2XI Top of Table after Win
By mark wilkie
Sessay’s 2nd XI made the trip to Bilton in Ainsty hoping to extend their good start to the season in Galtres Division 2.
Bilton were put in to bat and after a solid start, having reached 52 for the loss of
only one wicket, they were restricted to 152 all out in the 42nd over by a fine all round bowling
performance by the visitors. James Skelton made the early breakthrough having Henry Burton lbw,
but the hosts slipped to 67 for 4 as Richard Till struck twice, dismissing top scoring opener Ho for
37 with the aid of a sharp catch in the gully by Nick Thorne, and Alfie Spencer also got in on the act
bowling Jonathan Smith for 6. Ben Scaling entered the fray and claimed the wicket of Chris
Fairhurst, and Bilton lost wickets steadily as Alfie Spencer struck again before Scaling and James
Easton wrapped up the home innings.
Sessay’s reply saw them lose Darren Atkinson for 9 with the score on 17, but James Skelton and
Matthew Wass progressed steadily despite the slow, difficult pitch. Skelton was then caught off the
medium pacer Kevin Wilks for 36 and Nick Thorne soon followed as Sessay began to stumble.
Matthew Wass holed out at long on, also for 36, as he tried to break the shackles, in between
Wilks winning lbw decisions against Chris Till and Stuart Clark as Sessay slipped to 100 for 6, with
the asking rate beginning to rise. Richard Till fell to a low return catch as Bilton sensed a victory,
but the game turned back Sessay’s way as 3 consecutive straight sixes by Tom Sowerby revived
their flagging fortunes. Sowerby fell attempting a fourth maximum, caught for a vital 27 with the
score on 140, but Alfie Spencer displayed a calm belying his years and greeted returning opening
bowler Smith with a six off his legs, and he and Ben Scaling saw Sessay home with almost 4 overs