York Senior League round-up: Studley Royal climb back into promotion places

Studley Royal sit second in York Senior League Premier
Studley Royal sit second in York Senior League Premier

Ian Dixon smashed an unbeaten century as Studley Royal moved back into the promotion places of the York and District Premier League.

Dixon (119no) scored exactly half of Studley’s total as he spearheaded the their innings of 238 on the east coast at Goole, with support from Dan Coad (37).

Three wickets apiece for James Clarkson and Josh Chandler then restricted Goole to 181 in reply but Royal came up just short of taking maximum points.

Sessay dropped below their neighbours into fourth place despite Matthew Till hammering five sixes in an innings of 94 at York 2nds.

The opener lacked support as Sessay were bowled out for 178 and York reached the total with six wickets in hand, thanks to Nick Kay (47no) and Richard Love (65).

In Division One, a second century of the season from George Ellaby put Harrogate on the course of a winning draw over Hornsea.
Ellaby scored 124 in Harrogate’s massive score of 294/8, which also saw Ashley Griffin smack 58.

Paul Clappison responded with 85 for Hornsea who came away with a losing draw as they reached 231-7 in reply.

Ripon remain on top of Galtres Division Two after they took maximum points in a low scoring clash at home to Sessay 2nds.

Batting first Jake Briscombe took 4-19 as Sessay were skittled for 104 and then skipper Rob Taylor was unbeaten on 65 as Ripon won by nine wickets.

Wetherby finally got their first win since joining the York and District League.
Captain Paul Horsey led from the front as his Wetherby side downed Sheriff Hutton Bridge 2nds by 49 runs at Grange Park.

Horsey smashed two sixes in a knock of 71 as the hosts totalled 192/8 off their 45 overs, with Greg Handsley and Neil Thomas also chipping in with contributions.

At 86/3, the match looked well in the balance but the introduction of Ian Twitchen, who had scored a duck in Wetherby’s innings, turned the momentum with the home side.

Twitchen’s tight ten-over spell only saw 16 runs scored and he took his final wicket of four to start the Wetherby celebrations.

The former Wetherby League champions have endured a rough start to life in the York League’s Galtres Division.

In the opening seven weeks of the season, Horsey’s side had picked up just 43 points before Saturday’s haul of 30.

However, the first win was not enough to lift Wetherby off the bottom in the regionalised Division Two.

Thorp Arch and Boston Spa join Wetherby in the relegation places after suffering a seven-wicket defeat to fourth-placed Woodhouse Grange.

TABS were restricted to 164-9 despite the efforts of Guy Whatmore (33) and token contributions from latter order batsmen Eshaan Kapoor (23) and Zoafgan Akhtar (27).

Scott Shepherd and Matthew Durkin both passed 50 for Grange, who won in 40.3 overs.

Tadcaster Magnet (109ao), who have signed former Wetherby captains Richard Grogan and Tom Hudson, dropped into mid-table after failing to reach the low target set by visitors Thirsk.

Thirsk had closed at 129-9 before Magnet were uprooted for 103 in response. Grogan hit 28 on debut.

Pannal (231-7) got back to winning ways with a comprehensive win at home to Easingwold II (140-10) after Rob Smith had scored 38 and then weighed in with 4-31.

Premier: Sessay v Hull Zingari; Pickering v Studley Royal
Division One: Harrogate 2nds v Sewerby
Galtres Division Two: Duncombe Park v Thirsk; Ripon v Pannal; Sheriff Hutton Bridge v Sessay 2nds; Tadcaster Magnet v Woodhouse Grange 2nds; Wetherby v Thorp Arch and Boston Spa
Galtres Division Three: Heworth 3rds v Tadcaster Magnet 2nds