Village Cup Dream Over
Falkland Succumb in Yorkshire
Sessay 240 for 9
(J Watson 115, N Thorne 48, C Watson 3 for 48)
Falkland 144 all out
(G Doig 27, St Meikle 23, S Langstaff 5 for 23)
Sessay Won by 96 Runs.
Falkland's departure from the Village Cup in the Broad Acres of Yorkshire on Sunday was a matter of some regret and disappointment, and yet Falkland have nothing really to reproach themselves for, because quite simply, they were beaten by a superb team who won the Cup last year and who must now be one of the favourites to win it this year.
The weather was marvellous, as indeed was the friendship, hospitality and sporting behaviour of our hosts. They elected to bat first and put on a large total of 240 which looked as if it could have been a lot more at one stage. It owed a great deal to a classy century of 115 by a talented man called Joe Watson, and he was well supported by 48 for Nick Thorne. But Falkland stuck to their task, and fielded well throughout to restrict the total to 240 when at one point it looked as if it could have been a great deal more.
The reply started solidly, but failed to accelerate from an early stage as was necessary in facing such a huge total. For a spell, a miracle looked possible when Grant Doig and captain Stuart Campbell were in, but Sessay took charge with a fine 5 for 23 from slow left armer Steven Langstaff, and he was backed up by some great catching, as Falkland fell 96 runs short.
For Falkland, it was a learning experience, but encouraging too, not least by the large support that was mobilised to go to Yorkshire to watch them. Falkland's day will come.