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LOCAL CRICKET: Great win for Town

There was a notable triumph for Beverley Cricket Club’s First XI on Saturday (July 21) when Town’s Ben Hatfield was the only batsman in the York and District Crickety League’s premier division  to score a century; his unbeaten 116 helping Beverley end Malton & Old Malton’s run of three consecutive victories.

An unbeaten stand of 99 between Hatfield and Greg Whyley (51 not out) helped propel the visitors to 224-4.

Neil Johnson began the home side’s reply with 39, but other than a half-century from Matthew Turnbull (57) Jamie Roe kept the innings in check; eventually finishing with 7-53 from his 15 overs as the hosts were bowled out for 155.

Elsewhere in the league, a fifth straight win for Dunnington saw them overhaul long-time league leaders York at the top of the Premier Division. A three wicket victory over bottom side Bolton Percy came at the end of a hard fought contest at Pryers Cricket Ground.

A half-century from Ed Noble helped the visitors reach 212-9 despite four wickets from Luke Kilby (4-34) and three from Dave Brent (3-62). The home side did not have things all their own way thanks to Danny White taking 4-25 but after runs from George Drury (48) and Arthur Campion (35) Harrison Mussell was able to see the new leaders over the line with an unbeaten 33.

York’s eight week reign at the top ended as they lost at Clifton Park to Hull & Zingari by four wickets. Alex Lilley top scored for the home side with 33 in a total of 190-9, Toby Giddings (4-47) did his best to keep them in the game with four wickets but Matthew Bunn’s innings of 91 ensured the visitors returned to winning ways after back-to-back defeats.

Whitkirk consolidated their third place position with a fourth consecutive victory, the latest of those coming at home against Pickering. Matthew Webb (47) and Mark Murphy (44) were both amongst the runs for the hosts who reached 213-8. The innings included three wickets for Kieran Bowes (3-47) and he turned out to be the visitors’ top scorer making 43, although Dan Ward came close with 42, the rest of the line-up found it tough going as Ben Danby with 5-30 and Jack Wood (3-18) combined to bowl them out for 166.

Studley Royal are back up to fourth after they won a remarkable game against Driffield Town by a single run. Rob Mackle provided the day’s most notable performance with the bat despite it being only 35, Jamie Hopper taking 6-42 as the hosts only just reached three figures before being bowled out for 106.  Hopper’s figures excellent in their own right where then overshadowed by Dan Craven who took 7-24 as the visitors fell one run short in reply.

Two sides struggling for form met at Back Lane and it was Folkton & Flixton who brought to an end a four match losing streak beating Easingwold by six wickets. With Kyle Waite (46), Max Cosgrove (31) and James Postill (30no) all in the runs the hosts total should perhaps have been more than the 165 all out they finished on, Jamie Nesfield (3-36) and Tom Norman (3-30) both picking up three wickets.

Norman completed a memorable day by top scoring with 41, and further contributions from both Will Hutchinson (38) and Will Norman (38) helped them ease to a comfortable win with more than 15 overs to spare.