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CRICKET: Beverley Seconds crowned champions

There was a damp end to the York & District Cricket League’s Premier Division season with play possible in only one of the six fixtures on the final day of the season on Saturday.

Beverley First XI’s trip to  Easingwold was one of those to fall victim to the weather but after being confirmed in third place last week Beverley already knew they would be joining Dunnington in the top flight next season as a result of York’s ineligibility for promotion.

Beverley Town Second XI are celebrating being crowned York & District Senior League Division One Champions after securing 12 points in their match against Ripon at Norwood Park on Saturday.

It’s a remarkable turnaround for a side who only found out they would be competing in the second tier a few weeks prior to the start of the season when the merger of two Hull-based sides saved them from relegation.

Their match at Norwood Park was the only one to see any action as rain ruined the climax of an enthralling title race.

The visitors leading run scorer Rob Taylor (51) signed off with a half-century out of a total of 125 which included 37 from Andrew Lincoln, but the stand out performance came from ‘Town’s Joey Franklin who finished with figures of six for 18, James Emery playing a supporting role with 3-23. The home side had reached 22-1 when play was called off.