York Cricket club has been based at Clifton Park since 1967 and boasts two cricket pitches of outstanding quality, the main square being host to Yorkshire County Cricket Club 2nd XI fixtures in addition a County T20 Blast warm up. The Ground is serviced by the newly modernised pavilion and state of the art scoreboard, creating a fantastic cricket experience for both players and spectators alike.
York’s opening day victory at Driffield came as a result of an excellent display of seam bowling from Charlie Elliot and Oliver Leedham. Elliot exploited the favourable conditions to great effect taking 4-16 from 13 overs, whilst Leedham making only his second appearance in the competition, picked up three key wickets including the hosts overseas signing Afaq Rahim and skipper Danny Broumpton.
Overseas signing Kyle Brockley, just two balls into his debut for the visitors, found the outside edge of James Pick’s bat and the ball flew straight into the hands of Dan Woods at first slip, but the Australian was unable maintain control and went for 28 runs from his three overs. That was in contrast to Matthew Waite, the former Yorkshire Academy skipper and close season signing also making his debut conceding just 14 from his opening spell of six overs which could have ended with a wicket had he been able to hold on to a sharp return catch in his final over. The turning point of the match came in the 11th over with the introduction of Leedham and the total on 56-1 his first ball trapping Driffield’s Pakistani opener lbw for 23 and four overs later Elliot knocked back Ben Kohler-Cadmore’s (32) middle stump.
With two new batsmen at the crease the scoring rate slowed just 23 runs coming from the next nine overs. Elliot could have had Casey Rudd caught at slip but the miss did not prove costly with Leedham bowling the same batsman soon after with the total on 88. Broumpton fell to the same mode of dismissal without scoring and his departure sparked a collapse as four wickets fell in as many overs. Elliot picked up the key wicket of Sam Drury , the reaction of the fielding side to Jack Leaning’s excellent catch at slip as the ball flew to him at shoulder height left little doubt that they were delighted to see a batsmen who has often tormented them heading back to the pavilion with only 28 to his name. Nick Hardgrave was trapped lbw off the next ball and Mark Goddard became the fourth batsman dismissed without scoring when ‘keeper Joe Ashdown held a feint edge standing up to the wicket and he was on hand to stump Jamie Hopper off Tom Pringle as seam gave way to spin for the closing overs. Visiting skipper picked up the final wicket of the innings though most of the credit for the dismissal should go to Leedham who made good ground before taking a tumbling catch at deep square leg to end Harry Burnhill’s stubborn resistance of 14 from 36 balls. That left York chasing 122 if they were to record back to back successes over the same opponents having closed the 2016 campaign with a 182 run victory at the same venue.
That match featured a League record first wicket partnership of 205 between Duncan Snell and Jack Leaning, and the pair appeared to pick up where they had left off. Leaning temporarily free from his county commitments, due to the availability of Yorkshire’s England contracted players, began cautiously contributing just 16 to the first 50 runs scored. His opening partner benefited from an abundance of leg side deliveries to keep the score moving and when his sixth boundary took his total to 36 he became the first batsman to reach 1000 runs in the fledgling Hunters ECB Premier League North. A full ball from Harry Burnhill denied the left-hander a half-century bowling him for 42 with the total on 70. Waite replaced Snell and him and Leaning set about bringing a swift end to the contest with 50 coming of the next six overs this included four consecutive boundaries to Waite off Burnhill as he raced to 25 off 15 balls. It appeared a fifth four had sealed victory only for it to pull up inside the rope with the batsmen having only completed a single, the resulting confusion allowing Leaning to strike the winning runs and in doing so bring up his half-century.