Double delight for Studley Royal

hsb  Matt Pickles batting for Studley Royal against Beverley Town.  (130511M3a)
hsb Matt Pickles batting for Studley Royal against Beverley Town. (130511M3a)

Everything is rosy at table toppers Studley Royal after another two impressive victories over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The Royals extended their lead at the top of York Senior League Premier Division to nine points on Saturday when they overcame Stamford Bridge by five wickets.

Matt Pickles’ side then gave their “best all round performance” of the season to overpower Woodhouse Grange by eight wickets in the 40-over League Cup on Monday.

Pickles won the toss for the first time this season against Bridge and put the home side in.

Steve Walmsley was away for Royal but the impressive Dan Craven picked up the mantle as he took 2-30 from his 15 overs. Royal’s bowlers were well on top to reduce Bridge to 168-8 off 50 overs.

A superb 73 not out from Gary Blackburn, after the batsman had earlier taken 2-36, coupled with opener Charlie Scatchard’s 57 helped Royal reach the target with just under nine over spare.

Pickles said: “I’m pleased with the way the bowling has gone and we want to continue that. Everyone chipped in.

“It’s difficult to single one out.

“They probably got away from us a bit in the last 10 when they chanced their arm. But we have batted batter which is pleasing.

“We are building up a nice bit of momentum. We are just trying to win every game and see where it takes us.”

Scatchard (65no) and Blackburn (33) were again in the runs at Grange as Royal chased down a 143 target losing only two wickets.

But the skipper also highlighted the bowling performances of Glenn Carlton (0-16) and Matt Coad (2-12) for putting an early squeeze on.

“It was probably the best all round performance we have had. We were really disciplined and clinical,” he said.

“Woodhouse Grange have been the stand out side for the league over the last few years so it was pleasing to get a win against them.

“Matt Coad was probably the best of all the bowlers. But everyone chipped in.

“Charlie has been moved up the order and he has come on a lot and Gary has dominated.

“On both Saturday and Monday they weren’t big scores but they could have been tricky targets. But the way we batted, it took the game away from them.”