Studley Royal and Sessay maintain perfect starts

hsb  Tom Leeming bowling for Ripon against Hovingham.  (130504M5a)

hsb Tom Leeming bowling for Ripon against Hovingham. (130504M5a)

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Former captain Steve Walmsley inspired Studley Royal to a winning draw at Sheriff Hutton Bridge with a fine all-round display.

Royal posted 172-8 from their opening overs before restricting the home side to 152-8 with the ball.

Walmsley made 33 in a first wicket partnership of 57 but his dismissal sparked two further departures with the score unchanged.

But fine batting from Andy Mackle (37) and Matt Coad (40) revived the scoreboard and gave the score respectability.

Bridge started well in response as Paul Oldfield (70) and Mark Fisher (38) shared an opening stand of 75.

But Walmsley’s spin soon found its groove and he ran through the order, ending with figures of 5-38.

Bridge’s tail held firm to deny Matt Pickles’ side a second set of maximum points.

Studley host Beverley Town on Saturday in the Premier.

In Division One, Sessay also continued their perfect start as they successfully chased 224 against fellow promotion hopefuls Fenner.

In a high-scoring contest, Sessay star Matt Till lead the way as he struck his 20th York Senior League century with an unbeaten 115.

He was supported by Mark Wilkie (32) and Jacob Spencer (42) as Sessay made short work of the impressive target set by Fenner, reaching it with eight wickets spare.

Stephen Langstaff’s side travel to Folkton & Flixton next weekend hoping to secure their third triumph on the bounce.

While Sessay and Studley have endured superb starts, in Division Two, Thirsk slipped to a second successive humiliating defeat.

Home side Malton & Old Malton ripped through the Thirsk batting order and bowled Barry Petty’s team out for 100. The Racecourse men suffered at the hands of Malton bowlers Chris Hudson (4-22) and Wayne Dawson (3-13).

Thirsk bounced back with the ball and took six Malton wickets but a measured 40 not out from Danny Foxton saw the home side across the line.

Thirsk are on their travels again next week when they will look to get their season rolling at York III’s.

Division Three side Ripon missed out on a tense victory at home to Hovingham despite batting heroics from skipper and all-rounder Tom Leeming.

The visitors batted first and posted 196-5 from their overs with valuable contributions from Richard Bowling (53) and Steve Mosey.

Rich Taylor (35) and former Studley Royal player Elliot Oates (39) looked to have paved the route to success.

Leeming struck a wonderful 57 not out but his exploits pulled up just short of the required run rate as Ripon finished 16 runs shy having lost five wickets.