Studley and Ripon show steel as Thirsk run ends

hsb  Ben Elders bowling for Thirsk against TABS.  (130615M3c)
hsb Ben Elders bowling for Thirsk against TABS. (130615M3c)
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Studley Royal and Ripon both overcame an Acomb side on Saturday as the York Senior League summer edged closer to its conclusion.

The Royals were largely thankful to captain Matt Pickles and batsman Rob Mackle as they retained fourth position in the Premier Division.

Mackle continued his strong season as he scored 88 to motor the Royals’ innings before Pickles guided his side out of a rut to hit 47 not out.

Studley posted 181-6 after slumping to 65-5.

Charlie Scatchard (3-38) was the pick of the bowlers as Pickles’ men convincingly defended the total.

Acomb held on to maintain their share of the points as they ended on 126-8.

The Royals welcome former West Indies test batsman Collis King and his Dunnington side on Saturday’s final day of the season.

King put Studley to the sword earlier this season with a superb century in the League Cup in July.

Elliot Oates hit a splendid century as Ripon gained an emphatic winning draw at Acomb’s struggling second string.

Wicketkeeper Rob Taylor (36) and fellow opener Chris Needham (41) shared a half century opening stand before Oates plundered eight boundaries and five sixes in his 112 not out.

Ripon totalled 262-4 from their 45 overs.

Chris Hazzard led the charge for victory claiming four scalps.

Matthew Morton also took 3-23 but Ripon fell two wickets short of maximum points as Acomb’s clung on.

The 23 points lifted Tom Leeming’s men up to seventh in Division Three as Acomb slipped deeper in the relegation dogfight.

Ripon host Driffield 3rds on Saturday, the side level on points with them in sixth.

Sessay crashed to a low scoring home defeat against Heworth in Division One on a bowlers paradise.

Captain Stephen Langstaff took an incredible 5-5 from five overs as third-placed Heworth were dismissed for just 121 batting first.

Matthew Till (3-25) and Stuart Peirse (2-25) also caused damage to Heworth’s batting card.

But Sessay’s batsman also found the going tough and despite Matthew Till’s half century, they were ousted for 104 to fall 18 runs of the target.

The 17-run loss dropped Langstaff’s men to fifth. They welcome relegated Beverley Town 2nds on Saturday.

Thirsk’s late charge for promotion curtailed on Saturday as they finished on the wrong side of a draw at Hornsea.

The home side set Thirsk 207 to win having lost six wickets in their innings.

James Wilkinson (3-49) and Jake Petty (2-32) were the main bowlers for Mark Cook’s Thirsk side.

Henry Consett then scored 31 and John Cook hit 48 as Thirsk set about the monster total. Wilkinson piled on another 31 but Hornsea’s Ben Wallis (4-37) tied down the run-flow.

Cook’s men were left 34 runs short with three wickets spare.

Thirsk face 10th-placed Hull 2nds on Saturday.