Sessay find form but Royals miss out in classic

NARG 1206267 Sessay V Studley Royal. Sessay's Mark Wilkie.  (1206267AM3)
NARG 1206267 Sessay V Studley Royal. Sessay's Mark Wilkie. (1206267AM3)

Sessay are back on track to challenge for promotion now their batsmen are more consistent, according to skipper Stephen Langstaff.

The Division One side eased past Pickering on Saturday with an accomplished five-wicket win over Pickering.

Langstaff’s side then progressed to the last 16 of the National Village Knockout, overpowering Scottish side Kirkwood by 122 runs on Sunday.

Nick Thorne’s 56 led the chase against Pickering after Langstaff had earlier taken 3-27 to limit Pickering to 156-8.

Matthew Till stroked 85 and fellow opener Mark Wilkie hit 51 on Sunday to post 240 from 40 overs. The bowlers turned on the style to knock Kirkwood over for 118.

Langstaff said: “Both games we gave good performances.

“If we look back throughout the year our bowling and fielding have been good.

“The positive signs are now that our batting is back to the stand we need to get into the top two places.

“We have shown some inconsistency but we want to kick on and become more consistent.”

Sessay travel to Beverley on Saturday and the skipper is relishing a good track to play cricket on.

Sheriff Hutton Bridge await in the next round of the cup and Langstaff acknowledged it would be a tough encounter.

He said: “They are the division above us. Whoever wins that gave will have a good chance of progressing to the latter round.

“The confidence the cup wins bring will only help our league form. Winning games of cricket breeds confidence.”

In the Premier Division, Studley Royal were involved in a thriller against Easingwold as they narrowly missed out on maximum points in a losing draw.

Royal were set 199 to win after Dan Craven picked up 5-70. In their reply, Easingwold pegged them to 42-3 before Craven (32), George Lamb (61no) and Rob Mackie (44) led the charge.

But the batsman fell two runs short of victory with five spare wickets.

The winning draw jumped Easingwold above The Royals into third, with Woodhouse Grange now more than 50 points ahead at the top.

Thirsk’s disappointing campaign endured another below par weekend as they were crushed by Londesborough Park.

Mark Cook hit 56 and Des Wyrill made a patient 30 but no other player past six as Thirsk were ousted for 115.

Barry Petty made three inroads but Park were never in trouble as they ran away with six wickets remaining.

Defeat dropped Thirsk below York III into 10th place, 28 points clear of the drop zone.

Next, Studley travel to Dunnington, Sessay face a trip to Beverley Town and Thirsk host Hull II.