York Senior League: Studley Royal rumble Dunnington as Sessay advance in National Village Cup

hsb  Gary Blackburn batting for Studley Royal   100724M2a.
hsb Gary Blackburn batting for Studley Royal 100724M2a.
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Studley Royal sent a clear statement of intent to their main rivals in York Senior League after hammering rivals Dunnington by 122 runs away on Saturday.

Having had their first league outing washed out last week, Royal showed their all-round strength to destroy the York-based side and open their account in the Premier league.

Steven Walmsley paved the way for the Studley Roaders with a composed 52 before Rob Mackle (67) and stand-in captain Gary Blackburn (62) smacked Royal towards a monumental total.

Harry Lamb’s sharp 23 not out helped Royal end on 249-8.

Matthew Coad and Craig Broadley then gave Studley the perfect start with the new ball, with Coad removing dangerman Dan Barrett for five, caught by Lamb.

Coad ended with figures of 4-32 from 11 overs, and he and Lamb (3-22) ripped through the home order to bowl them out for a sorry 127 in 40 overs.

This week, Rob Nicholson’s side welcome Woodhouse Grange.

Sessay were brought back down to earth after their opening day success, as they struggled to a five-wicket defeat against Whitkirk.

Four quick wickets damaged Sessay’s top order as they were reduced to 24-4 but Joseph Watson dug deep to help his side out of trouble.

Watson’s 53 not out was aided by Nick Thorne (17) and wicket-keeper Chris Till (35), but they were unable to reach a sizeable score, finishing on 152-7.

Richard Simpson’s defiant 78 not out eased the Leeds outfit to the total, with Tim Hall (2-47) the pick of the bowlers.

However, Stephen Langstaff’s side recovered on Sunday to move into the National Village Cup second round, with a seven-wicket victory over Scarborough side Staithes.

Staithes were dismissed for 136 in 34.4 overs before Hall’s unbeaten 46 and Mark Wilkie (43) saw Sessay comfortably home.

Sessay go to former Premier outfit Acomb in Division One this Saturday.

Ripon lacked a stand-out batsman as they slipped to a three-wicket loss at Osbaldwick in Division Two North.

Several batsman made a positive start for Ripon but fell having passed 20, with only Graham Bassitt (36) hitting a score greater than 30.

The batting deficiency left Ripon below par on 198-8, and the hosts were cruising at 129-1 in their response.

Six wickets for 43 runs put Ripon in with a fighting chance, with Ben Crewe, who hit 28 opening the batting, snaffling four victims for 44.

However, Andrew Hall’s 22 not out led the home challenge across the line as Ripon fell third bottom of Division Two North.

Division rivals Thirsk narrowly failed to grab their first complete win of the summer as they took 18 points out of their winning draw over bottom side Hovingham.

Captain Mark Cook hit 27 and John Cook stroked 35 as Thirsk mustered 146-8 from 45 overs.

James Wilkinson (3-22) was the pick of the bowlers as Thirsk restricted Hovingham to 112-9 in their reply.

This Saturday, Thirsk travel to St Georges Road to play relegated Division One outfit Harrogate 2nds, while Ripon host Pocklington.