Two Wins For York As They Stay On Course
Two wins over a double weekend kept York on course for the ECB Yorkshire League championship. They followed up a crushing 154-run win over Sheffield United with a seven wicket home win against Apleby Frodingham.
Three batsmen scored half centuries as they declared at 280 for five against United. Marcus Wood, batting at No 7, was top scorer with 78 not out while Duncan Snell made 63 and Nick Kay 59 not out. York survived a mini collapse from129 for one to 137 for five before Wood and Kay enjoyed an unbroken sixth wicket partnership of 143.
The following day, York bowled out Appleby Frodingham for 205 with slow left arm bowler Daniel Woods taking six for 41 before reaching their victory target in the 39th over. Snell and Simon Mason put them on course with a second wicket stand of 113 with Snell making 98 and Mason 68.
Barnsley won their seventh match in a row with a seven wicket victory at Driffield, off spinner Richard Wilkinson taking five for ten in seven overs as Driffield were bowled out for 83. Barnsley had some early scares, sliding to 25 for three before Matthew Wilson with 40 not out and Henri Londt 29 not out saw them home.
Harrogate lost both their weekend matches. Appleby Frodingham beat them by eight wickets after bowling them out for 141. Jaco Scholtz with 58 and Duncan Heath 56 not out then took them to within sight of their victory target with a century opening stand.
The following day, Harrogate crashed by ten wickets at home to Sheffield Collegiage after a fine all-round performance by England under-19 internaitonal Joe Root. Root took four for 33 in ten overs as Collegiate bowled out Harrogate for 187. He and Nick Gaywood then led Collegiate to their comfortable victory, Gaywood making 109, including 20 fours and Root 72.
There were mixed fortunes for Rotherham They beat Hull by 81 runs before losing to the Yorkshire Academy by 31 runs.
Rotherham totalled 267 for nine against Hull with Dan Allen top sdcoring with 97 supported by Gerhard Rudolph (42) and James Moorhouse (38). Hull's challenge was led by Ben Kirby, who scored 67, but they had the misfortune to lose Nigel Redfearn, who retired hurt on 45 and were bowled out for 186 with Yorkshire second team pace bowler Ben Sanderson taking five for 37.
The following day, they were dismissed for 168 in reply to the Acadmey's total of 199 for nine, of which Alex Lees made 71. Pace bower Moin Ashraf was the Academy's match winner, taking seven for 37.
Australian opening batsman Chris Spinella made 134 in Doncaster's 84-run win against Sheffield United. Doncaster declared at 281 for seven before restricting United to 197 for seven.
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