HUNTERS ECB Yorkshire Premier League North 
Premier Division review 
Saturday’s results in the HUNTERS YORK & DISTRICT SENIOR CRICKET LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION went very much according to the form book as the top six all took maximum points off sides in the bottom half of the table. 
League leaders Sessay won at bottom of the table Hull Zingari by eight wickets where Matthew Till (101no) scored a century and Mark Wilkie (63) a half-century the opening pair sharing a stand of 162, in an almost carbon-copy of their performances that previous week against Sheriff Hutton Bridge. This time it helped their side chase down the hosts total of 221-5. Daniel Mould (73) and Laurence Wilkinson (49) had earlier put on 102 for the home sides second wicket paving the way for Gary Abdoll to boost the total with 42 from 23 balls. 
Goole Town were bowled out for under a hundred for the third week in a row this time Folkton & Flixton pair Max Harland (5-20) and Elliot Hatton (3-27) doing most of the damage. Matthew Cooper top scored for the home side with 24 in an otherwise disappointing batting performance. Skipper Tom Norman (49) narrowly missed out on a half-century but that did not prevent his side chasing down their target inside 18 overs to make it three wins from their last four matches and stay second 27 points behind the Sessay. 
Of the sides in the top half York were made to work hardest for their points before eventually overcoming Welton at Clifton Park thanks to a match-winning unbroken eighth wicket partnership of 51 between Iain Jarvis (74no) and Sam Backhouse (32). Chasing a target of 192 the home side were in trouble early on as Tom Brown (3-47) picked up the first three wickets leaving them on 35-3 when Jarvis arrived at the crease. Luke Hills (61) and James Windeatt (70) provided most of the visitors’ total, the latter with his third half-century of the season before becoming one of three expensive wickets for Ted Patmore (3-77). By contrast Tom Backhouse’s efforts were much more miserly conceding just 12 runs from 11 overs as he picked up four wickets including Hills. 
Malton & Old Malton recorded their first win on the road beating Sheriff Hutton Bridge by eight wickets after the hosts collapsed from 82-2 to 118 all out whilst setting a target. Things had been going well with opener David Coverdale on 46 but after he was dismissed by Thomas Bumby (3-26) the innings quickly fell apart Dean Coote finishing with three wickets at the cost of a single run, seven of his eight overs ending as maidens. Visiting openers Michael Linsley (40) and Shaun Harland (28) put on a stand worth more than half the required total and despite both falling to David Hull (2-13) the result was by then a formality. 
Ben Hatfield (97no) narrowly missed the opportunity to become Beverley Town’s second centurion of 2021 but a stand of 102 alongside Gregory Whyley (43) nevertheless helped secure a five-wicket victory against Pickering at Norwood Park, despite Kieran Bowes (5-39) taking all five wickets in the home team’s innings. They were chasing 157 for victory after Thomas Haytack (3-23) and Jamie Roe (4-46) had combined well to restrict the visitors Bowes having top scored with 37 prior to his efforts with the ball, with David Greenlay also making 30. 
Whitkirk’s Simon Webb (105no) scored an unbeaten century to lead his side to victory at Studley Royal. The skipper shared stands of 112 with Josh Watson (35) and 82 alongside Jack Wood (34) reaching their target of 207 with almost ten overs to spare. Steve Walmsley score a run-a-ball 77 not out in the home sides innings and although seven other batters in the line-up reached double figures none of them reached 20 hampering their sides’ ability to post a more challenging target. 
Report by Kevin Hutchinson 
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