Collis King topples Studley Royal in cup

Studley Royal batting v Sewerby
Studley Royal batting v Sewerby

Steve Walmsley and Gary Blackburn shared a mammoth stand as Studley Royal pipped Dunnington in a high scoring league clash on Saturday.

But star Dunnington batsman Collis King then crashed the Royal party on Sunday as they returned to knock Matt Pickles’ side out of the League Cup quarter-finals.

Opener Walmsley stroked 112 and in-form all-rounder Blackburn smashed 105 as they put on 181 runs.

Their partnership set fourth-placed Studley on their way to 290-9 which proved 29 runs too hot for their York rivals.

Walmsley said: “We put on a good partnership and that is something we have been lacking at points this year.

“You never know what a good score is on that wicket.

“To get near the 300 marker certainly gave us more than we had hoped.”

Walmsley highlighted the dismissal of former West Indies batsman King caught behind for eight as a key reason for limiting the run-chase.

But the former Test batsman starred in Dunnington’s cup triumph as he hit 115 in his sides 40-over 235-6.

Walmsley added: “We bowled really tight but for 25 overs we were lulled into a false sense of security. We didn’t take enough wickets early.

“With 15 to go we were hoping to keep it to 190 or 200 but then Harvard Williams (46) and Collis started hitting at 10 an over.

“We felt we could still knock it off but we had to preserve wickets.”

The Royals failed to keep with the scoring pace and lost wickets at regular intervals as they were ousted for 168.

Captain Matt Pickles topscored with 38 but Walmsley revealed the match’s memorable moment came when 15-year-old bowler Jim Grange (2-23) took his first senior wickets for the club.

“He came and helped us on Saturday and the got his chance to bowl on Sunday,” Walmsley said.

“It was great that he could get two wickets.

“Bowling the last two overs was a great experience for him.”

Fourth-placed Royals visit bottom-side Selby Londesborough this weekend and Walmsley hopes the side can continue their winning ways.

“They are one of those side that go out and fling the bat at it early,” he said.

“If it pays off then they can get a lot of runs. We need to follow up and get back to second.”