Beverley Town Cricket Club 1st and 2nd XIs produced excellent performances last Saturday to maintain their good runs.
The 4th XI had an easy win to move closer to honours. The 3rds lost a tight game and the 5ths were unfortunate to have their game cancelled due to a rare wet day on Sunday.
York Senior League
Town 1sts chose to bat first and lost two early wickets before Harry Gamble and Olly Grantham added 70 in good time, Gamble out for 43 with the total 96. Grantham soon followed for 47 from just 53 balls and a fifth wicket fell at 122. An excellent partnership of 108 between Greg Whyley (52) and Mike Cooke lifted the Town spirits and took the total to 230 for 6 when Whyley was out off the last ball of the last over of the innings. Cooke remained unbeaten on 45 for 47 balls.
Studley had 53 on the board before they lost their first wicket, Brad Graham the successful bowler, but wickets fell regularly leaving Studley at 99 for 5 between the rain showers. Graham (2-26) had further success and Matthew Mudd bowled his 15 overs taking 3 for 48. A run out for Whyley and wickets for slow bowlers Jamie Roe (2-31) and Andy Burton (1-40) left Studley hanging on at 152 for 9 but the last pair negotiated the remaining overs reaching 175 for 9. Town claimed 27 points from the draw as they continued their good run.
The Hunters Cup Semi-Final between Beverley 1st XI and Malton & Old Malton 1st XI was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Beverley 2nd XI 282 for 5 beat Harrogate 2nd XI 86 all out by 196 runs
A magnificent 162 from Will Parker was the highlight of Beverley 2nds huge win against a very youthful Harrogate 2nds at Norwood last Saturday. Parker and Tony Spence added 61 for the first wicket before the latter was out for 23. Rob Fish (40) and Paul Best (28 no) offered valuable support as Parker, showing great application and shot selection, hit 18 boundaries and a six in his marathon effort until he was fourth out with the score on 265.
At 5 for 2 and 26 for 5 Harrogate were in trouble and despite some lovely shots from some of the later batsmen they never recovered. Connor Bowden took 3 for 46 and youngster Ed Chappell produced a remarkable spell of 4 for 6 from seven overs. Joey Franklin then took up a role that he is becoming accustomed to when he finished the Harrogate innings with three quick wickets for just four runs leaving Town to collect thirty more points as they challenge for a promotion place.
Holderness Division 2
Beverley 3rd XI 178 for 6 lost to Welton & Brough 1st XI 179 for 6 by 4 wickets
Beverley 3rds lost in a tight finish at Welton as only two balls remained when they were finally beaten. A much improved performance saw Will Fish, Rich Riley and Ranbir Singh dominate the runs column for their team. After being asked to bat first Town made a disastrous start with three wickets down before double figures had been reached. Opener Fish batted through the innings for an unbeaten 85 and support came from Riley (48) with his best innings of the season and Singh (27). Unfortunately no other batsman scored more than three runs as Town closed on 178 for 6.
Owen Parnaby claimed an early wicket and fellow opener Kieran O’Brian took 1 for 46. Matty Saint, continuing with his developing slow bowling took 2 for 36 and the consistent Craig Foster (1-28) put in his usual good shift. Despite the bowler’s best efforts and a run out from Singh the winning runs came from the last over bowled by Parnaby (1-24). The 3rds have now won seven, lost seven and lie in seventh place in Holderness Division 2.
Holderness Division 4
Beverley 4th XI 84 for 4 beat Hull Strikers 83 all out by 6 wickets
Table toppers Beverley 4th XI strolled to a comfortable win against one of their nearest challengers when they beat Hull Strikers by six wickets at Norwood. Opening bowlers Charlie Bough and Charles Fish offered the visitors nothing and they shared five wickets with just 43 on the board. Fish impressively rattled through ten overs taking 4 for 29 while Bough weighed in with 1 for 11 from six. Jacob Hunter joined in to take 2 for 6 and Lew Richardson recorded 2 for 16 before Simon Lazenby (1-5) wrapped up the innings with just 83 on the board.
Martin Oosthuizen (18) took Town halfway to their target and Hunter (21) and Tom Patey (15) made useful contributions. Youngster Adam Pashby hit the winning run in the twentieth over as Town moved closer to the Holderness Division 4 title. Barring a situation where no points are collected this coming Saturday promotion should be secured as Town lead the second placed team by 68 points and third placed Hull Strikers by 118 points with four games to play.
Beverley 5th XI against Eastrington was abandoned without a ball being bowled.