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Local cricket: Beverley grab ‘perfect 10’ for first time

Beverley Town Cricket Club’s First XI are celebrating victory in Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League North on a day when elsewhere DLS was very much to the fore as, in an all too familiar scenario, rain brought an early end to play in the latest round of matches.

Entertaining eighth-placed Sessay Cricket Club, Connor Bowden set the Norwood Park side on their way to ten points, for the first time since their promotion to the top flight, with figures of 5-22.

This was the best return by a Town bowler at this level and Thomas Haytack backed him up admirably as he picked up 3-34 as Sessay were initially reduced to 27-5 before eventually been dismissed for 117.

Nick Harrison top scored with 43 and not even the inclusion of 29 extras could prevent the visitors recording their lowest top flight total.

Beverley made a nervy start, for they, too, lost early wickets; two of which went to Liam Carver. But an unbroken stand of 86 for the fourth wicket between Harry Gamble (44 not out) and Anthony Spence (46 not out) earned their side a seven wicket win.

Hopefully this will be just the result to kick-start Town’s season – the club still currently rooted to the bottom of the table.

In the Hunters York & District Senior League Premier Division, rain was once again the order of the day; the only crumb of comfort was that this week it came later in the day at least affording some cricket for both players and those spectators hardy enough to venture out.

Joe Dale became the competition’s leading run scorer with an unbeaten 96 at The Green where second placed Acomb were taking on Beverley Town Second XI. His fourth score over 50 this season came in a total of 258-5, which included 38 from opener William Wade and 46 from skipper Matthew Dale.

Matthew Saint finished with two wickets but at a cost of 76; however in the end all four players’ efforts counted for little as rain halted the game at the half-way stage.