Weekend Results – 7th June 2021

This weekend four of our local sporting sides were back in action. In rugby league, Hull FC faced St Helens in a Challenge Cup semi-final, Beverley ARLFC took on York Acorn, our cricketing sides were also in action and hoping to get back to winning ways. Beverley took on Malton and Old Malton on Saturday and Driffield faced Clifton Alliance Saturday and Sunday.

Hull FC lost to St Helens 33-18 on Saturday afternoon. The scoreline did not reflect how close the game was at times. FC improved vastly on the previous weeks’ defeat again to St Helens. First half St Helens looked the better and more threatening side, Grace scored his first of two tries with an acrobatic effort. A huge amount of misfortune was bestowed for Hull centre Josh Griffin who ruptured his Achilles tendon, in doing so dropping the ball for Fages to score an easy try. A try at the start of the second half for Welsby meant Hull had a mountain to climb, 20-2 down. Fonua battled over to start a Hull comeback. The Black and Whites had momentum on their side after Houghton and Scott scored two in quick succession, to put Brett Hodgson’s men within three points. It was not to be as two late Connor errors led to two late Saints tries, first Grace raced 90 meters and then Coote sealed the win. St Helens face Castleford at Wembley. Hull will focus on the Super League.

Beverley ARLFC aimed to get a third victory on the spin when hosting York Acorn. Previous wins against West Hull and Myton Warriors instilled great confidence in Tony Spence’s men. However, as Nick Robinson reported: “As the low score-line suggests, the game was something of a grind. A York Acorn outfit brought size and bulk all around the park and won the arm-wrestle. Of the 3 games, Beverley has played so far this was the toughest. The game saw very few clean breaks from either side.” Beverley’s only try of the game came from Jack Howdle in the first half. The York outfit had slightly too much for the Blue and Golds second half and ran out 13-6 winners.

Beverley Town CC took on Malton and Old Malton CC in the league. Beverley batted first making 162 all. The key batsmen being the number three and number four, Joe Dale making 39 and Gregory Whyley who passed a half-century for 53. The rest of the batting line-up was a little disappointing. With the ball in hand Beverley looked more comfortable, Joey Franklin 3-22, was the best of the bowlers. Although all others who bowled took at least a wicket. Beverley took 25 points from the game.

It was a mixed weekend for Driffield Town CC. They played Clifton Alliance in the league on Saturday and then in the Viking Cup on Sunday. The league fixture did not go to plan. Put into bat, Sam Drury put on 45 off 48 but he was very much on his own as Driffield limped to 133. This was caught in 27.1 overs for only the loss of one wicket. Clifton won the game by a convincing 9 wickets. Immediate revenge was gained on the Sunday in the cup. Driffield elected to field and bowled the hosts out for 164. Sam Drury was the star man with the bat previous game, showed skill taking 3-33. Hardgrave, Anson, and Johnson all took two wickets apiece, not forgetting Harry Burnhill who snaffled the penultimate batter. The game was for the taking, with the guidance of Mark Tennant’s 71 and Danny Broumpton’s 50, both not out, Driffield eased to a 7 wicket win and progress to the next round of the competition.

Reported by: Simon Bromwich