Till cashes in as Sessay move closer to Lord’s date

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Sessay are within three rounds of a trip to the ‘Home of Cricket’ as they reached the last 16 of the Davidstow National Village Cup on Sunday.

Chris Till (65no) guided Sessay to a last ball victory over reigning champions Cleator CC on Sunday.

Mark Wilkie also made a steady 45 at the top of the order, as Sessay chased down 160 with two wickets spare.

The village club will head to Manchester to play Woodhouses on July 6, with a place in the final at Lord’s just three wins away.

“You take a lot of confidence from beating the champions,” said captain Stephen Langstaff.

“We feel we are building momentum this season.

“We have a stronger squad and we are moving in the right direction.”

Cleator had knocked Sessay out of the competition on their way to winning the Village Cup last season.

But, Till’s magical mid-order innings made sure the North Yorkshire side would not fall at the same hurdle this time around.

“He batted fantastically well to get us over the line,” said the skipper.

Despite their cup antics, Langstaff reiterated that Sessay’s focus remained on promotion in York Senior League Division One.

His second-place men face a crunch trip to league leaders Heworth on Saturday, knowing a victory would all but close the gap on their opposition.

And Sessay showed their power on Saturday, with a sensational win over Folkton and Flixton

Wilkie (106no) and Matthew Till (109no) both struck unbeaten centuries as Sessay won by 10 wickets.

Tim Hall took 6-60 as the Seasiders amassed 222-9, but Sessay’s openers could not be broken in their reply as they shared a double century stand.

“We have home advantage against Heworth and we need to use that to our benefit,” added Langstaff.

Meanwhile, York Senior League Premier outfit Studley Royal will attempt to dent Easingwold’s title aspirations at Galphay Road on Saturday.

Royal lie in fifth spot in the Premier Division after holding firm to sneak past Hull Zingari at the weekend.

Charlie Scatchard topscored from the top of the order with 44 as Studley posted a below-par 169-8 from their 50 overs.

At 136-6, the Hull outfit were well on track to snatch victory.

But Dan Craven (4-26) kept his cool and whittled away the tail to give Studley Royal an 18-run win.