‘Outstanding’ bowlers please Studley skipper

hsb  Matt Coad batting for Studley Royal against Beverley Town.  (130511M3b)
hsb Matt Coad batting for Studley Royal against Beverley Town. (130511M3b)

Studley Royal captain Matt Pickles praised his ‘outstanding’ bowlers as the reason they are flying high.

The Royal’s York Senior League clash against York II was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

The weather affected matches across the division and left Royal top of the pile with three wins from their opening four fixtures.

The skipper reckons the success has largely arrived thanks to his potent bowling attack, especially spinners Dan Craven and Steve Walmsley.

He said: “We are obviously pleased with how it is going.

“We have built momentum but we are fully aware that it is only one sixth of the way through the season.

“Our bowling has been outstanding.

“Batting wise we have not performed as well as we would have liked but a few individuals have done well in cup matches.”

An all-round display from Walmsley helped Pickles’ side advance in the National Village Cup on Sunday as they beat Folkton & Flixton by 84 runs.

Walmsley’s 80 helped Studley post 234-7 from their 40 overs with fellow opener Charlie Scathard smashing 72.

The spinner then snatched 4-40 as Royal rattled Flixton out for 152.

Royal travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday and captain Pickles expects the home side to provide problems.

Opening bowler Ben Crewe returns after an arm injury has kept him our for two weeks.

Pickles said: “Stamford Bridge will be tough and we need to be at our best.

“Matt Beckett and Dom Rhodes are particularly strong. They have quality throughout their side.”

Sessay dropped points for the first time this summer as they fell off the top of Division One with a losing draw to Hull Zingari.

Captain Stephen Langstaff snaffled two for 44 and Tim Hall took 3-16 as Zingari set 174-8 from their rain reduced 36 overs.

Sessay slipped to 57-7 before Richard Till (35) and Hall (21) produced two fine match saving innings as Langstaff’s men ended 115-9.

‘Say bounced back on Sunday to join Royal in the National Village Cup third round with a 96-run trouncing of Clayton.

Wicket-keeper Christopher Till struck 55 as Sessay posted 146. Liam Carver (5-16) then inspired the bowling as Clayton were bowled out for 50.

Sessay host Goole Town on Saturday before they travel to Stamford Bridge in the League Cup on Monday.

Thirsk’s Division Two clash with Welton CC and Ripon’s Division Three match against Osbaldwick were washed out.

Thirsk travel to Tadcaster Magnet on Saturday and Ripon play Scarborough II away.