Harrogate Vs York – Match Report
Jonathan Tattersall made a memorable return to St George’s Road producing a superb all-round performance for York as they maintained their winning start to the season making it three from three, matching the start which led to last season’s title success.
Daniel Woods’ side had lost three of their four meetings in the competition against Harrogate and had yet to win a Premier League North match at the home of the 2016 champions, but previous results and their opponents indifferent start to the season meant the visitors arrived in confident mood.
The match followed the familiar pattern of recent weeks with Jonathan Tattersall and Duncan Snell getting the innings off to a positive start. Partnerships of 139 and 124 in the previous two games demonstrated the potency of York’s opening pair and this was again underlined as they set about the hosts’ attack. Tattersall was dropped on 16 but that apart the duo looked untroubled and shortly after Snell had driven opposition skipper George Ross down the ground to register a half-century the total passed 100, and the openers became the first to record three consecutive century partnerships in the competition. The diminutive Tattersall clearly enjoying facing his former team-mates brought up his second half-century of the campaign off 73 balls as the partnership approached 150 at a scoring rate in excess of five an over. Snell already with a century to his name against Sessay the previous week made it two in a row bringing up three figures with a straight six off Harry Stothard the seventh bowler called upon by the ‘Gate skipper. The boundary also brought up the 200 and with more than a dozen overs remaining the batting side had their sights set on a formidable total. The return of Tom Geeson-Brown from the pavilion end somewhat curtailed things for the York as he picked up the wickets of Snell, caught at mid-wicket for 112, and Tattersall in similar fashion for 88 in the space of three overs. The tall seamer added two further wickets, including that of Oliver Batchelor who made 40 off 32 before being caught out on the deep mid-wicket boundary, and finished with figures of 4-73. Five wickets were lost in total during a frenetic final six overs as York tried to maximise their advantage reaching 293-7 by the close.
Oliver Leedham made the most of his first top-flight opportunity of the season striking twice in his opening four overs, the first the key wicket of George Ross caught by Tattersall at point for nought, which was followed by a good low catch at slip by Woods to dismiss Will Bates. Those came either side of overseas signing Alex Rose’s first wicket for the club. Jack Potticary made 97 the previous week against Yorkshire Academy but the Australian found his outside edge and Oliver Batchelor, deputising for the injured Tom Brooks behind the stumps made no mistake. From 25 for 3 the hosts faced an uphill struggle and whilst a partnership of 33, the highest of the innings, between Edward Wilson and Harry Stothard offered some hope the introduction of Tattersall proved decisive. Wickets in three of the leg-spinners first five overs reduced the home side to 84-6. Corrie Keeble top scored with 27 but he went tamely lbw prodding forward to a ball from Daniel Woods as the spinners took charge. The York skipper finished with two for six from five overs, his second sandwiched between a brace from Tattersall who wrapped up the innings the final wicket falling with the score on 131, and ended up with figures of 5-50 from 11 overs.