Driffield’s Pakistan A batsman Aamer Sajjad has begun the season in superb form. Sajjad, who scored 113 in Driffield’s home defeat against Scarborough on the opening day of the season, hit 129 in their thrilling one run win at defending champions York. His innings, containing 16 fours and one six, was the foundation of Driffield’s total of 217 for nine with leg spinner Tom Pringle taking five for 76.
Consistent batting down the order led by Oliver Hairs 41 and Nick Kay and Ryan McKendry, who each made 32, kept York on course for victory despite losing wickets. They were left needing two runs to win off the last two deliveries, but new captain Dan Woods edged the ball into the gloves of the wicketkeeper to give Driffield their narrow win. Ollie Ezard was Driffield’s most successful bowler taking five for 57.
Cleethorpes thrashed Sheffield Collegiate by nine wickets after bowling them out for a mere 49. Andy Ellis took five for 22 and South African Grhaam Hume five for 23 as Collegiate were dismissed in 22.2 overs. Cleethorpes reached their modest target in 13.4 overs.
Doncaster Town struggled against Harrogate as they were bowled out for 77 in 35.5 overs. Left arm spinner Joe Ellis-Grewal took four for 22 as Harrogate won by five wickets.
Off spinner Azeem Rafiq, who took three wickets for Yorkshire first team in their CB40 match against Kent at Headingley the following day, captained Yorkshire Academy to a crushing 172-run win at Castleford. Jack Leaning and George Ross shared a third wicket stand of 118 as the Academy totalled 246 for six, Leaning making 88 and Ross 47 while Jon Tatterall scored 55. Rafiq then took five for 14 as Castleford were bowled out for 74.
Appleby Frodingham beat Hull by 92 runs with Matt Fowler and New Zealander Tony Manning sharing an unbroken partnership of 121 in their total of 251 for four, Fowler making 72 not out and Manning 56 not out. David Barrick with 62 was top scorer for Hull, who were bowled out for 159.
Barnsley beat Rotherham by six wickets after bowling them out for 124 with Ryan Hercules from Guyana taking three wickets.
Scarborough enjoyed a 130-run home win over Sheffield United after posting an impressive 235 for eight.
By David Markham
© Cricket World 2012