All of the Beverley Town CC teams produced good performances over the weekend to register two league wins, two winning draws and an excellent cup win. A youthful 4th XI led the way on Saturday, followed by the 3rds who continued their good form with a third league win and the two senior sides both scored well over 200 runs and claimed comfortable winning draws. The icing on the cake was the York Senior League Cup victory on Sunday.
York Senior League
Beverley 1st XI drew with Heworth
1st XI 239 for 9
Beverley 1st X1 gained 26 well earned points with a winning draw against bottom of the table Heworth at Norwood last Saturday. Replicating the previous home game the Beverley top three all made good starts scoring at a healthy rate of four an over. Heworth introduced two spinners forcing mistakes from the batsmen and Beverley were reduced to 100 for 3. Peter Groves (33), Jamie Mitchell (27) and Jon Fisher (35) were the top order men to go but Tony Spence and Faisal Abid (27) held the innings together, Spence, having a very good season so far, batting with particular maturity and skill. Other contributions came from Olly Grantham (20), Alan Acklam (14) and James Emery (14 no) before Spence was eventually dismissed in the final over of the innings for a well earned 52 setting the visitors a target of 240 for victory.
Skipper Alan Acklam had been forced to bring back opening bowler and 2nd team skipper Simon Roe (1-48) into the fold and he was his usual reliable self. Roe was well supported by Matthew Mudd (2-55) and they did not allow the Heworth batsmen any opportunity to mount a challenge on the imposing total. Without any intent to chase down the Beverley total Heworth managed to keep wickets intact until the introduction of Steve Blake saw a change in the game. Mudd captured his second wicket and Blake claimed 3 for 30 but Heworth held out for a losing draw closing on 185 for 8. This left Town with 27 points from 30 for the advantage draw and a move up to seventh place in the Premier League table.
Beverley travelled to Clifton, York for the League Cup fixture and won by two wickets. Jon Fisher was pressed into action as a bowler and returned the best figures of 3 for 18 as the home side were restricted to 192 for 9 from 40 overs. Jamie Roe completed an excellent personal weekend when he impressed on his 1st XI debut with figures of 1 for 35 from his eight overs. Matthew Mudd (1-28), late replacement Simon Roe (2-26) and Tony Spence (1-26) were the other wicket takers and Town turned in a good fielding display in support.
Jon Vodden (39), Tony Spence (25) and Olly Grantham (23) were the top scorers, after a rare failure for Fisher, in the Beverley reply and Mudd (14) hit one big six, but it was left to 3rd XI skipper Kieran O’Brian (20 no) and Steve Blake (12 no) to guide their side home with almost three overs to spare. Their unbroken partnership of 34 secured a good win for Beverley who now travel to Acomb or Dunnington in the second round on June 19th.
Beverley 2nd XI drew with Ripon
2nd XI 222 for 6
Ripon 152 for 6
Beverley Town 2nd Xl came away from Ripon on Saturday with an encouraging winning draw. Stand-in skipper Tim Smith lost the toss and Beverley were asked to bat first. They got off to a slow start and lost two early wickets, the two previously in-form openers Smith and Ben Fish being the victims.
At 14 for 2 Ripon could have pressed home their advantage but Paul Best and Pete Hynes came together and formed a solid partnership of 71. This was only ended when Best was run out, much to his disappointment, for an excellent 49. Hynes then took control, stepping up a gear, and started to find his form in the process launching the ball all around the park. He was particularly severe on the new bowler and although wickets started to fall Hynes and the experienced Tim Fordon (21) increased the tempo even higher. Hynes brought up his century in style with a straight six and was eventually out for 108, his maiden century for Beverley. The Beverley total of 222 for 6 from their 45 overs looked a decent score on a variable wicket.
Ripon started off like a train before Nic Robinson (1-64) and Bradley Dobson (2-26) started to find their form and removed the Ripon top order. Dobson put in a much better performance, bowling with great pace, hurrying up the home batsmen on a number of occasions. They were well supported by the economical Pete Parnaby (13-3-26-2) and Jamie Roe (11-2-22-0). The experienced Parnaby and the 14 year old Roe put the pressure on the batsmen side rushing through their overs, stifling the scoring rate, ending any hope of a home win. Ripon eventually settled for a losing draw on 152 for 6 giving them just seven points but Beverley left with 26 deserved points from a possible 30.
East Yorkshire Alliance
Beverley 3rd XI beat Hessle 1st XI by 64 runs
3rd XI 239 for 3
Hessle 175 all out
The 3rds recent good form continued with their best all round peformance of the season. Hessle were the visitors to Norwood Park and having won the toss were asked to field on a superb looking wicket. The Town batsmen utilized the facilities to the full in racking up an impressive 239 for 3 from their 48 overs. The in-form Rich Moon batted through in the innings for an unbeaten 94. Moon received good support from Rob Todd (31) and Graeme Taylor scored another half century, making 52. Moon and Taylor shared in a partnership of 101. All-rounder Paul Fleming chipped in with 25 not out at the end of the innings.
In reply, it was obvious from ball one that Hessle intended to play their shots but with some good bowling, excellent ground fielding and catching Beverley bowled the visitors out for 175. Opening bowler Adam Nicholson (3-41) was the pick of the bowling attack and he was backed up by the improving Matt Saint (2-37) who returned to take the last two wickets. Skipper Kieran O’Brian (2-27) and Rob Emery (3-17) both turned in useful performances and Todd backed up the bowlers with a very good display as wicket-keeper.
Beverley 4th XI beat Pelican by 3 wickets
Pelican 113 all out
4th XI 116 for 7
Beverley 4ths, fielding seven U17 and Under 15 players, travelled to second placed Pelican and came away with their third victory of the season. Fielding first, the ever improving Kez Thompson (1-15) made the early breakthrough backed up by Alan Hammond (1-16) who bowled eight tight overs.
The big hitting Smedley (36) and opener Bell (28) took the score to 78 before relative veteran Sam Welburn made the breakthrough, bowling Smedley. James Grainger bowled a tight spell without managing to take a wicket but the introduction of Jacob McMullen and Matt Novis into the attack then changed the game. McMullen continued his good form to take 2 for 10 from his five overs, whilst U17 captain Novis took the final three wickets in his third over to end with the impressive return of 4 for 7. Beverley’s fielding was excellent, debutant Joe Morley making some excellent stops and Sam Roe taking a difficult catch as Pelican were all out for 113.
Openers Neil Goforth and Rob Fish made a positive start, before Goforth fell with the score on 24. Fish followed for 14 and Beverley were soon 37 for 3. A productive stand between skipper Rich Simpson and Hammond took the score to 71 before Hammond was run out for 19. Wickets then began to fall quickly and when Simpson was out for 32, the score was 89 for 7. McMullen then joined Novis and the bowling heroes became the batting heroes too. McMullen hit three boundaries in his 15 not out and Novis remained calm with 6 not out to complete the victory as Beverley reached 116 for 7. This was another excellent result for the 4ths proving the strength in junior cricket at Norwood.
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