Sessay edge closer to Lord’s date

hsb  Stephen Langstaff bowling for Sessay against Thirsk.  2605075e.

hsb Stephen Langstaff bowling for Sessay against Thirsk. 2605075e.

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Sessay moved one step closer to a match at the ‘Home of Cricket’ after a rollercoaster victory over Sheriff Hutton Bridge.

Stephen Langstaff’s side progressed to the National Village Cup quarter-finals on Sunday after a brilliant innings from Joseph Watson set up a 41-run win over Bridge.

The win extended Sessay’s winning streak to six matches after an outstanding 190-run league win over Whitkirk on Saturday.

Sessay travel to Cumbrian side Cleator in the quarter-finals on July 28 and two more cup triumphs would take them back to Lord’s, where they won the trophy in 2010.

Captain Langstaff said: “We will take it a round at a time.

“We know playing at Lord’s is a fantastic achievement. We are two games away now but we can’t afford to look too far ahead.

“If we win our quarter final we get a home semi-final which, financially, will be great for the club.”

Watson smashed 99 not out as Sessay reached 239-4 from their 40 overs, Chris Till also striking an unbeaten half century.

York Senior League Premier side Bridge were well on course for victory when they needed 73 from the final 10 overs, with seven wickets in hand.

But Liam Carver (2-40) and Mark Wilkie (3-29) led the Sessay fightback as they cleared up the Bridge tail.

More than 300 supporters turned out for the clash and Langstaff said it created a thrilling but tense atmosphere.

He said: “We get on well with them but they have been a bogey round for us. I think it’s the first time we have won there so it’s nice to clear the demons.

“The nerves steadily increase round by round and it’s worse when you are playing people you know.

“It was a bit of a rollercoaster. But we got wickets at the right time to get momentum in the last 10.”

The skipper paid particular praise to batsman Watson, who fell one short of his century on the final ball of the innings.

“Joseph batted tremendously well,” added Langstaff.

“That was the difference between winning and losing.

“It was just disappointing he couldn’t quite get a hundred. He needed two off the last ball but could only manage to scamper one.

“He’s been away at university and he’s already had an influence on our performance since he has come back.

“We are starting to see his potential. He has grasped every opportunity he’s been given.”

Matthew Till (96) topscored in Saturday’s comfortable win as third-placed Sessay struck 253-4 before they bowled Whitkirk out for 63.

Carvery took 3-17 as the wickets were shared between Richard Till (2-25), Tim Hall (2-9) and Wilkie (2-8).

Langstaff added: “It was a convincing win. We played well and Whitkirk had a couple of their good players missing.

“They didn’t show much stomach for the fight.”

Nick Thorpe, who hit 47 against Whitkirk, is missing for this week’s trip to second-placed Fenner.

Langstaff said his side need to seize the opportunity to beat their Division One promotion rivals.

“Realistically, the game this week is the big one,” he said.

“If we can beat them we will get the opportunity of promotion.

“It is always a challenge playing across there. We will have to prepare right.

“But we showed in the first half of the season we can beat anybody. We are on a six game unbeaten run so it shows we are going in the right direction.”