York Senior League: Another defeat drops Studley closer to foot of table

Bridlington's Casey Rudd is stumped against Sessay
Bridlington's Casey Rudd is stumped against Sessay

Studley Royal dropped to within four points of the bottom of the table after a crushing defeat against fellow strugglers Beverley Town in York Senior League Premier Division on Saturday.

Royal have failed to win a single match in the opening half of the season and they are now facing a relegation dogfight alongside Beverley, York 2nds, Fenner and Hull Zingari.

A 30-point win separates the bottom five teams with a full round of fixtures remaining.

Saturday’s defeat also stretched the gap to the all important sixth place - crucial for a spot in the North Yorkshire Premier next year – out to 97 points.

The top five teams will join the Super League next season, but with Scarborough heading up the league, an extra spot is available.

Royal begin their second half of fixtures at reigning champions Woodhouse Grange this Saturday, the team that sacrificed top spot to Scarborough over the weekend.

Ben Coad’s bowling absence was notable from the Royal attack against Beverley as the home side failed to contain the bottom side’s batting order, making 210-5 from 50 overs.

Coad was only able to bat in the game, and the Yorkshire second teamer made a second successive half century for Studley. However, his departure for 61 put Studley on 97-5 and they lost their last five wickets for just 42 runs.

Sessay were denied an eighth win in nine games at the top of Division One as they came up mightily close to Bridlington’s 209-4.

Casey Rudd (78) was Brid’s star performer as they plundered 209-4 in a rain-shortened 36-over tie.

Sessay’s Mark Wilkie and Matthew Till added 92 for the opening wicket as they set off at more than six an over.

It was down to Liam Carver (32no) and Richard Till (10no) to deliver victory in the final over. However, they ended on 206-7.

Sessay will look to bounce back to their winning ways with a home outing against basement side Sewerby this Saturday. Sewerby are unlikely to pose much of a threat to the runaway leaders, with only one win this campaign.

Meanwhile, Thirsk produced a dominant performance from the first over to hammer Easingwold and take a maximum 30 points for the first time this season.

Easingwold fell to 1-2 and 11-3 as they were bowled out for just 70.

Thirsk lost two wickets in response but chased the total in 16.3 overs, with Stuart Christon (23no) and Kieran Fenwick (18no) unbeaten.

Thirsk have an away trip to promotion seeking Londesborough Park on Saturday.