Sessay set for weekend of travel in glory pursuit

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Sessay Cricket Club will complete their own Tour of the North of England this weekend in their pursuit to bring a summer of success to the village.

The York Senior League side head to Lancashire club Woodhouses on Sunday searching for a quarter-final place in the Davidstow National Village Knockout.

But first, Stephen Langstaff’s men must navigate their way to seasiders Bridlington on Saturday in their hunt for promotion in YSL Division One.

“We’ve got quite a bit of travelling to do,” said captain Stephen Langstaff.

“We want to keep the momentum going.”

Sessay have made swift progress in the National Village competition this summer, and are now within four rounds of a match at the ‘home of cricket’, Lord’s.

In the previous round of the cup, Langstaff’s side saw off reigning champions Cleator, and the skipper admitted confidence had grown since that victory.

He said: “The closer you get to the final the excitement builds.

“Beating the holders in the last round, you know you have half a chance to win the whole thing.

“But it is all about what happens on the day.

“We have to turn up and perform against Woodhouses.”

Woodhouses, famous for producing former England captain Michael Atherton, are from Failsworth, to the east of Manchester, and they play in the Lancashire County League.

They knocked Sessay out of the National Knockout in 2011, when the North Yorkshire side were the competition holders.

However, Sessay earned revenge a year later, and Langstaff said the past history between the clubs set the tie up nicely.

He added: “They are a changed side from what we played three years ago, so there will be new faces that we will come up against.

“It’s a challenge playing away and adapting to the new surroundings.

“But people know their jobs and what they need to do.”

Sessay’s promotion aspirations in YSL Division One were put on hold on Saturday when they suffered a losing draw against runaway leaders Heworth.

Heworth totalled 194 before being dismissed, with Matthew Till taking 3-30.

Tim Hall struck 58 in Sessay’s reply but the final pair of Liam Carver and Langstaff were left to play out the final balls to share the spoils.

“We were pleased to come away with 19 points. Heworth were the better side on the day,” added Langstaff.

Meanwhile, Studley Royal took 11 points from their home clash against Easingwold after failing to chase down the visitors’ score of 194-7.

Rob Mackle topscored in Royal’s innings with 38 as Rob Nicholson’s men made 152-8.

With the losing draw, Royal slipped to sixth in the Premier Division.

They head to York side Clifton Alliance on Saturday.