Weekend Review – 26th July 2021
A busy weekend for all our sporting sides. Two rugby league fixtures, three cricket games, and all our football sides were in pre-season action.
Hull FC and Hull KR both returned to action after a long lay-off. The Black and Whites lost on Thursday night to Huddersfield Giants 40-26. Hull Kingston Rovers were back after over a month. The Robins faced a domineering Catalans Dragons side who had only one league defeat to their name this season. Rovers fought hard leading 26-12 at half-time. Jordan Abdull had an inspired game that included two tries. It was not enough for Tony Smith’s men as they ran out of steam towards the end. A late penalty from Mourgue meant Catalans won 32-30. Beverley ARLFC had yet another week without a game due to illness. While our Rugby Union side Beverley RUFC finally have returned to pre-season training ahead of their season starting in September.
Beverley Town CC had a semi-final this weekend. Their first focus was on the league game away at Goole Town CC. The visitors put the hosts in to bat first, this turned out to be a tremendous decision. Goole skittled for just 88. Keeper Ben Shelton was the only player to score in double digits. Joey Franklin will gain all the plaudits with an exceptional 7-30 (10.5 overs). Jamie Roe and Harry Metcalfe both are not to be forgotten with economical bowling, Roe 2-24 (13 overs) and Metcalfe 1-10 (6 overs). Batting however was not easy going for the visitors. Opener Olly Grantham scored 25, number 3, Joe Dale 15, while the rest of the top order struggled. Fish and Harrison eventually took Beverley over the line to win by 5 wickets.
Sunday saw Beverley travel to Harrogate seconds in the Semi-Final of the Hunters Cup. Town chose to bat first scoring 222 from 40 overs. Anthony Spence and Brad Dobson both scoring half-centuries. The middle-order picked up a smattering of runs which helped the visitors on their way. Harrogate’s top order showed promise with four scores of 25 plus. The middle to lower order crumbled when Harrogate needed them. Captain Jamie Roe amongst the wickets once again with four, Edward Chappell and Andrew Burton both picked up two, Jacob Hunter dismissed one. The final wicket fell through a run-out as Beverley progressed to the finals winning by two wickets.
Driffield Town CC travelled to Woodhouse Grange full of confidence against a side that has struggled to win recently. Grange were put in to bat first producing 256/7 from the full 50 overs. Christopher Bilton provided an excellent, unbeaten 142. The majority of Driffield’s bowlers struggled, James Anson however, took 5-40 from 13 overs. When into bat Driffield struggled. Middle-order batsman Jack Oakley made 34 and tailender Jamie Greavson made 30. No other player scored above 11 as Town crashed to a 132-run defeat.
Hull City kicked off pre-season with two friendlies on the same day. Mansfield were the visitors at the MKM Stadium as City lost 2-1. Danny Johnson scored a brace for Mansfield, including a first-half penalty. City’s only goal came from a powerful header by Josh Magennis during the second half. The second game was away at Glanford Park. Despite the new signings that were on show the main attention was on Tom Huddlestone’s return to Black and Amber, as he continued to prove his fitness in an attempt to find a new club. City won 1-0 with an excellent Andy Cannon strike in the 85th minute being the difference between the two teams.
North Ferriby ended their pre-season with a 5-1 thrashing of Albion Sport. You can read the full report here. Ferriby start the 2021/22 league campaign next Saturday. Beverley Town travelled to Bridlington Town. Brid are three tiers higher in the footballing pyramid but a spirited performance from Beverley saw them only lose 3-2. Goals came from Adam Bowes and Danny Norton. Hull City Ladies also had a fixture this weekend. Without 10 first-team players, it was a tough task. Goals came from Anna Bowman and Jen Randall as the Tigress’ lost 4-2 against Bradford City Women.
Reported by: Simon Bromwich