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CRICKET: Beverley lose out in rain-affected game

Peter Shelley became the first Beverley Cricket Club batsman to notch up a Yorkshire Pemier Cricket League half century when Town entertained Woodhouse Grange in a rain-affected game at Norwood Park on Saturday.

Batting first, Shelley’s 54 and 34 from opener Ben Hatfield helped town to 188 for 8 off their 50 overs. But an unbroken third wicket stand worth 99 between Christopher Bilton (45no) and Tom Young (55no) saw the visitors home, having been set a total of 135 to win from what had become a 26 over game because of the weather.

It means newly-promoted Beverley are still awaiting their first victory of the season but a dogged batting display denied last year’s runners up the opportunity to take maximum points.

On Sunday, Town’s First XI completed two matches in Group B of this year’s Hunters T20 Blast competition. It was a day of mixed fortunes – against Castleford, Beverley scored 156 for 2 off their 20 overs, enough to beat Castleford, who notched 148-7. But in their other game, against Sessay Cricket Club, Beverley, batting first, were 91 all out off 19.3 overs; Sessay notching the win with five overs to spare and just the loss of four wickets.