Lambert Hits Record Double-Century
Simon Lambert scored a club record 209 not out off 173 balls as leaders York gained a crushing 303-run home win over Cleethorpes in the Yorkshire ECB League.
The opening batsman struck 30 fours and four sixes in a brutal display, sharing century partnerships with brothers Liam McEendry (55) and Ryan McKendry (47) as the reigning champions amassed 379 for three in their 55 overs.
Cleethorpes were clearly deflated by this onslaught and could only muster a paltry 79 in reply with Jake Murphy taking five for 37 and Nick Kay five for 38.
Second-placed Harrogate remain three points behind York after they beat bottom club Sheffield United by 96 runs.
Foundations for their victory were laid by Scott Huntley, who scored 130, including 13 fours and two sixes as he shared a stand of 107 with George Ross, who scored 42.
Jonathon Tattersall (4-24) and Andy Laws (4-34) each took four wickets as Sheffield United replied with 175.
Yorkshire Academy are level on points with Harrogate after their 72-run win at Scarborough. 19-year-old Will Rhodes, honoured by the ECB as their England Development Programme Cricketer of the Year mainly for his work as captain of the Under-19 side at the recent World Cup, top scored with 85 as the Academy posted 258 for five.
Karl Carver then took five for 37 as Scarborough were bowled out for 188.
Will Root, brother of England and Yorkshire batsman Joe Root, scored 59 and former Yorkshire wicket-keeper Simon Guy 33 for Sheffield Collegiate, but were on the losing side, Collegiate going down by 28 runs at Rotherham Town.
Ben Sanderson was top scorer with 74 as Rotherham made 190. Collegiate were restricted to 162 for nine in reply.
Barnsley won by 39 runs in a low-scoring match at Castleford. Spinners dominated as Barnsley were bowled out for 100 with Eddie Morrison taking four for 33. At that stage, Castleford must have been confident of victory, but they were shot out for 61 with 16-year-old Callum Bethel taking four for 12 and Ali Jahangir three for 22.
Doncaster Town won by five wickets at Appleby Frodingham. The home side were bowled out for 123 with Felix Odell (3-14) and Curtis Free (3-31) each taking three wickets. Simon Widdup then made 37 as Doncaster cantered home.
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