Wednesday 11 August 2010 

York Take Another Step Towards League Title

York Take Another Step Towards League Title
York Take Another Step Towards League Title
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Leaders York took another step towards the ECB Yorkshire League title with an eight win at Harrogate.

Left arm spinner Daniel Woods took a remarkable five for nine in 10.4 overs while medium pace bowler Tom Bartram gave good support with four for 50 as Harrogate were bowled out for 91, of which Alexis Twigg made 37. Opener Dan Wilson then hit 11 fours in an unbeaten 60 as York cruised to their modest target.

Second placed Barnsley kept in touch by beating Scarborough by four wickets. Off spinner Richard Wilkinson took seven for 56, taking his season's tally to 58 League wickets for the season as Scarborough were bowled out for 190 while medium pace bowler Glenn Yates took three for 62. Skipper Darren Harland top scored with 51 for Scarborough while Simon Tennant made 35. Yorkshire second team batsman Gary Ballance led the way for Barnsley with 59 and received good support from Jason Booth with 43 not out and Wilkinson 28, who put on 51 for the fifth wicket.

Yorkshire Academy kept the pressure on Barnsley with a five wicket win at Doncaster. The home team were in trouble at 18 for four, but 17-year-old Felix Odell (38) and Amit Kundra (42) led the revival with an 82-run partnership for the fifth wicket before they collapsed to 126 all out. Pace bowler Moin Ashraf (3-15) and spinner Gurman Randhawa (3-31) shared six wickets for the Academy.

Yorkshire second team pace bowler Ben Sanderson took eight for 91 to help Rotherham to beat Castleford by four wickets in a low scoring match. Castleford were bowled out for 91, of which Andrew Bourke made 50, including eight fours. Rotherham were struggling in reply on 28 for four before Nathan Smith with 40 not out guided them to victory.

Benjy Watson also took eight wickets as Sheffield Collegiate crushed their local rivals United in the Sheffield derby. Watson took eight for 28 in 12 overs as United were skittled out for a mere 57 to set up a nine wicket win.

Appleby Frodingham beat Cleethorpes by one wicket with seven balls to spare in a tense finish at Cleethorpes.The home side made 230 for seven with brothers James Osmond making 90 and Alex Osmond 49 not out while Bill Kirkby scored 46. Rob Day (45) and Jaco Scholtz (43) gave Frodingham a good start before an unbroken tenth wicket partnership between Carl Taylor (44) and Paul Hilton (13 not out) guided them to their narrow victory.

David Markham

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