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Local cricket: Beverley secure away victory

Beverley Town 1st XI travelled to the Yorkshire & District Premier League’s bottom club, Bolton Percy, and came away with a victory, but that statement doesn’t tell the full story for this was a tight affair. The home side ran up 234 for 9 in their 50 overs; Beverley losing just five wickets to reach the winning total (238 – 5) in 46.2 overs.

Beverley’s 30 point haul leaves them just two points adrift of fifth-placed Whitkirk.

League leaders York lost suffered a surprise defeat away at Pickering Town. The home side which had yet to win a game this season made 183-9. Matthew Butler was top scorer with 39 whilst visiting skipper Nick Kay finished with figures of 5-28. The York captain then made 32 but that was not enough to inspire his side to victory as they were bowled out for 101. Tom Croot finished with 4-31 and there were three wickets for Mike Brown.

Folkton & Flixton who began the day in second slipped out of the promotion places after they lost at home to Hull & Zingari by seven wickets. A century from Jack Story and an unbeaten 73 from Ben Wilkinson helped the visitors chase down a target of 200. Earlier Matthew Bunn (3-38) and James Anson (3-46) shared six wickets as the home side were bowled out their total including notable contributions Will Hutchinson (40) and Connor Stephenson (41).

Jack Bolam made 90 to help guide Dunnington to a five wicket win at Whitkirk, a victory which sees them move up to second just three points behind the leaders. Luke Kilby took 6-38 to restrict the home side to 192, that despite runs from Simon Webb (32), Sean Pickles (35) and a half-century from Jack Wood.  Bolam masterminded his sides’ reply which included 36 from Kilby and as the season approaches the half-way stage their side must be among the favourites to return to the Premier League.

Studley Royal are another side chasing promotion and they eased to a comfortable seven wicket win over Malton & Old Malton despite chasing a target of 250. Rob Nicholson struck an unbeaten 134 for the home side and Matt Coad made 81 as they won with almost ten overs to spare. Coad had earlier taken 4-66 whilst for the visitors both Thomas Bumby (51) and Ryan Gaughan (53) both scored half-centuries.

The match at Kings Mill Road between Driffield Town and Easingwold went right to the wire, the visitors winning with just seven balls to spare. Town pair Kevin Woodcock (66) and Ben Lawrence (52no) both passed fifty in their sides total of 234-6, but those efforts were overshadowed somewhat by Ryan Waite who made 88 and Max Cosgrove with 78 as despite three wickets from Jordan Calley (3-77) the visitors reached the target with six wickets down.