Seamers pave way for imperious Studley Royal

Gary Blackburn batting for Studley Royal against Sessay.  100724M2a.
Gary Blackburn batting for Studley Royal against Sessay. 100724M2a.

Studley Royal stretched their unbeaten run at the top of York Senior League Premier Division as they rolled over Clifton Alliance on Saturday.

The Royals reached the Village Knock-out regional final as they edged past Woodhouse Grange by one run on Sunday.

Royal’s seamers, aided by Ben Coad’s late arrival, tore through Clifton’s batting card to bowl them out for 98 in 42.2 overs.

Coad took 3-6 alongside brother Matt’s 3-29 but Glenn Carlton claimed one more victim with 4-32.

Rob Mackie (30no) and Gary Blackburn (28) remained composed to see The Royal’s to a fourth win this summer.

Captain Matt Pickles said: “Our bowling was spot on. In games before it has been spin bowling putting us on the front foot but it was the seamers this time.

“Over the recent years they have been one of the stronger sides. I don’t think there league position is reflective of their ability.”

Grange posed a stiffer test and restricted the Royal batters to 143-3 from 40 overs, with Anthony Mackie topscoring with 45.

Dan Craven also struck 42 before taking 2-30 from nine overs.

Grange looked well on their way to victory at 66-0 but a collapse left them needing seven to win off Craven’s final over. The spinner’s tight final over only went for five to complete the remarkable win.

Pickles added: “We were 20 or 30 runs short of par.

“It’s really pleasing to pull of a win given our score.”

Sessay slipped to their first Division One defeat as visitors Driffield Town beat them by three wickets.

A top order collapse left Stephen Langstaff’s side 15-4 and, despite Nick Thorne’s battling 63, they were dismissed for 138.

Richard Till took two early strikes in Town’s reply but they eventually reached the target from 53 overs.

Thirsk claimed their first win of the year as they chased down Woodhouse Grange 2nds’ target of 172 with three wickets spare.

Ben England’s match-winning 85 lifted his side out of the Division Two drop zone.

In Division Three, Ripon crashed to an eight-wicket defeat against Sheriff Hutton Bridge.

Tom Leeming’s side were bowled out for 133 despite Rob Taylor’s 40 opening the innings.

The bowlers then failed to cause inroads into the home batting card as Geoffrey Schofield smashed 79 to see Hutton Bridge home in less than 30 overs.