Royal ready for rivals in Sessay grudge contest

hsb  Colin Nicholson batting for Studley Royal against York.  110528M2b.
hsb Colin Nicholson batting for Studley Royal against York. 110528M2b.

AFTER Saturday’s high-scoring draw Studley Royal skipper Steve Walmsley has fixed his eyes on local rivals Sessay as they prepare for an important clash in the York Senior Premier Division.

The Galphay Road outfit travel to their rivals after putting a string of poor performances behind them to grab 26 points out of their contest with Clifton Alliance on Saturday.

Royals batsman Rob Nicholson was the stand out performer hammering a superb 130 not out as Studley posted 257-7.

Then Tom Hixon bowled a really good spell with little luck as but his two wickets held Clifton short on 202-7.

Walmsley held an end up to take 4-60.

The result sets up tomorrow’s contest just nicely.

Defending Village Knockout winners Sessay are struggling for form this campaign and currently sit second bottom just above Heworth.

With the second half of the season just around the corner the Royals skipper is eager for a few more wins to put a bit of daylight between them and the bottom few.

“It’s a big few games for us,” said Walmsley.

“We’ve got Sessay. I’m surprised they are where they are this season. Then it’s Heworth the week after.

“If we win on Saturday then it will put a bit of daylight between us and the bottom two.”

Walmsley praised his men for Saturday’s battling display.

“It was a great performance,” he continued.

“We’ve talked about our batting this year and it was nice to post a competitive total.

“Rob batted all the way through for his 130. It really was a great innings.”

SESSAY will be targeting an immediate reaction after Saturday’s defeat to Pickering.

Batting first Mark Wilkie (85) and Jacob Spencer (61no) helped rescue their early dire situation to get them to 195-5.

However Stephen Piercy (41) and Martin Piercy (84no) saw them through.

THIRSK travel to Driffield tomorrow.

On Saturday Oliver Stephenson cracked 118 not out for Folkton & Flixton as they batted past Thirsk’s 214-5.

Skipper Mark Cowell (75) and Mark Cook (72) scored the bulk of the runs.

In Division Two RIPON are away at Osbaldwick.

They moved up to seventh on Saturday by beating Londesborough Park.

Tom Leeming took 6-50 as Park were restricted for 168-9. Leeming then hit 57 with support from Chris Warters (52) as Ripon came through with four wickets in the shed.