York Senior League: Last-wicket pair come to Royal’s rescue

Studley Royal's Rob Mackle
Studley Royal's Rob Mackle

Studley Royal’s last-wicket pair dug in to save their sidefrom defeat at home to Beverley Town in the York Senior League Premier Division.

Will Wray and Oliver Fryer’s unbeaten 23-run stand saw Matthew Coad’s men close on 175/9 and left the visitors frustrated.

The duo’s defiance prevented the East Yorkshire outfit from completing what seemed an inevitable victory when Royal’s ninth wicket fell with their score totalling just 152.

James Clarkson and Rob Mackle both made 30 for the hosts, but they were always behind the game, chasing Beverley’s first-innings score of 230/6.

The result leaves Studley fourth in the table, 24 points shy of a promotion spot.

In Division One, Harrogate 2nds lost for the third week in succession, going down by a 196-run margin at the hands of Beverley’s second string.

The hosts racked up 282/5 and ‘Gate then crumbled in reply.

Cameron O’Donnell top-scored with 27 as the men from St George’s Road were sent packing with only 86 runs on the board.

The Roosters now find themselves in fourth place, and some way off the pace in terms of the battle for promotion.

Sixth-placed Knaresborough suffered a similarly disappointing day at the office, losing out by 82 runs away at Goole Town.

The home side reached 167 despite Jordan Tear (4-36) and Graeme Whiles (4-39) both bowling well.

Knaresborough then struggled when they took their turn at the crease, only just managing to score half their opponents total before being bowled out.

Ripon remain rooted to the foot of the table after their home clash with Sewerby was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Pannal suffered their seventh defeat in 15 Galtres Division Two outings when they travelled to leaders Clifton Alliance 2nds.

Only Oliver Bennett (40) and Dan Dekanski (25 not out) showed any form with the willow in hand as the visitors were restricted to 145/8.

Henry Worrall and Rob Smith each took a brace of scalps when Alliance responded, but the high-flyers made it over the line six down.

Second-placed Sessay 2nds lost ground in the title race after their home clash with Osbaldwick drew to a premature conclusion.

An exceptional spell of 5-19 from Alfie Spencer left the Thirsk outfit in a useful position at the interval, the visitors closing on 144/8.

Heavy rainfall was however to deny Sessay the chance to chase down that total.

Thirsk jumped up to third position, seeing off Thorp Arch & Boston Spa.

TABS struggled batting first as Sam Howes took 3-13, with only Adam Gough (25) making a score of any note in the home side’s 140/9.

Thirsk knocked the runs off with seven wickets to spare thanks to the efforts of Ben Collinson (60 not out) and Dan Magee (43).

Bilton in Ainsty visited fellow strugglers Rowntrees & Huntington where Graham Hutchison’s incredible return of 4-3 from 12 overs ensured the hosts didn’t get any further than 119/9.

Miles Lloyd (57 not out) and Rob Hildreth (26) then helped the away team complete a seven-wicket success in the 28th over.

Tadcaster Magnets compiled a score of 171 all out against relegation-threatened Duncombe Park.

The home total was built around 94 from Matt Ball and proved more than sufficient to win the match.

Simon McNamara claimed 4- 39 and Ed Day 3-33 as the division’s bottom side were bowled out for 130.