York Senior League: Uncomfortable visit to the seaside for Studley Royal

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Studley Royal are still searching for a first win in the Hunters York and District Senior Cricket League after a busy Bank Holiday weekend.

Despite scoring 253-3 against Easingwold on Saturday, Studley were unable to get a first victory as they failed to surmount the hosts’ 266-6.

Anthony Mackle (106) and Rob Nicholson (74) shared an opening stand of 131 as Royal set about the target.

But, with Steven Walmsley finishing unbeaten on 51, they closed 13 runs short despite having seven wickets in hand.

Former Yorkshire League side Scarborough then showed their class at their county ground on North Marine Road on Sunday with a ten wicket win over Rob Nicholson’s men.

Sunday proved to be a memorable day for Scarborough’s James Pick who scored his first century and took three wickets.

Royal enjoyed the good batting wicket on the coast, and their massive innings of 268-6 was built around a second wicket partnership of 138 between Dan Coad (55) and Rob Mackie (89).

Despite the introduction of Yorkshire seamer Ben Coad, Studley were unable to break through in Scarborough’s chase. Darren Harland (109) and teenager Pick (146no) wrapped up the ten-wicket win.

The results leave Studley positioned in 11th in the Premier Division, 26 points behind Easingwold who currently occupy next year’s North Yorkshire Premier cut-off spot in sixth.

There was little change at the top of the Hunters York and District Cricket League Division One table as the matches involving the top three all went according to form providing little in the way of drama

Nicky Johnson had a day to remember for third placed Driffield Town II as they played host to leaders Sessay.

But despite a hat-trick and taking a half-century he still finished on the losing side.

Sessay’s Matthew Till (112) scored his second century of the campaign, receiving support from Nick Harrison (63) as the visitors scored 263-7.

Stuart Pierse, Liam Carver and Stephen Langstaff all took three wickets as Sessay made it four consecutive wins and, at the same time, ended Driffields unbeaten start.

Elsewhere, Robert Taylor’s fine century for Ripon wasn’t enough to secure victory as his side was forced to settle for a draw with Thirsk in the North Yorkshire derby.

Taylor, Ripon’s skipper and wicketkeeper, scored exactly 100 in his side’s total of 217-5 from their 45 overs.

In response Ben Crewe took 3-17 to peg Thirsk back but they held on to secure a draw, with Kieran Fenwick scoring 59.

The result leaves Ripon in eighth in Division Two North, with Thirsk two places below.