Ripon are pumped to play positive cricket when they renew their York Senior League rivalry with Thirsk, according to captain Tom Leeming.
The relegation-fighting pair will come to blows at Studley Road in Division Two North on Saturday. And both teams are desperate for a victory to haul themselves away from the bottom of the table.
Thirsk moved off the pit on Saturday after picking up their first win of the season against Sheriff Hutton.
However, Ripon’s run of two straight victories ended at the hands of Hovingham’s batsmen as they fell to a 74-run defeat and plunged back towards the relegation zone.
Leeming’s outfit lie 21 points directly above second-bottom Thirsk, with only York 3rds below the pair at the foot of table.
“We were on a two match winning streak, we want to get back to that on Saturday and get ourselves back up that table,” said Leeming.
“You can tell what a win does to people. The wins have helped us as a group, we just need to keep on doing it.
“Thirsk are struggling but they got a win on Saturday. Everyone is beating each other. It’s a difficult league to call this year.
“Everyone is on a par so it makes it more important to get into a habit of winning.”
Graham Bassitt and Mark Rimmer will return to Ripon’s line-up on Saturday, and Mick Harland could make a rare appearance.
Rimmer and Bassitt were missing as Hovingham blazed 253-4 from their 45 overs on Saturday, thanks largely to a century from number four William Prest.
Ripon were up with the rate at the drinks interval with Leeming’s expressive 46 and Rob Taylor (34) leading the chase.
However, the Studley Roaders lost their last five wickets for just two runs as they were bowled out for 179.
Leeming added: “I was happy with our chase despite falling short.
“We batted positively and we tried to go for it. We were up with the rate and were doing really well. But a few quick wickets fell and they soon disposed of the tail.
“We have played good cricket in the last two weeks. We need to keep doing that.”
Kieran Fenwick was the hero as Thirsk ended their barren spell with an 84-run win at home to Sherriff Hutton on Saturday. Fenwick smashed 88 and shared a century stand with Stuart Christon (52) as Thirsk amassed 225-9 from their 45 overs.
Opening bowler Christon then returned figures of 5-54 before Jake Petty polished off the tail with a devastating eight-ball spell. Petty stuck three wickets for six runs to bowl the visitors out for 141.