Tuesday 30th August 2022

Driffield Town CC are Champions of the Yorkshire Premier League North Division! Despite a defeat in their game yesterday afternoon, Driffield were crowned title winners after York lost their game. It seemed like it would be a regulation victory for the Woldsmen after bowling Clifton Alliance all out for 125. James Anson and Mayank Mishra picked up four wickets each, with Alec Drury contributing the other two. It has been a very rare event in recent times when Driffield have scored under 200. On this occasion, only three players scored double figures; opener, Owen Goldsworth (10), captain, Sam Drury (31) and all-rounder, Mayank Mishra (35). In just 31.4 overs Driffield were all out, 10 runs short of a win.

All eyes were on York who had a tough task against Castleford CC. Chasing 197, York made a good start but this was followed by a batting collapse which saw them all out for 94. Driffield this season have been dominant only losing three games compared to last season which saw them almost relegates.

Beverley Town CC are safe this season thanks to results from elsewhere. Harrogate chose to bat first amassing 250/6 in the 50 overs, including an impressive 121 from Henry Thompson. Once again Joey Franklin was among the wickets with two, Andrew Burton took three, and the sixth wicket came via a run-out. Brad Dobson opened the batting scoring an excellent 80 from 131. Unfortunately, he lacked support, with Robert Fish scoring next highest on 30. Beverley were eventually skittled for 181, meaning a loss of 69 runs. Acomb failed to win their game which means Beverley are confirmed safe and will play once again in the Yorkshire Premier League North Division next year.

Hull KR have had a tough run with injuries and players unavailable but a dogged KR performed excellently to beat Wigan Warriors 38-28. The Warriors also named an inexperienced side and suffered to a superior Robins pack. Tate, Hall, Sims and Storton were all on the scoresheet for Rovers in the first half as they lead 20-6. Despite the good performance, Danny McGuire lost further players including the influential Matt Parcell to injury. Teenage prop, Zach Fishwick scored his first senior try in the second half, Ethan Ryan also crossed the whitewash twice as KR raced to a lead of 38-12. A late surge saw the youthful Wigan pull back to a respectable score.

It is a busy week ahead for local football teams. Later today Beverley Town will hope for their first home win of the season. Town lost their opening home fixture a fortnight ago to Rossington Main, 3-2. Dave Ricardo’s side drew on Saturday 2-2 with Shirebrook Town. Hull City are away at QPR this evening following an exciting 3-2 win over Coventry City over the weekend.

Simon Bromwich