Defending Champions York Off To A Flyer

Defending Champions York Off To A Flyer
Defending Champions York Off To A Flyer
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Defending champions York have sent a strong message to would be challengers in the Yorkshire ECB Premier League, topping the 300 mark for the second week in a row as they thrashed Castleford by 166 runs at Clifton Park.

Duncan Snell and Yorkshire second team batsman Jack Leaning shared an opening partnership of 257 as York totalled a formidable 333 for three, Snell hitting four sixes and 17 fours in his 137 while Leaning scored three sixes and nine fours as he made 112. Ed Morrison took all three wickets to fall.  Leg spinner Tom Pringle then took five for 32 as Castleford were bowled out for 167.

Yorkshire second team batsman, left hander Alex Lees, who played in the county’s opening championship march against Sussex at Headingley three weeks ago, top scored with 91 not out and England under-19s batsman Jon Tattersall added an undefeated 42 in Yorkshire Academy’s ten wicket win over Sheffield United after restricting them to 147 for six. Sheffield opener Mark Cummins (57) scored a half century, sharing a fifth wicket partnership of 84 with Dean Smith (41 not out), but their total proved to be no problem for the Academy youngsters.

Harrogate also won by ten wickets against Driffield Town, Alexis Twigg scoring 100 not out and Calum How 73 as the home team overcame the visitors’ all out total of 188.

Scarborough beat Rotherham Town by eight wickets at North Marine Road after restricting the visitors to 177 for seven. Chris Grey produced a fine all-round performance, taking four for 40 and then scoring an unbeaten 56 as he led Scarborough to victory with a third wicket stand of 137 along with Darren Harland, who hit 83 not out.

Barnsley had a 54-run win at Hull, opener Matthew Wilson top scoring with 52 in their total of 183 for eight while Tom Shaw made 47. Ali Jahinger took four for 37 and Callum Bethel three for 22 as Hull were bowled out for 129.

Oliver Pearson produced a match winning bowling performance, taking five for 32 in Sheffield Collegiate’s 42-run win over Appleby Frodingham. A Blakey top scored with 68 in Collegiate’s total of 200. Frodingham replied with 158.

Bill Kirby made an unbeaten 104 for Cleethorpes, but their match against Doncaster ended in a rain affected draw.

David Markham

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