Local rivals to collide in National Village Cup quarter-finals

Gazette & Herald: Local rivals to collide in National Village Cup quarter-finals Local rivals to collide in National Village Cup quarter-finals

WOODHOUSE Grange and Sessay will go head to head in the last eight of cricket’s Davidstow National Village Cup.

The Hunters York & District Senior League rivals recorded away victories in the last-16 to reach the quarter-final stage of the competition, which climaxes with a Lord’s final.

Division one side Sessay beat Manchester-based Woodhouses by five wickets, while premier division leaders Grange ousted Northop, of North Wales, by 66 runs.

Woodhouses won the toss and batted first, cruising to 50 from 12 overs before the introduction of spin slowed their progress, with only 40 runs coming from the next 16 overs.

They slipped from 90-2 to 101-7 before a late flurry carried them to 158 all out, with the last wicket falling on the final delivery of the innings.

Richard Till took 3-26, Matthew Till 2-23 from nine overs, Mark Wilkie 1-16 from nine overs and Joe Watson 2-30.

The Sessay reply raced to 50-1 in the seventh over before Wilkie was out for 28. Again, the scoring rate was arrested by the spin bowlers, but Joe Watson (22) and Tim Hall (22) kept the board ticking over before Nick Thorne acccelerated with four sixes in his 36 not out.

Jacob Spencer dropped anchor with a responsible support innings of 19 as the visitors won with six overs to spare.

Woodhouse Grange batted first at Northop, totalling 191-3 in their 40 overs thanks to Andrew Bilton’s 75 and an unbeaten 69 from Mike Burdett, plus 25 by Chris Bilton.

Northop were then bundled out for 125 in 35.1 overs, with Harry Lewis’ 34 their top score as Josh Jackson claimed 4-24 and Chris Suddaby 3-21.

Wicketkeeper Mike Burdett claimed four victims, two catches and two stumpings.

Sessay secretary Keith Houlston said: “Woodhouse will start as favourites but we have beaten them in the past. It is one to look forward to and a good one for local cricket.”

The sides will meet at Woodhouse Grange’s Sutton-on Derwent base on Sunday, July 20.

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