin caused a mid order collapse.
Only Ben Lawry (16no) and Dom Warters (25) managed to overcome the slow bowilng and helped Sewerby get up to a respectable total of 157/9.
Overall a disappointing game for the cliff top men who are struggling to be consistent in both forms of the game, yet at times playing some good cricket.
Beckett League Division A
SEWERBY 2nds entertained Brompton on Sunday in a must-win game if they were not to get dragged into a relegation dogfight.
Brompton won the toss and elected to bat on a good flat wicket.
The home side started well restricting Brompton to few scoring shots. Good fielding and tight bowling meant the vistors struggled to 39/2 off 17 overs.
However Fletcher and Cooper played some nice shots and with Triffit hitting some lusty blows Brompton finnished on 168/9.
Vince O’Grady and Shaun Acton got two wickets apiece but the pick of the bowlers was D Warters with 4-42.
In reply Sewerby’s batsmen never really looked in any trouble with good contributions from Rob Atkin, Sam Coultas and Andrew Rennoldson.
But the stand-out batsmen was Acton who despatched the ball to all parts of the ground on the way to 103 not out seeing the team home with 10 overs to spare.
A good performance by Sewerby 2nds who secure Division A cricket for another year.
Derwent Valley League Division B
SEWERBY 4ths welcomed promotion chasing Lockton 2nds to the cliff top on a fine summer’s day.
Lockton won the toss and elected to bat which seemed a bad choice as three early wickets had Lockton reeling on 16 for 3.
All was in vain though as Locktons strong middle order fought back and amassed a healthy total of 222 for 9 with outstanding batting from Neil Eddon (64), B Hague (42) and Will Lancaster (33 not out).
The Sewerby bowling attack took some pounding and only Jay Mitchinson-Singh came away with any credit with decent figures of 4 for 42.
The Sewerby batting response crumbled under the combined attack of Lay and Lancaster with only Ryan Bartram Snr (37) showing any kind of resistance.
Sewerby were all out in the 18th over for a meagre 65 runs.
Lockton proved their credentials as promotion contenders against a weakened Sewerby 4ths team.