Chapman’s record-breaking innings for Sewerby

Sewerby's Chris Chapman with another big hit against Thirsk
Sewerby's Chris Chapman with another big hit against Thirsk

SEWERBY batsman Chris Chapman made a club record score of 161 not out as his side posted 297/3 against Thirsk. It was the highest score by a Sewerby player in the York Senior League, the previous best being 144 not out by Mitch Rowing in 2004.

Having lost the toss, Sewerby were aksed to bat first and soon lost skipper Ben Dobson with the score on 13. Chapman joined Mike Artley and the pair added 75 runs in 10 overs before Artley was out for 19.

This brought Russ Robinson to the crease and despite him being more watchful than usual they added 127 for the third wicket which saw Robinson caught on the boundary for 43 with the score on 215 for 3 and seven overs left.

Ricky Robinson entered the fray determined to attack and hit 36 not out from 15 balls, helping Chapman add 82 runs in those seven overs to close the innings on 297 for 3.

Chapman’s knock included 20 fours and two sixes and came from 137 balls.

To their credit, Thirsk went for the runs from the off and good knocks from Rich Kirby (55) and Ben Hilton (60) took them to 184 for 4, but well behind the required run rate.

Two run outs slowed their momentum and Lewis Beasley claimed five wickets to leave Thirsk all out for 205 with 3.3 overs remaining. Beasley finished with 5-63.

The win places Sewerby in second place 88 points clear of the team below them and a second promotion is on the cards.