Sessay back on top in title race
Posted on 1st August 2021 at 01:14
Premier Division review
Sessay took advantage of no play being possible in the game between Pickering and leaders Folkton & Flixton to return to the top of the Hunters York & District Senior Cricket League Premier Division. Despite Whitkirk’s Michael O’Brien (6-89) taking six wickets the new league leaders reached 242-9, Matthew Till scoring 38 for the visitors before Joseph Watson (54) put on 85 with Craig Ross (35) and a further 51 alongside Tim Hall (46). The only time the home side looked likely to challenge the target came during a partnership of 71 between Sean Pickles (47) and Jack Wood (52) and the pair turned out to be the only batters to reach double figures, Liam Carver (3-36) and Tim Hall (3-35) taking three wickets each, as the side were bowled out for 164.
Beverley Town are up to third after they secured a comfortable victory over Sheriff Hutton Bridge, Joe Dale guiding them to an eight wicket win with an unbeaten 40. Jamie Roe took six for 26 as the visitors were bowled out for 130, Matthew Maltby (43) struggling to find support after Tatenda Shuttleworth-Richardson (20) departed with the total on 57-3, the first of Roe’s wickets. The hosts top order produced a solid performance openers Olly Grantham (22) and Ben Hatfield (31) putting on 51 before Dale and Gregory Whyley (25) wrapped up a third consecutive win for the side from Norwood Park.
A stand of 102 for the sixth wicket between York pair Nick Kay (42no) and Tom Bates (58no) secured a seemingly unlikely victory over Hull Zingari at Clifton Park. Opener James Phillips (68) held the early part of the visitors’ innings together as Kay (4-65) took three of the first four wickets to fall, but Tom Douglas (73) and Faraz Dar (32) were able to score freely towards the back end of the innings their side reaching 256-8. The hosts made a strong start through Neil Laidlaw (42) and Iain Jarvis (38) but three wickets from James Dunning (3-62) left the game hanging in the balance at 156-5 when Bates joined Kay at the crease. Their third straight win moves York up to fourth in the table whilst Hull drop into the relegation places.
Welton climbed out of the bottom three with a surprise victory over Malton & Old Malton in a game that went down to the wire, the hosts securing their third home win of the season by just ten runs. Half-centuries from Matthew Wilkinson (54) and Daniel Giddings (57) helped them reach 204-7, the latter one of four wickets for Dean Coote (4-50). The visitors made a good start reaching 71 before the first wicket fell thanks largely to Michael Linsley (31) but from 71-0 they slumped to 90-5 Ollie Thane with 3-26. Ryan Gaughan gave his side a chance with 34 and the provision of 43 extras did little to help the hosts cause but, in the end, they held their nerve to earn a crucial win in the battle to avoid relegation.
Bottom of the table Goole Town were bowled out for under 100 for the seventh time in 2021 this latest time for just 44 at Studley Royal, Matthew Coad taking five for 10 from 14 overs, ten of which were maidens. Leo Wilson’s figures were almost as spectacular as he took 3-6 from six overs. None of the batting side reached double figures in the sides lowest total of what is proving to be a tough season following their promotion at the end of 2019. The hosts, who are also involved the battle to avoid relegation reached the target in 12.2 overs.
Report by Kevin Hutchinson
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