HUNTERS ECB Yorkshire Premier League North 
Premier Division review 
New-signing Joe Dale (119no) began the season in style with an opening day century for Beverley Town who won a high scoring encounter with Whitkirk in the Hunters York & District Senior League Premier Division at Norwood Park by six wickets. The former Acomb batsman scored at more than a run-a-ball and shared a fourth wicket stand of 150 with Anthony Spence as the hosts chased down a target of 254 with almost ten overs to spare. Earlier in the day Sam Parker (74) and Simon Webb (52) had both score half-centuries for the visitors whilst took Thomas Haytack (4-52) to limit the total in good batting conditions. 
Welton were the day’s top scorers with a total of 273-9, that coming despite Richard Mann’s 4-52 for Goole Town. James Windeatt (71) and Thomas Copp (67) made major contributions for the visitors and Rob Page finished unbeaten on 41. The home side’s reply never really got going as Luke Hills (4-31) and Sam Bates (3-22) shared seven wickets and it took 46 late on from Lewis Moore to boost the hosts total from 70-8 to 123 which still resulted in a 150-run defeat. 
The tightest finish of the day came at Hull Zingari were the hosts lost out by just four runs to Folkton & Flixton. Will Norman (79no) and Connor Stephenson (43no) put on a 103-run partnership for the seventh wicket after Callum Hellwig (3-73) had taken three wickets including Tom Norman (39) and James Clark (36) the visitors eventually reaching 256-6. Matthew Bunn (85) and Nathan Johnson (63) looked to be steering the home side in the right direction before both eventually falling to Tom Norman (4-61) who also picked up the wicket of Gary Abdoll (61) and bowled the crucial final over conceding just two runs and taking the final ‘Zingari wicket with three balls of the contest remaining. 
Sessay may have finished the 2019 season with the disappointment of relegation but they began the new season with a victory at home against Malton & Old Malton. Mark Wilkie (60), Tim Hall (59no) and Craig Ross (57) all passed fifty as the host reached 242-8, Darren Coates returning the best bowling figures for either side with 4-54. The visitors looked to be in the game thanks to half-centuries from Michael Linsley (55) and Matthew Turnbull (52) but the innings ran out steam and they were eventually dismissed for 207. 
Pickering’s David Greenlay produced the Premier Division’s best bowling figures of the day claiming 5-28 from 15 overs at Moor Farm where Sheriff Hutton Bridge were bowled out for 150, three further wickets going to Kieran Bowes (3-29). David Coverdale made 34 and Conner Campbell 44 but the total never looked likely to be enough, and the visitors reached their target inside 34 overs. Daniel Ward (47) narrowly missing out on a half-century for the away side before becoming one of three wickets for David Hull (3-35) and Andrew Sharman contributed 37 to the successful chase. 
Neil Laidlaw had a fine all-round day for York as they won at Studley Royal by seven wickets, he took 4-16 including the wicket of Steve Walmsley who made 82 in the home sides total of 182 all out, and then opened the batting making 42 adding 72 with Tom Spearman (31). Three quick wickets from Matthew Coad (3-34) threatened to de-rail the visitors’ innings but an unbroken stand of 101 between Bevan Fawcett (41no) and skipper Alex Collins (62no) saw their side over the line. 
Report by Kevin Hutchinson 
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