Meggies mowed down by magnificent Murphy
CHAMPIONSHIP contenders York wasted little time in seeing off Cleethorpes Cricket Club in a demolition job at Chichester Road on Saturday.
In a match that lasted barely 43 overs, York took just 16.3 overs to reach Cleethorpes' total of 84 all out to claim the eight points.
They will go into next Saturday's Yorkshire League title showdown with Harrogate having wasted little effort against the Meggies.
After winning the toss, James Osmond elected to bat but soon saw his Meggies side in trouble when Rory Osmond (five) could only steer a full delivery into second slip's hands.
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James Osmond followed three overs later when Jake Murphy produced a peach of a delivery that seamed back to rattle the batsman's stumps.
When Harry Clewett wafted at a wide delivery from Murphy two overs later, Cleethorpes had slipped to 14 for three – another poor start by the Meggies to an innings.
Charlie Tomlinson gave the hosts some hope with an entertaining cameo of 31 in 18 balls as he smashed anything pitched up through the covers.
His six boundaries took Cleethorpes to 47 before another beauty from Murphy shattered his stumps.
Bill Kirby (five) then chased a wide first delivery from Duncan Snell to give York wicketkeeper Steve Crossley, a former Grimsby Town CC player, the first of three routine catches.
The lower order would come and go in a procession; only Graham Hume (23) showed any real fight.
But when Hume holed out at deep midwicket to a full toss, it only served to sum-up Cleethorpes' day.
When Andy Ellis was bowled, the Meggies had struggled to 84 all out in just 27.5 overs.
York dangerman Murphy recorded figures of six for 49, with the help of some rash shots.
In reply, Cleethorpes claimed an early breakthrough when Ellis removed Liam McKendry with a delivery that nipped back sharply.
But Snell and Oliver Hairs began to plunder boundaries at will.
Snell had reached 26 when Hume snapped him up via a sharp catch from Rory Osmond.
The South African would also account for Hairs when he top-edged a pull to John Mansfield.
But these were Cleethorpes' only successes. Collins (28 not out) guided his side home as York completed a comprehensive seven-wicket victory.
It was an extremely disappointing way for Cleethorpes to finish their home Yorkshire League campaign.
The Meggies travel to Driffield and Scarborough this weekend for their final matches of the season.
The John Pettit Grimsby & District Saturday League season ended in an unfortunate climax at the weekend.
Phoenix were crowned champions but did not need to come through the challenge of an exciting title-deciding tie with Healing RBL, because they were unable to field a side.
Phoenix bagged top spot, finishing a point clear of runners-up Rose and Crown.