York CC Vs Sessay CC – Match Report
York maintained a 100% start to the season beating newly promoted Sessay by 84 runs. Duncan Snell and Daniel Woods both produced Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League North personal bests as the reigning champions made it two wins from two.
The season may still be in its infancy but already openers Duncan Snell and Jonathan Tattersall appear to have developed an understanding, and the running between the wickets so much a feature of their partnership in the season opener was once again in evidence at Clifton Park after the home side had been put in to bat. Both batsmen took advantage of some undisciplined bowling, Snell particularly quick to seize on anything wayward with seven of his first dozen scoring strokes crossing the rope, the left-hander passing 50 for the 25th time in only 45 innings and in the same over, bowled Navin Kavikara, back to back boundaries saw the pair complete their second century stand in as many matches. The total had moved on to 124 when Tattersall was trapped lbw by the Sri Lankan spinner for 43. That success for the fielding side came in the 24th over and a further 15 passed before they had further cause for celebration. By that stage Snell, having gone to his century off 106 balls, had begun to cut loose striking seven sixes on his way to a score of 145. With the fielding side seemingly wilting in glorious May sunshine and runs there for the taking Snell chanced his arm advancing down the wicket to Stephen Langstaff only to lose his wicket to a stumping by Nick Harrison, but another 106 runs had been added to the total since the fall of the first wicket and Oliver Batchelor remained not out on 35. The dominant position created by the top three allowed those who followed a greater freedom to play strokes, but in several cases this proved their downfall as a further six wickets fell in the closing ten overs albeit for the addition of another 72 runs. Batchelor holed out to long on for 41 giving Langstaff a second wicket, and he was the major beneficiary of York’s somewhat cavalier approach eventually finishing with figures of 4-75 from 11 overs. Tom Brooks (15) and Charlie Elliot (18no) ensured the hosts passed 300, for the fifth time in the competitions history, eventually closing on 302-8.
Visiting skipper Mark Wilkie and opening partner Matthew Till got the reply off to a promising start with a stand worth 75, although a more composed display in the field would have ended it much sooner. Till was the beneficiary on three occasions when balls that would routinely have been caught ended up on the ground. The last of those chances immediately preceded his departure trapped lbw for 31 playing half-forward, and when ‘keeper Tom Brooks standing up the stumps took a sharp catch Charlie Elliot had taken wickets in consecutive overs. Skipper Dan Woods picked up to wickets in four balls at the start of his spell and then added the key wicket of opposite number Wilkie for 61, caught low down by Snell at mid on. It looked as though a routine victory would follow with the visitors having slumped to 113-5, but resistance came in the shape of Jacob Spencer (22), Tim Hall (34) and Navin Kavikara (42). The trio held York’s bowlers at bay for just short of 15 overs, a period throughout which Spencer’s was the only wicket to fall, Woods collecting his fourth of the innings courtesy of an lbw decision. With a maximum of nine overs remaining and four wickets still required Hall pushed at a ball from Woods and Brooks took his second catch of the afternoon. Wickets in each of his next two overs provided the York captain with his competition best figures of 7-45, but it was fellow spinner Jonathan Tattersall who picked up the final wicket as Sessay were bowled out for 218 in the 47th over.