Sessay strengthen grip on top spot
Posted on 6th June 2021 at 00:28
Premier Division review
Sessay recorded their third straight win and coupled with defeat for second placed Pickering means they strengthen their position at the top of the Hunters York & District Senior League Premier Division. An unbeaten half-century from Joseph Watson (59no) was the standout performance in a 114-run victory over a Goole Town side that now sit bottom of the competition. Craig Ross contributed 43 to the visitors 213-7 which included a seventh wicket partnership of 54 between Watson and Liam Carver who was last to be dismissed as David England (3-41) took three wickets late on. Goole struggled in reply Stuart Peirse (4-32) taking four wickets as they were bowled out for 99.
Pickering lost at Whitkirk where the hosts’ captain Simon Webb scored an unbeaten 62 guiding his side to a nine- wicket victory alongside Josh Watson (30no), the pair with a match-winning stand of 81. The visitors had earlier been bowled out for 106 with Tom Webb (4-50) once again in the wickets and Jack Wood taking 3-28. Daniel Harper top scored with 38 for the side which had begun the day in second place defending an unbeaten record but slip to fifth as a result of the loss.
Malton & Old Malton’s last wicket pair hung on for the final two overs of their match against Beverley Town to deny the home side a victory. Gregory Whyley (53) scored his second half-century of the season and alongside Joe Dale (39) added 80 for the third wicket as the hosts reached 162 before being bowled out Tom Bumby finishing with 4-40. Opener Michael Linsley got the visitors’ reply off to a good start with 51 and Matthew Turnbull (34) was able to hold the innings together but three wickets from Joey Franklin (3-22) hampered the batting sides progress and they had reached 149-9 by the close.
The game of the day took place at Clifton Park where Alex Liley (101) and Tom Norman (105) made centuries for their respective sides, both sides scored more than 270 and just five runs separated York and Folkton & Flixton at the end of an absorbing contest. Skipper Tom Norman and Will Hutchinson shared a stand of 166 either side of which Sam Backhouse (6-49) picked up six wickets as the visitors were dismissed o the final ball of their 50 overs for 279. Nick James (93) and Alex Liley (101) responded with a partnership of 152 for the hosts but after both were dismissed by Richard Malthouse (5-47) the chase lost some of its momentum and finished with the score on 274-9 leaving both teams felling they were within touching distance of victory.
Sheriff Hutton Bridge beat Hull Zingari by 56 runs at Moor Farm to climb off the foot of the table, the visitors who remain winless replacing them. The fifth wicket pair of Kiran Chakraborty (48) and Matthew Maltby (40) put on 58 which would prove to be the difference between the sides, Jack Hugill having earlier scored 35. Despite their efforts the innings was largely kept in check by Nathan Johnson (3-44) and Gavin Wilkinson (3-36) who each picked up three wickets in a total of 176-9. Matthew Bird (3-11) took wickets at either end of the visitors’ reply and by the time Gary Abdoll came to the crease most of the damage had been done, he top scored with 34 from number eight in the line-up as the team were bowled out for 120.
Studley Royal recorded back-to-back wins for the first time in a disjointed campaign beating Welton at home by 66 runs. Host’s skipper Matthew Coad (34) top scored in his sides total of 154 and there were three wickets each for Luke Hills (3-37) and Ollie Thane (3-25). Matthew Wilkinson opened for the visitors making 30 but after he was out with the score on 47 the side lost their remaining wickets for the addition of just 41 more Arran Pawley with 3-24 and Steve Walmsley with the remarkable figures of four wickets for four runs.
Report by Kevin Hutchinson
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