A Bridge too far as top order struggles

Beverley CC 1st XI v Sheriff Hutton CC - Cricket Action - Pictures By Paul Linton
Beverley CC 1st XI v Sheriff Hutton CC - Cricket Action - Pictures By Paul Linton

Batting first at home to Sheriff Hutton Bridge, Beverley 1st XI slumped to 26/2 before Olly Grantham (21) brought a revival of sorts to 62/3.

Captain Jon Fisher (23) and Mike Cooke (14) got starts but did not progress as a by-now familiar top order capitulation left Town at 95/6.

Once again the lower order rallied to the cause led by last specialist batsman Andy Burton. Burton made 36 guiding his sided to 174 before being the eighth man out.

A partnership of 46 with Matthew Mudd (28), who hit some nice shots in-between evading anything short, and one of 27 with Tom Haytack (24) who got going with two glorious cover drives, preceded a cameo unbeaten 22 by Jamie Roe as Town closed on 206/9.

A first wicket stand of 58 saw SHB get off to a good start but two wickets fell for four runs to give Beverley hope of a positive result.

Once again it was Roe who led the way with 4-61 and Mudd (1-55) and Greg Whyley (1-23) also claimed a wicket. SHB eventually won with two-and-a-half overs to spare to leave Town with just eight points.

Beverley Town 2nd XI maintained their place at the top of the Division Two (South) table with an eight-wicket win at Clifton Alliance.

The home side started well and a half-century opening partnership gave them a platform for a good total. Both Brad Dobson (1-34) and Kez Thompson were expensive but the former claimed the first wicket to fall at 53.

Change bowlers Steve Blake and James Emery (1-37) claimed a wicket each to leave the home side at 94/3. Blake (2-40) took a further wicket before a run out left the home side at 128/5.

Wickets for the returning Thompson (3-50) and Pete Parnaby (1-21) restricted Clifton to 196/9 from their 45 overs.

Paul Best, who had shown some form in the 3rd XI, was reinstated to the 2nds to replace absent skipper Tim Smith and he made an unbeaten century as a second wicket partnership of 172 with Dobson (54) was only ended with the scores level.

New batsmen Jon Vodden played out a maiden to allow Best (103 no) to hit the winning runs and complete his century from the first ball of the 41st over.