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LOCAL CRICKET: Beverley win promotion

Beverley Town Cricket Club’s First XI has secured promotion to the Yorkshire Premier League next season after securing third place in the York & District Senior League Premier Division.

They go up because second placed York Second XI are ineligible owing to the fact that the club’s First XI already play in the higher division.

Beverley join Dunnington in the top flight next season, thanks to a six-wicket victory over Whitkirk on Saturday, achieved with just four balls of the match remaining. Ben Hatfield thrilled the Norwood Park faithful with an unbeaten 161 to steer the hosts to victory, his opening stand of 149 with Harry Gamble, who scored 46, was crucial as they chased a target of 267-8.

Sean Pickles had earlier starred for the visitors with 91 and he was supported by Simon Webb (32) and Mark Murphy (45), Jamie Roe finishing as the pick of the bowlers on either side with 4-62.

Elsewhere in the Yorkshire and District Senior League Premier Division, Rob Nicholson’s (113) century for Studley Royal helped condemn Bolton Percy to next season in Division One, their relegation finally confirmed but not before they put a real fight.

The first half of a fine all-round performance from Charlie Scatchard (53) was a half-century in the visitors’ total of 270-8 which saw Thomas Anderson take three for 58. Despite facing a stiff target Jacob Green (85) and Tom Atkinson (70) provided the home side with the possibility of a second consecutive victory for the first time this season but they were dashed by Scatchard (5-31), the end result a draw with the visitors last wicket pair at the crease.

Harrison Wood took 7-47 to heap more misery on already relegated Driffield Town who succumbed to a 77 runs defeat at Malton & Old Malton. Stephen Linsley (52) led a solid batting performance for the home side with a half-century, in all five batsmen posting scores in excess of 30 in the total of 229-7, John Searby the pick of the visiting attack with 3-58. Only Jack Riley made any impression in the hosts’ reply scoring 39 from a total of 152 all out.

Michael Brown (30no) was the hero for Pickering as he guided them to victory over Folkton & Flixton with the visitors nine wickets down. That came after he had already taken four wickets to help dismiss the hosts for 191 despite the contributions of Richard Malthouse (45) and Will Norman (44).  Colin Frank’s 39 looked to have been made in a lost cause with Jamie Nesfield (4-50) and Harry Walmsley (3-43) seemingly having taken control until all-rounder Brown seized it back.

Easingwold returned to winning ways after back-to-back defeats with a six wicket victory at Hull Zingari. Matthew Bunn top scored with 66 for the home side who reached 186-9 the total featuring five wickets from Zak Wilson (5-36). The visitors never looked in any real trouble after Steven Piecy had made 55 early on, and Kyle Waite (57no) saw them over the line with his sides second half-century of the afternoon.

The top two in the Hunters York & District Senior League Premier Division have gone toe-to-toe for almost the entire season but on the penultimate Saturday of the season Dunnington finally delivered the knock-out blow to York to seal the title.

The visitors went into the match at Clifton Park having already secured promotion and needing only to avoid defeat to be crowned champions, but went one better winning by 69 runs. The host’s skipper Nick Kay applied early pressure taking five for 41 as the early batsman struggled but Luke Kilburn turned things around making 69 in an eventual total of 177. The home side were soon under pressure themselves and reached only 108 in reply. Ian Jarivs top scored with 38 and there were three wickets each for Moin Ashraf (3-25) and George Drury (3-21).