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On the verge of title triumph.

Byline: Cleveland League

Staithes can clinch the Cleveland League title tomorrow by winning at Paragonians.

The top two both had easy victories last weekend to maintain the status quo, but Staithes are in poll position with games running out.

Staithes dismissed visitors the Merlin for 76, Jeff Morrison taking 4-41 and Paul Theaker 4-17. Staithes then scored the required runs for the loss of four wickets.

Loftus, at New Marske, dismissed their hosts for 71, Gary Smithies excelling with 7-25 from 17 overs. In reply Chris Barritt was 41 not out in Loftus' ten wicket victory.

Norton at home against Dormans posted a formidable 217 (T Javed 51). Craig Dale, for Dormans, toiled to return 6-66. In reply Dormans were all out for 108 with M Sills producing match-winning figures of 8-42.

Ormesby Hall virtually secured their own survival and almost condemned Paragonians to relegation. Batting first, Ormesby were dismissed for 109 but Paragonians slumped to 51 all out with John Peacock taking 6-28.

The bottom of the table scrap at Hinderwell against Normanby Parklands A ended in victory for the home side.

Batting first, a depleted Parklands side were dismissed for 58, Mark Swain snapping up 5-20. Hinderwell knocked off the runs for the loss of four wickets, Roger Robinson making 39 not out.

In Division Two it was all change at the top when leaders Dormanstown were knocked off their perch at Brotton. Batting first, Dormanstown were dismissed for 79 with Ian Yeoman claiming 6-22, Brotton winning for the loss of two wickets, Andy Passmore making an unbeaten 53.

Loftus B took over at the top after two victories. On Saturday they won by eight wickets after dismissing Skelton Castle for 102, Stuart Pearson taking 4-13 from ten overs.

Mark Loughran was 53 not out in the Loftus reply. It was a similar story again on Monday when 14-year-old Stuart Pearson did the damage against Cowpen Bewley with 5-19 from 12 overs in Cowpen's removal for 70. Terry Shaw made 33 not out in Loftus B's nine wicket victory.

Cowpen did better on the Saturday against Normanby Parklands B. Batting first they posted 172, Ian Carr and Joe Horner both making 43 in a sound opening stand. Parklands could manage only 55.

HRFCC are still in with a shout after victory at Ormesby Hall B. Batting first, they totalled 151, Tony Roberts taking 7-77 for the home side. In reply Ormesby collapsed to 45 all out, Wakefield snapping up 5-16.
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Title Annotation:Sport Cricket
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Sep 2, 2005
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