Tension too much for Tom as Ripon claim seaside win

Sessay's Matthew Till
Sessay's Matthew Till

Ripon captain Tom Leeming couldn’t bear to watch as his side stuttered over the winning line at Scarborough 2nds on Saturday.

Number 10 John Gains swiped the winning four as Ripon won by one wicket to continue their Division Three promotion charge.

The bowler had earlier bowled 15 economical overs as debutant Felix Oates took 2-30 to restrict Scarborough to 164.

Ripon lost four cheap wickets but they looked set for victory after Andrew Banks’ 37 and Peter Squires’ 27 edged them within 20 of the target.

But another collapse left them dangling close to defeat before Gains clinched the 30 points and moved his side up to fourth.

Leeming said: “It was very tense. I couldn’t watch. I was in the showers.

“I was frustrated because we needed 16 runs to win with four wickets left and we lost three wickets due to brainless batting.

“But we got over the line so it shows we have some fight.”

Ripon travel to Sheriff Hutton Bridge 2nds on Saturday and the skipper hopes his charges can push towards a top two spot.

“If we can beat Sheriff Hutton we we’ll be right up there,” he said.

“We are playing a lot of second and third teams so I would be disappointed if we lose a game this season.

“Other than Duncombe Park I don’t think anyone can match us on our day.”

Sessay’s impressive early season form in Division One carried on as they overcame lowly Goole Town by four wickets on Saturday.

But Stephen Langstaff’s side suffered their first loss of the campaign on Bank Holiday Monday as they exited the League Cup to Premier Division side Stamford Bridge by five wickets.

Matthew Till’s impressive five wicket haul, coupled with three for Langstaff, reduced Town to 164 from their 48 overs.

Matt Wilkie then stroked 61 and Matthew Wass 41 as Sessay eased to the total in 46.5 overs.

Wilkie (54) and Wass (43) again scored freely against Bridge but the Premier outfit reduced Sessay to 178-7 off 40 overs.

The home side then knocked off the total with more than four overs left.

Sessay will look to leapfrog table-toppers Heworth this Saturday when they host Driffield II.

Meanwhile, Thirsk slipped into 11th in Division Two after a late order collapse handed Tadcaster Magnet a 48-run victory.

Having won the toss and decided to bowl, Thirsk removed Magnet’s openers for ducks before the destructive Paul Clark (72) carried the home side to 176-8.

Wicket-keeper Kieran Fenwick (21) and stand-in skipper Mark Cook (29) both made scores opening before number four Ben England added 41.

But six ducks hurt Thirsk’s run chase and they slipped from 115-6 to 128 all out.

The defeat dropped The Racecourse club into 11th with 45 points from five games.