It was good day for Beverley Town Cricket Club as all four senior teams won on Saturday on what was a perfect weekend for playing cricket.
York Senior League
Beverley 1st XI 238 for 5 beat Bolton Percy 234 for 9 by 5 wickets
The 1st XI was on its travels again and beat bottom of the table Bolton Percy by five wickets. The home side made a good start with 81 for the first wicket but Jamie Roe removed both openers before 16 year-old Ed Chappell got in on the act with his first 1st XI wicket. Chappell ended with 3 for 44 aided by two stumpings from keeper Mike Cooke and Roe (4 for 45) was back to his parsimonious best.
In a familiar start Town again lost early wickets but Brad Dobson (25), Ben Hatfield (55), and Olly Grantham (43) brought about a recovery. Captain Andy Burton played a vital part in the innings with an unbeaten 73 (13 x 4s) and received support from Cooke (15 no) as Town passed the home total with almost four overs to spare.
Beverley 2nd XI 221 for 6 beat Knaresborough 1st XI 169 all out by 52 runs
Ben Fish and Will parker both had very good days as Town 2nds beat Knaresborough at Norwood. After an early wicket Fish and Parker put on 163 for the second wicket before Fish was out for 70. Parker, who is making an enormous contribution to the team, went on to make his second century of the season before falling for exactly 100. Alan Acklam (17) and Rob Fish (11) added a few runs quickly to take Town to a good score of 221 for 6 in their 48 overs.
The scoreboard showed 75 before Town made a breakthrough when Pete Parnaby struck. 13 year-old Jacob Hunter then took two wickets in two balls to leave the visitors at 79 for 3. Ben Fish then joined the attack to take 3 for 21 as Hunter (3-25) had further success and Guy Brumfield weighed in with 2 for 59. Parnaby (2-34) then dovetailed the Knaresborough innings with his second wicket at 169 all out in the 38th over. Town are in third place in Division One after ten games.
Holderness Division 2
Beverley 3rd XI 186 for 8 beat Driffield 3rd XI 151 all out by 35 runs
Captain Tim Fordon and Paul Best were the main contributors to the 3rds 184 for 8 at home to Driffield 3rds which was enough to give them a third successive league win. Town, guilty of some indifferent batting, were struggling at 60 for 5 when Fordon joined opener Best at the crease. They added 80 runs before Best was out for an excellent 56. Fordon remained unbeaten on 58 as Town lost just two further wickets in their 45 overs.
Craig Foster and Richie Singh opened the bowling for Town and had some success as Driffield were in trouble at 3 for 3 then 44 for 5. The next wicket did not fall until the total stood at 121 as Singh (4-31) and Foster (3-41) returned to the attack. Lewis Richardson, promoted from the 4ths, took 1 for 25 and Kieran O’Brian (2-12) claimed the last two wickets to fall as Driffield were all out for 151 in the 41st over.
Holderness Division 4
Beverley 4th XI 145 for 4 beat Brandesburton 2nd XI 143 all out by 6 wickets
Town fielded a very strong side at struggling Brandesburton and came away comfortable winners. The home side featured three Beverley youngsters on loan and they are gaining valuable league cricket experience. The home side were asked to bat first and Town’s five bowlers shared the wickets with Tom Barnard (3-25) the most successful. Harry Smith (2-38) and Iain Sugdon (2-25) put in good spells and there was a wicket each for Charlie Bough and Charles Fish.
Holderness Sunday Conference
Beverley 5th XI v Gilberdyke 2nd XI – game conceded by Gilberdyke
Once again the 5ths were let down by their opponents in what is threatening to develop into a frustrating first campaign in the Sunday Conference.