York Vs Beverley Town CC – Match Report
At Clifton Park, 3 August. York won by eight wickets.
York 10pts, Beverley Town 0pts. Toss: Beverley Town.
It was a memorable afternoon at Clifton Park not only because of the result but also that those present witnessed Duncan Snell add another record to a growing list of achievements as he became the first batsman to score 4000 runs in Yorkshire League North. The York captain was not the only one celebrating, Jack Charters also had reason to feel good with a season best three for 46, and it was the young seamer who set the hosts on the way to a convincing victory over the league’s bottom side. His opening burst reduced the visitors to 17 for three inside the first half dozen overs. The wickets included leading run scorer Ben Hatfield, a rising ball taking the outside edge through to the wicket-keeper. Harry Gamble was one of only two batsmen in top eight to reach double figures making 15 before going to an excellent one handed catch low down at slip by Nick James off Guy Darwin. The bowler should have had his man four balls earlier when a straight forward catch was put down in the deep, fortunately for the home side the drop did not prove too costly. The left arm seam of captain Snell has on occasion in the past produced some notable breakthroughs but nothing on the scale of what was to come as he took over from Darwin at the Shipton Road End. An uneventful first over offered little sign of what was to come in the second, the fourth ball of which trapped opposite number Andrew Burton lbw, Greg Whyley shouldered arms to the next delivery resulting in a first ball duck and when Matthew Mudd, facing the hat-trick ball, tentatively pushed forward missing the ball which cannoned into the pad the umpire had no hesitation in raising the finger for a third time. It meant Snell had matched the exploits of Tom Pringle against Easingwold in 2017, but more importantly appeared to have given the side a stranglehold over the game with Beverley in deep trouble on 53 for seven. What followed was a show of defiance from Olly Grantham and Jamie Roe, their partnership of 84 from 20 overs was the second highest eighth wicket partnership in the competition. Grantham narrowly missed what would have been a richly deserved half-century when he was lbw to Daniel Woods for 48 and the spinner also bowled Roe for 45 much to the consternation of the batsman who initial refused to go claiming he had not been ready to face the delivery. A last wicket stand of 22 primarily from the bat of Joey Franklin (23) boosted the total to 168. The absence from the line-up, due to a county call, of Jack Leaning provided the opportunity for Ben Robinson to move up to open the innings, and the youngster took the chance scoring 20 of a 52 run stand before been well caught by Jamie Roe who took the catch over his shoulder running back at mid-on. A straight drive for four off Roe brought Snell to his personal milestone in what was his 77th innings, the magnitude of the feat possibly best demonstrated by the fact the next best in the run scoring chart trails his total by more than 1300. The eighth four of the left-handers innings took him past 50 for the 40th time in the competition and the ball crossed the boundary a further six times before he was finally out lbw for 82 as he tried to work the ball leg off Edward Chappell. By that stage the result was beyond doubt a second wicket partnership worth 98 shared with James Billington having taken the side to within 19 runs of their target. The Australian continued a recent run of good form finishing unbeaten on 44 as Chris Booth struck back-to-back boundaries at the start of the 34th over to seal the points.