Morton’s knock is key to Ripon’s draw

Ripon CC consolidated their mid-table spot in Division Two North’s with a hard-earned draw against York III on 
Saturday.

After losing the toss, Ripon were sent in to bat first and Matthew Morton racked up 60 runs as part of a competitive 174 total from 45 overs.

York’s response was laboured as young bowler Henry Saul claimed three wickets while conceding only two runs as the visitors racked up just 67 from 43 overs.

Ripon came out with 25 points from the draw, with York taking four points.

Elsewhere in the Division, Thirsk slipped to their seventh defeat of the season after an 82-run reverse against Doncombe Park.

Park batted first but could only reach 154 despite an impressive 93 from Brian Leckenby. Jake Porter did all he could for Thirsk, taking home an impressive five-wicket haul, but his side’s run chase proved to be insufficient as only Ross McAndrew and Mark Cook could reach double figures in their 72 runs.

Meanwhile, Premier Division outfit Studley Royal handed a timely boost to their fight against relegation by taking 12 points from an impressive tie with fourth-placed Acomb.

Studley, who sit second-bottom of the top tier having won just once all season, won the toss and sent Acomb in to bat before clearing them out for 191 on the back for a three-wicket haul for Glenn Carlton.

Studley’s reponse was spirited and they earned a fine draw with one of the Division’s form sides after Matthew Dale hit a defiant 86 in a 161 run chase.

Finally, Sessay, who claimed the Division Two title two weeks ago, fell to a shock 95-run defeat against sixth-placed Goole Town – their first reverse of the season.

Despite Sessay still sitting 95 points clear at the top, it was Goole who put in a Champion performance, taking 30 points from the clash thanks to star performances from Oliver Sugden, who rattled up 70 runs, and Ben Lamb, impressive with ball in hand as he took six wickets for 15 runs.

Bank Holiday Monday proved to be a near complete washout with Ripon and Thirsk seeing their games abandoned without a ball being bowled, while it was a similar story for Sessay.

In one of just three Premier Division fixtures which went ahead this weekend, Studley Royal were left to reflect on their 13th defeat of the season after Stamford Bridge came out on top by three wickets, despite Jim Grange’s (3-47) best efforts.