York Senior League: Ripon lose out on prime batting day as Ben Coad stars for Studley Royal

Studley Royal's Chris Hill.  (1507251AM2)
Studley Royal's Chris Hill. (1507251AM2)

The decision to bat first on a good batting wicket could not take Ripon to a much-needed victory over fellow Division Two North promotion candidates Sheriff Hutton Bridge 2nds on Saturday.

On a batsman friendly deck, captain Rob Taylor will have been delighted to have called correctly at the toss.

And his line-up did not let him down, with Matthew Morton smacking an unbeaten 84 to post a healthy 211-5.

Andrew Lincoln made 25 not out, while Elliot Oates (34) and Taylor (35) were also in the runs.

It didn’t prove to be enough though as the high-flying hosts raced to victory with nine-and-a-half overs remaining.

A fine unbeaten 88 from Paul Oldfield underpinned his side’s effort alongside Ian Clish (41) and David Bradshaw (60 not out) as SHB finished the game on 213-1 to gain a routine win.

Ben Coad was in excellent form with the bat for Studley Royal in the Premier Division as he made a century as they got the better side of a draw at home to Heworth.

Coad smashed 109 from 68 balls, in an innings that included three sixes and nine boundaries. Coad rescued his side from a perilous 91-5, with a 150-run partnership alongside Dan Craven (40no).

Chris Hill (48) and Rob Mackle also contributed to a total 254-6.

Neil Johnson then made 62 for the visitors and Salman Syed an unbeaten 40 as they batted out to share the points closing on 198-4.

Meanwhile, Thirsk lost out in a dramatic contest against fellow strugglers Hovingham, failing to defend 143.

Captain Mark Cook was glue that held the Thirsk innings together as he compiled 49 from the top of the order.

He fell with the score on 125-8, and the innings soon ended on 143 with Hovingham’s Paul Deverell taking 4-40, At 104-7, it looked like Thirsk had the advantage in the reply.

But Hovingham captain Stephen Mosey compiled 30 not out to see his side across the line.

Stuart Christon (3-40) and James Wilkinson (3-37) were in the wickets for Thirsk.