Sessay Vs York – Match report

The picturesque backdrop of Oval View provided the perfect setting for Chris Booth’s first century as York overcame both sweltering conditions and a determined Sessay side to record an 18 run victory. Daniel Woods took five wickets to add to his seven from the sides’ first meeting but stubborn resistance denied the visitors maximum points and the League leaders’ advantage is now down to just three.
Mark Wilkie opted to put the visitors in on a green tinged wicket, which would turn out to be an excellent surface to bat on. Duncan Snell and Finlay Bean looked untroubled against the new ball, and it took the introduction of the skipper himself in the 12th over to create the first chance, only for Bean to be dropped at point having made seven. The young opener who had made  213 mid-week for  Yorkshire U17s took advantage of the left off striking three successive four in the following over to take the score past 50. Duncan Snell made his YLN best 145 when the sides met for the first time back May but there was to be repeat as he was caught behind for 38 off Wilkie with the score on 81 just after the first drinks interval. The visitors’ momentum slowed with the loss of two quick wickets, both the result of run outs. Bean, within two runs of a maiden first XI half-century, pushed the ball towards mid-wicket and set off but a failed to make his ground when bowler Navin Kavikara chased the ball down and threw down the stumps from side on. The second was the result of another sharp piece of fielding Nick James unable to beat Liam Carver’s direct hit after being called through for a tight single.  Tom Spearman joined Booth at the fall of the third wicket and despite only contributing 2 to a partnership of 30 played a valuable part in preventing the fielding side getting on top. His departure, caught at mid-off, brought Ted Patmore to the crease and the young all-rounder carried on from the previous weeks unbeaten half-century making 25 in a stand of 55 to take the score onto 196 with seven overs to go. Guy Darwin and Jonathan Moxon played largely supporting roles in the closing overs as Booth looked to dominate, having showed an ability and willingness to play both traditional and move unconventional strokes throughout his innings the left-hander cut loose in the latter stages. A maiden century still looked someway off at the start of the 47th over  but 32 runs from the last 11 balls faced including three sixes took him past a previous best of 99 against Acomb in  2016 to finish unbeaten on 102 boosting the total to 258-6.
The visitors got off to a blistering start taking 48 from the first seven overs but their progress was checked when skipper Woods brought himself on much earlier than usual and trapped Mark Jackson lbw for 22. It turned out to be a profitable afternoon for all three of the visitors’ spinners the off-spin of Ted Patmore accounting for Matthew Till (38 off 30 balls) caught by Finlay Bean on the deep square leg boundary, and Wilkie caught close in at cover by Tom Spearman in consecutive overs. Stuart Clark, drafted in from the second team, found scoring difficult and by he departed lbw to Woods having made just 4 from 49 balls the asking rate was well in excess of seven an over.  Leg-spinner Spearman got in on the act bowling Sri Lankan Kavikara for 39 and had Nick Harrison caught lowdown by a diving Oliver Leedham at mid-off, but not he had hit seven four on his way to 36. It left the visitors with 10 overs to get the final four wickets and Woods chose the option of attacking fields in an attempt to do so. The move paid off when three overs later Patmore took a catch at second slip off his skipper to dismiss Liam Carver. Tim Hall chose to take the attack to the bowlers and his effort was rewarded when the total passed 232 assuring the hosts of four points if they batted out the final over. Woods picked up his fourth and the sides eighth of the first ball of the last over and capped a fine personal performance with that of Hall bowled off the final one for 45 to finish with 5-50, a record equalling eighth five wicket haul in the competition.