Studley Royal remain in the Premier driving seat

hsb  Gary Blackburn batting for Studley Royal against Sessay.  100724M2a.
hsb Gary Blackburn batting for Studley Royal against Sessay. 100724M2a.

Steve Walmsley’s Galphay Roaders will enter their last game in July on Saturday looking to consolidate their position at the top of the York Senior Premier League pile.

2012 is becoming a season to remember for Studley after they booked their place in the final of the York Premier Cup on Sunday with a magnificent run chase against Beverley.

The league/cup double is up for grabs, but Walmsley only has eyes for York 2nds who they welcome in two days’ time.

“We’re a side with a lot of confidence at the moment,” said Walmsley.

“York are mid-table, they’ve got a tough looking side when they get everyone out but that just depends on who is playing for their first team.

“We’ve just got to keep going. We’ve got Sessay next week, that’s always tough, but York and then Selby, we’ve got to look at winning both of those.”

Royal pulled off another impressive victory last Saturday, bowling out Goole for 129. Dan Craven (4-41) and Ben Crewe (4-20) carried were the bowling stars as Walmsley’s men controlled the game before tea.

After the break Walmsley (61) and Gary Blackburn (43no) batted Royal home to a deserved eight-wicket win.

Studley made it a weekend to remember when they made it through to the York Senior Premier Cup final on Sunday.

In a high-scoring contest, a magnificent run chase by Studley saw them beat Beverley.

Their opponents looked destined to move through to teh showcase event after posting 241-8.

But Royal had other ideas after the break. Walmsley was the batting star hitting a superb 109 as Studley came through on 243-7.

Premier rivals Sessay were frustrated yet again by the weather.

With title chasing Dunnington visiting Main Street, the game was abandoned due to their ground not being fit to play. They will be looking for a victory away at Goole Town on Saturday.