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CRICKET: Dunnington lead charge on league after victory over Beverley

It was always going to be a tough ask for Beverley Cricket Club’s 1st XI, hosting Yorkshire and District Premier Division tiitle contenders Dunnington at Norwood Park on Saturday (July 7). And so it proved, with Dunnington winning for the third week in a row.

Dunnington’s Dave Brent (5-35) and Moin Ashraf (3-50) were both in the thick of the action as the home side were bowled out for 186, Ben Hatfield’s half century (52) not enough to inspire his side to a more challenging total.

George Drury (43) and Jack Bolam (33) both made useful contributions in the visitors reply but it was left to Daniel Barrett (35no) to see them over the line for a four wicket win.

In Saturday’s games, York maintained a slender two point advantage over Dunnington at the top of the division following a resounding victory over Driffield Town at Kings Mill Road. An unbeaten century from Bevan Fawcett (100no) helped the visitors reach 198-7 despite the efforts of Jamie Greveson (4-48) and Nick Johnson (3-58) who shared all seven wickets. The home sides’ third consecutive defeat was confirmed when they were bowled out for just 91, Chris Burn with five wickets for 25 runs and Tom Forsdyke 4-22.

Third placed Studley Royal came out on top against a resurgent Pickering side but missed out on maximum points thanks to a defiant unbeaten half-century from Kieran Bowes (56no). A century from Matthew Coad (125) and an unbeaten 60 from Nick Stuart contributed to the home sides’ impressive total of 311-5. ‘Royal’s Oliver Fryer finished with the best figures in the match of 3-33 and Ryan Taylor made 58 but it was thanks largely to Bowes that the home side avoided defeat, and in doing so continue to distance themselves from the bottom two.

With York ineligible for promotion the battle for third spot, currently held by Studley Royal, is likely to lead to promotion to the Premier League and with that in mind Whitkirk kept up the pressure on the side just above them with a four wicket victory away to Folkton & Flixton. Tom Norman made 77 in an otherwise disappointing show from the home side who were dismissed for 159, Mark Murphy (3-24), Sam Bateman (3-25) and Michael O’Brien (3-29) each taking three wickets. The visitors didn’t have things all their own way as Norman struck taking 3-58 but runs from Michael O’Brien (40) and an unbeaten half-century from Sam Parker (56no) made it three wins from the last four.

A century from Shaun Harland (101) inspired Malton & Old Malton victory at Hull Zingari by a single wicket despite an excellent effort from James Anson with 5-62. The home side led by Guy Martinson’s 83 and 50 from Laurence Wilkinson reached 241, Adam Spaven taking 4-59 as the hosts were bowled out with an over to spare. That proved to be crucial later on as it was in that over, inherited by the visitors batting second that the winning runs were scored with their final pair at the crease.

The day’s other game was a low scoring affair between Bolton Percy who made 134 before bowling out visitors Easingwold for just 69.The visitors second victory of the season leaves them rooted to the foot of the table, whilst for the home side only one win in the last eleven has seen them slide from second to ninth