On a beautiful Sunday afternoon I was part of a large crowd which saw Sessay demonstrate why they are holders of the National Village Cup as they completed a 95 run victory over Scottish side Falkland to move into the quarter finals of the competition. The two teams had met in Fife a week earlier when rain had the upper hand but Falkland had one suspects seen enough of Sessay to know that this was a big step up in class from when they visited North Yorkshire two years ago and beat Ouseburn by just two runs.
Sessay won the toss and batted and the loss of two early wickets gave the visitors hope but a century from stylish left hander Joe Watson boosted the scoring to the extent that a man sitting near me was prepared to wager £5 that they would reach 300. The loss of Watson and something of a middle order collapse suddenly made this seem a distant prospect and the innings closed on 240. Tallish but not impossible on the order scale seemed the consensus over tea but Falkland never got going for despite missing three of the regular Saturday side Sessay had no weaknesses in their bowling and in the field demonstrated an athleticism that their opponents could not have matched. Two catches in the deep were outstanding. The margin of victory fairly demonstrated the disparity between the two sides but Falkland are to be congratulated on the support they brought and the good spirit in which the game was played.
Sessay's quarter final opponents will be Cheshire outfit Hawk Green who reached the later stages of last year's competition. The match will be played at Sessay on Sunday. Sessay will be particularly keen to retain their title for they are currently top of the York and District League, promotion from which will make them ineligible for the village competition next year. If like me you can't get to next week's game then live coverage is available at Live Sports FM.