Thursday 8 September 2011 

High Fives For Champions York

High Fives For Champions York
High Fives For Champions York
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It's high fives all-round at York, who are the ECB Yorkshire League champions for the fifth season in a row, as David Markham reports.

They beat their only rivals Rotherham Town by six wickets to make sure of the title with one week of the season remaining.

Leg spinner Tom Pringle took 5-55 in 18 while fellow spinner Dan Woods took 3-69 as Rotherham were bowled out for 157.

The visitors hit back well and the math was in balance at 86-4, but opener Duncan Snell and Ryan McKendry guided them to victory without any further loss, Snell batting through the innings for 87.

Third placed Cleethorpes had to settle for six points from their home match against Hull, which means that Rotherham cannot be overtaken and are therefore sure of finishing runners-up. Cleethorpes made their highest score of the season, 327-6 with Bill Kirby making an unbeaten 114 and sharing a 112-run partnership with Charlie Tomlinson, who made 61.

However, although Hull finished 120 runs short, they defied Cleethorpe's attempts to bowl them out as they settled for 207-6.

This meant the home side to be content with six points instead of the maximum eight. Chris Grey was Hull's top scorer with 68.

Yorkshire Academy also had to settle for six points from their six wicket win at Castleford. Brayden Clarke made 93 in Castleford's total of 224-8 as leg spinner Jonathon Tatterstall took 5-59. However, Alex Lees led the Academy to victory with 91.

Appleby Frodingham beat Doncaster by seven wickets thanks to an opening stand of 140 by Duncan Heath 90 and captain Matt Morland 50. Doncaster totalled 208-9 with top scorer Alex Gosney (95) and Curtis Free (33) sharing an eighth wicket stand of 84, but it proved to be not enough to beat in-form Frodingham.

Sheffield Collegiate recorded their third win in a row - by one wicket at Scarborough. Kunwar Bansil top scored with 61 while openers Andy Simpson made 32 and Darren Harland 29 as Scarborough were bowled out for 192. Collegiate were indebted to Ed McKenna with 68 and Tom Lister 33 for their narrow win.

Harrogate beat Sheffield United by 18 runs, but United's last wicket pair of Mark Collinson and Saqib Hussain denied them maximum points. Skipper Ryan Bradshaw top scored with 49 while openers Alexis Twigg scored 42 and James Tattersall 31 in Harrogate's total of 211. United closed on 193-9 after an unbroken last wicket stand of 45 between Collinson (18) and Saqib Hussain (26).

Barnsley beat Driffield by 78 runs, Kumal Razdan (71) and Simon Widdup (70) sharing a second wicket stand of 135 in their total of 259-7 as Dave Brent took four wickets. Driffield replied with 181-9. Nick Hardgrave was top scorer with 63 while lower order batsman Rob Drury helped to deny Barnsley maximum points with an invaluable 37 not out.

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