Staithes aiming for historic win in national cup

Staithes CC
Staithes CC

Staithes CC will be looking to progress to the national stage of the Davidstow National Village Knockout Cup for the first time in their history, on Sunday.

The Beckett League outfit face a stern test against 2010 winners Sessay in the North Yorshire North group final, but vice-captain Richard Ward says that the players are positive about their chances.

“We go into the game as underdogs, but this match is a chance to test ourselves against good opposition. We have to be confident and believe that we can win,” he said.

“If we think we’ll get beat, then the chances are we will.

“As with all cricket matches, it will be about individuals performing on the day and also taking our opportunities when they arise, but home advantage is a positive too.”

Sunday’s opponents are no strangers to many of the Staithes players, the two sides having met in this competition in the past.

“We know Sessay very well having played them on a number of occasions over the years,” Ward added.

“Although we have yet to come out on top, we have always enjoyed close, hard-fought matches, none more so that the last time we met in the area final when we lost by a single run.

“Sessay went on to Lord’s and won the competition that season and so let’s hope that’s a good omen for Sunday’s winner.”

Staithes set up their meeting with the side from the York Senior League after easing past their Beckett League Premier Division rivals Ebberston by eight wickets last month.

They will be missing opening batsman Stuart Pearson on Sunday, and a couple of their bowlers picked up injuries in last weekend’s defeat to Staxton, but are still expected to feature.

Before their cup showdown, Ian Dixon’s troops face a league meeting with Forge Valley, on Saturday, as they aim to get back to winning ways in a bid to defend their Beckett League crown.