Two of Yorkshire’s brightest young batsmen, England under-19 internationals Ryan Gibson and captain Will Rhodes, shared a third wicket stand of 221 as leaders Yorkshire Academy crushed visitors Scarborough by 329 runs in the Yorkshire ECB League.
Gibson hit 16 fours and one six in his innings of 160 while Rhodes included seven boundaries in his 120 as the Academy totalled 386 for five.
Jared Warner then took four for nine in three overs, including a hat-trick as Scarborough were bowled out for a mere 57. Josh Shaw, another England Under-19 player, took three for 18.
Second-placed York, the only team, who can overtake the Academy with two games left, won by 131 runs at Cleethorpes. They trail the Academy by nine points with 16 to play for. York declared on 279 for four after Liam McKendry and Simon Lambert added 143 for the second wicket. McKendry made 80, younger brother Ryan 65 not out and Lambert 61. Chris Burn took five for 25 as Cleethorpes were bowled out for 148.
Opening bowler Zohaib Ahmad took five for 40 as Barnsley beat Castleford by 24 runs. Replying to Barnsley’s total of 185 for five, Castleford made a fine start, but then collapsed from 70 without loss to 161 all out.
Spinner Duncan Heath produced an outstanding bowling performance in Appleby Frodingham’s 48-run win against Doncaster. Heath took seven for 22 as Doncaster were bowled out for 120. David Brent (80) top scored for Frodingham.
Harrogate beat Sheffield United by 46 runs. Alexis Twigg top scored with 57 in their total of 218 for eight before David Foster took six for 36 as United were bowled out for 172. Chamal Rajapaksha, who made 73, shared a second wicket stand of 129 with Bilal Anjam (41), but their efforts were in vain.
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