Carver Carves up Harrogate
By mark wilkie
On Sunday, Sessay were once again in action at St George’s Road, Harrogate, this time in the
Viking Cup, the original fixture having been abandoned at the half way stage on the early May
Bank Holiday Monday.
Sessay batted first and in an uncanny repeat of the first over a few weeks ago, again lost both Mark Wilkie and Joe Watson to Tom Geeson-Brown for ducks. Wilkie was caught in the slips from the fourth delivery and Watson chopped onto his stumps two balls later.
With a much weakened batting line up, the loss of two important wickets so early might well have
been a killer blow, but once again Mark Jackson dug in to blunt the home attack and had great
support initially from Will Hunt as Sessay found a way through the next few difficult overs, the pitch
once again a bowler friendly one.
Hunt fell for a well compiled 25 and when Navin Kavikara was
bowled for 7 Sessay were again in some trouble on 68 for 4, but Jackson held firm and with
support from Liam Carver took the score past the hundred mark. Jackson was eventually
dismissed for his second battling 50 of the weekend, whereupon Liam Carver, with support form
Darren Atkinson, took Sessay towards a competitive total. Carver, having worked the ball into the
gaps as well as finding the occasional boundary, was caught and bowled soon after reaching a fine
50 and with Stuart Peirse adding an unbeaten 18, including a massive straight 6, Sessay closed on
an acceptable 190 for 8.
When Harrogate replied, they were soon reeling from a fiery opening burst from man of the
moment Carver. Corrie Keable played on and Josh Atkinson was caught at the wicket first ball by
stand in keep Stuart Clark with the score on 11, and the hosts had not progressed any further
when in the Carver’s next over his pace prove too much for Harry Stothard. With the score on 23
Ishan Abeysekara missed a full delivery and was lbw as Carver claimed his fourth victim, and not
to be outdone, Joe Watson then got in on the act when Mark Wilkie held a good catch at deep mid
off, just before swinging a delivery through Alexis Twigg’s defence as the hosts slumped to 34 for 6.
Stuart Peirse accounted for Tom Geeson-Brown as wickets continued to tumble at a pace, just
before Joe Watson claimed two more scalps to complete a fine spell. Nav Kavikara completed the
rout when Jonathan MacGregor was well caught at mid on by Sam Robinson as the disbelieving
hosts were routed for 64 in just 18 overs.
This was a magnificent performance by an understrength Sessay team, who recovered from a
disastrous first over to complete one of their finest victories of recent times as they completed a
comprehensive double over a well established YPLN side. They will now face their old adversaries
Woodhouse Grange, away, on Sunday June 16th.