Runners-up spot almost guaranteed for the 4ths

Beverley CC - 4th XI vs Patrington CC - 2nd XI
Beverley CC - 4th XI vs Patrington CC - 2nd XI

Beverley 4ths entertained Patrington 2nd XI, knowing a win was needed to keep their title dream alive.

Batting first on another excellent wicket, Dave Parry continued his late season form with his first 50 of the campaign. He was supported by Under 15 player Tom Norton who continued his development, the pair building a solid 93-run partnership before Parry fell for 57.

Norton then reached his maiden 50 in senior cricket before being caught with the score on 131/4 with eight overs remaining.

Captain Rich Simpson and Eddie Salmon then put on 73 before Simpson fell for 41 and Salmon departed for 47 with one ball remaining as the 4ths posted a challenging 223/6.

Patrington set off well with the openers looking in good form. Iain Sugdon (2-30) broke through to a sharp catch from Simpson and then bowled the other opener to leave the game balanced at 98/2.

Beverley’s fielding was again excellent and Salmon produced a sharp run out. Neil Graham was introduced and he again made the difference with 2-27.

Another fine run out from Salmon left Patrington at 151/6 and only the 4ths could now win the game.

Jake McMullen (1-49) returned to take the seventh wicket but despite Beverley’s best attempts Patrington held on for a deserved draw, ending the innings on 177/7.

This result means Patrington should win the league but the 4ths would only need to take two points from their last game of the season to finish runners-up.