Final ball thriller boosts Sessay's advantage
Posted on 30th May 2021 at 01:11
Premier Division review
Sessay increased their advantage at the top of the Hunters York & District Senior Cricket League by beating nearest challengers Beverley Town by the narrowest of margins at Oval View. The contest reduced to 30 overs a side went right to the wire the hosts winning off the final ball with their last two batters at the wicket. The visitors were restricted to 111-7 with Matthew Till finishing with 3-36 including the wicket of top scorer Ben Hatfield who made 24. The hosts reply began poorly three wickets falling before the score had reached 20, captain Mark Jackson played the stand-out innings of the day to put his side in with a chance of victory with 44 but there was plenty of drama to come once he was out with 19 runs needed off four overs, with two needed from five balls Joe Dale (3-19) claimed back to back wickets to put the game on a knife edge but Stephen Langstaff was able to hold his nerve and score the winning run.
Will Norman’s (53) third half-century of the season and an unbeaten 61 from Harry Walmsley helped Folkton & Flixton reach 266-7at home to Whitkirk, the total also including 42 from Richard Malthouse. The visitors put a spirited reply lead by Tom Webb with 73 but despite a further half-century from Jack Wood (53) the hosts came out on top by 47 runs, Connor Stephenson taking 3-47.
The result means Folkton & Flixton are up to third just behind Pickering who had to settle for a draw after they were left frustrated by Welton’s last wicket pair. Three wickets each for Tom Brown (3-52) and Matthew Wilkinson (3-19) saw the home side bowled out for 190 with Daniel Ward (41) and Kieran Bowes (39no) the leading contributors. The visitors never looked like threatening that total but despite four wickets from Tim Whincup (4-45) they held on for 53 overs to take a share of the points.
Hull Zingari climbed off the foot of the table as they got the better of a drawn contest with fellow strugglers Goole Town. Opener Jack Storey made 35 and skipper Matthew Bunn 69 as hosts Hull made a decent start but three wickets each from Richard Mann (3-20) and Louis Sugden (3-19) dragged the innings back leaving the visitors chasing 176 for victory. Ben Shelton (29) and Ashton Nottingham (38) both fell to Jason Hellwig who finished with 4-42 but despite his wickets an unbroken partnership worth 44 between Louis Sugden (33no) and Richard Mann still offered hope of a win to the visitors who eventually closed on 160-7.
A spirited partnership between skipper Alex Collins (53no) and Tom Bates (30no) was not able to get York the victory over Malton & Old Malton with both sides having to settle for a draw. Matthew Turnbull, who played briefly for York, top scored with 39 in the home sides total of 186 all out, Matthew Hodsdon (3-40) and Ted Patmore (3-61) both picking up three wickets. Luke Smith (3-35) took the wickets of the visitors top three batters but could not dislodge the visiting captain who completed the third half-century of his reign in a match which leaves both sides comfortable in mid-table.
Leo Wilson (31 & 3-22) featured prominently with both bat and ball as Studley Royal moved out of the relegation places with a 30-run victory over Sheriff Hutton Bridge at Moor Farm. Steven Walmsley (38) put on 72 for the sixth wicket with Wilson before the latter became one of five wickets for Matthew Bird (5-51), Daniel Cass (3-32) picked up three wickets early in the innings which ended when the visitors were bowled out for 175. Michael Litterbach (3-24) disrupted the chase in the early stages with three wickets, but it was Wilson (3-22) who wrapped up the victory with the final two wickets.
Report by Kevin Hutchinson
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