ECB Yorkshire League Title Race Hots Up

York and Yorkshire Academy are battling for the ECB Yorkshire League title this season
York and Yorkshire Academy are battling for the ECB Yorkshire League title this season
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The top two teams in the Yorkshire ECB League - York and Yorkshire Academy - both gained emphatic victories as they battle for the title.

Second-placed York, who are aiming for their eighth title in a row, won by 116 runs at Doncaster while leaders Yorkshire Academy, who are five points ahead, beat third-placed Barnsley away from home by 160 runs.

York scored 327 for seven with opener Simon Lambert hitting 13 fours and one six in his 116. Ryan McKendry made 75 and then took four for 44 with his spin bowling as Doncaster were dismissed for 211. It was a good day for the McKendry family as brother Liam completed five stumpings.

The Academy, who were runners-up last year, made a formidable 289 for six at Barnsley with captain Ryan Gibson unbeaten on 136, including 14 fours and two sixes.

They bowled Barnsley out for 129 with left-arm spinner James Logan taking six for 39 and Gibson completing a fine all-round performance with three for 21.

Scarborough gained a comfortable eight-wicket win at home to Driffield, bowling out the visitors for 104 with Chris Grey taking three for eight. Scarborough lost both openers for 15 before Grey with 42 not out and Darren Harland 28 not out guided them to victory.

Castleford lost by 97 runs at Rotherham, who made 297 for six with James Moorhouse (78) and Gareth Purshouse (58) putting on 140 for the first wicket. Captain Jarran Cook scored 108 not in reply, but Castleford fell short on 200 for seven with spinner Will Street taking five for 46.

Young spinner Prithvi Shaw took five for 36 in Cleethorpes' 110-run win at Harrogate. Cleethorpes scored 268 for nine with Bill Kirby top scoring with 68. Harrogate were bowled out for 158.

Sheffield Collegiate beat neighbours Sheffield United by four wickets. They bowled out United for 216 with Matt Lee taking six for 61 and then former Yorkshire wicket-keeper Simon Guy scored 83 in their successful run chase.

© Cricket World 2014

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