Leaders York Beaten For First Time In A Year
Leaders York suffered their first league defeat for a year when they lost by just three runs against in a tense finish against Driffield.
Sam Drury top scored with 80 while Nick Hardgrave made 51 as Driffield were bowled out for 235. York appeared to be on course for victory as Oliver Hairs (72) and Yorkshire second-teamer Jack Leaning (42) shared a second-wicket stand of 109, but their innings slid away once this pair were parted and they were dismissed for 232 – the first time they have been bowled out this season - agonisingly three runs short. Hardgrave with five for 56 and Ollie Ezard with four for 48 were the chief wicket-takers.
Medium-pace bowler Graeme Wiles took a hat-trick as Harrogate joined York at the top of the table after beating Sheffield United at home by 58 runs.
They totalled 236 for six with C How top scoring 53, Ryan Bradshaw hitting 44 not out, Vic Craven 41 and A Hawkswell 40. Sheffield United struggled in reply, but their last pair denied Harrogate maximum points as they settled on 178 for nine. Whiles took five for 33, including a hat-trick and Andy Laws three for 20.
Yorkshire Academy moved into third place with a crushing 260-run over Hull. Skipper Alex Lees, who has played first-class cricket for Yorkshire this season, scored 116 off 77 balls as the Academy amassed 328 for eight before dismissing Hull for a mere 68 with left arm spinner Karl Carver taking three for eight in six overs and pace bowler Ryan Gibson three for nine from five.
Lees, a 20-year-old left-hander, who struck 17 fours and one six, shared a second-wicket stand of 156 with Mosun Hussain (55) while Will Rhodes (38) and Gibson (32) gave good support.
Captain and off-spinner Alex Osmond produced a match-winning bowling performance, taking seven for 12 in 6.5 overs as Cleethorpes won by 130 runs at Sheffield Collegiate. Cleethorpes made 187 before dismissing Collegiate for only 57.
Player/coach Simon Widdup led from the front with a fine all-round performance to help Doncaster Town thrash Castleford by 10 wickets.
Widdup took five for 24 with his off spin as Castleford were bowled out for 152 before Doncaster completed their easy win with Gareth Cox making 91 and Widdup 53.
Tom Precious and Jack Holt each took three for 23 in Scarborough’s six-wicket home win over Barnsley. After the visitors were bowled out for 136, Ashley Lyth led Scarborough to victory with an unbeaten 36.
Appleby Frodingham beat Rotherham by seven wickets after bowling them out for 150 despite a stand of 97 between Archie Ogden (76) and Dan Waldron (25). Duncan Heath (3-10), Jack Forrester (3-29) and Justin Dill (3-41) each took three wickets.
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