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York CC Vs Sessay CC – Match Report

At Clifton Park, July 20. York won by 131 runs.

York 10pts, Sessay 0pts. Toss: York.

Tom Forsdike will have more reasons than most to remember his league debut, seven to be exact, marking his first appearance in the top flight with the competition’s season best figures of 7-28 as York put the disappointment of the previous weeks defeat firmly behind them with an emphatic victory over relegation threatened Sessay.  The off spinners previous first team experienced had been limited to a couple of cup games back in 2014, since then he plied his trade in the second XI but 15 wickets in the last three weeks was enough to earn a place in the line-up and to devastating effect, four of his victims were bowled and twice he picked up wickets with consecutive deliveries the beleaguered batsmen simply unable to cope with the turn and bounce he was able to generate, the visitors who have struggled for runs throughout the season failed again to reach 150 for the fourth time in their last six matches. After choosing to bat first skipper Duncan Snell and opening partner Jack Leaning were both back in the pavilion inside the first seven overs, the captain run out for the second innings in a row and last week’s centurion Leaning caught at the wicket chasing a wide ball from Liam Carver. After the first of two brief delays for rain James Billington and Chris Booth resumed the innings, the latter was dropped at slip on 8 with the score at 57 and it proved a costly mistake. Billington had shown signs of an upturn in form with 46 in two of his last three innings and shortly after the second weather interruption completed a half-century off 58 balls, Booth did likewise and together the pair added 160 for the third wicket, a club record in this league and third on the competitions all-time list. The score had moved on to 181 by the time Booth missed with an attempted reverse sweep, a shot which had proved profitable up until that point, and was given out lbw. York’s overseas signing surpassed his previous best of 88 at the start of a run of 14 consecutive singles which would eventually lead to his first century for the club, an innings of 108 balls containing eight fours and a six. An enterprising run a ball partnership of 40 with Ben Robinson came to an end when the Australian, on 112, played across the line and was bowled by Matthew Till the first of three wickets for the spinner in the closing six overs. Robinson backed up last week’s 41 with his maiden half-century at this level and remained unbeaten on 56 from only 44 balls when the innings closed with the total on 280-6. Openers Mark Wilkie and Matthew Till began the response in positive fashion 48 runs coming from the first 10 overs. Visiting skipper Wilkie under-edged Guy Darwin onto his stumps but at 73-1 and leading run scorer Mark Jackson just getting going the reply looked to be in decent shape, then just five balls into his opening over Forsdike had two wickets and the picture looked very different, a further three quickly followed and at one stage he had figures of five for nine, still with three overs in hand when picking up his seventh wicket, Jackson bowled aiming an expansive drive down the ground having reached 41, the prospect of taking nine did not seem too farfetched but then Leaning had Stuart Peirse caught at slip and doubled his tally when Liam Carver’s full blooded struck cannoned of Billington’s helmet fielding close in then lobbed into the bowler’s hands. Victory by 131 runs moves York above Dunnington into fourth place in the table but still 21 points adrift of the leaders.

York CC Vs Castleford CC – Match Report

At Clifton Park, July 13. Castleford won by 17 runs.

York 4pts, Castleford 8pts. Toss: Castleford.

Jack Leaning produced one of the best all-round performances the competition has seen but despite a century following an earlier four wicket haul he could not prevent Castleford winning a league game at Clifton Park for the first time since 2011. On that occasion David Wainwright weighed in with a century, this time his contribution was less significant but nevertheless crucial in a closely fought contest. The Castleford skipper was forced to sit out much of the first part of his side innings having been struck by a ball from Jack Charters whilst opening, his departure albeit temporary was seized upon by the hosts, Charters and Guy Darwin with a wicket a piece inside the first eight overs. A partnership between overseas signing Umair Khan and Eitan Litvin took the total beyond three figures before the former drove at Leaning in the spinners second over and was caught as slip for 26.  With the score on 106-3 Wainwright resumed his innings and both he and Litvin completed half-centuries prior to the fall of the next wicket. Litvin’s departure stumped of the bowling of Clarke Doughney for 61 with the score on 177 was followed immediately by the young spinners second wicket, and when ‘keeper Tom Brooks held an attempted sweep down the leg side by the Castleford skipper the home side looked to have a measure of control in the game with less than ten overs remaining and the score still below 200. Wickets with consecutive deliveries from Daniel Woods came in the midst of an inspired spell of striking from Eddie Morrison who cleared the ropes six times on the way to a score of 46 from just 24 balls, his fun only ended in the final over Charters taking two catches both of Leaning to close out the innings with the total on 254. The hosts pursuit of what would have to be their highest successful run chase in the competition began badly when Duncan Snell was run out in the fourth over, the opener unable to re-make his ground after been sent back, and the situation worsened when they lost two more wickets inside the first 12 overs. That brought together Leaning and Ben Robinson, the youngster in only his second start at this level took time to settle and had scored four from 25 balls when he was dropped at backward point, undeterred he gradually gained in confidence and contributed 41 to a stand of 122 for the fourth wicket. After being dropped twice more his luck finally ran out when adjudged lbw attempting to sweep Jack Young. It was during a partnership of 43 from 50 balls that Leaning went to his century, a second of the season and his sixth since the start of the new league, coming off 121 balls including a dozen fours. His eventual departure stumped off Young for 120 left the home side needing 32 off 29 balls but with victory seemingly in the hosts grasp Wainwright and Young snatched it away, three wickets in the space of 12 balls leaving Guy Darwin to see out the closing over to ensure York picked up four points from the match when they had looked to be in a position to collect all ten.

Woodhouse Grange CC Vs York CC – Match Report

At Sandhill Lane, July 6.

York won by 71 runs. Woodhouse Grange 0pts, York 10pts.

Toss: York.

This clash between the championship holders and the pretenders to their crown, had it gone to form, would have seen Woodhouse Grange open up a seemingly unassailable 35 point advantage and all but ended York’s hopes of retaining their title, but an extraordinary contest has opened up the race not only to these two but the three sides separating them all five now covered by just 15 points. There was little evidence of what was to come as James Billington struck three fours and a six off James Finch to advance the score on to 91-1 in the 15th over. The only wicket to fall that of Jack Leaning, one of six changes to the side which suffered a heavy defeat in the reverse fixture back in early May, he somewhat fortuitously for the hosts hit a full toss from Josh Jackson straight into the hands of Chris Wood at deep square leg.  The visitors appeared to be on top of the bowling both Billington and Duncan Snell finding the boundary on a regular basis but everything changed when the York captain having reached 43 failed to clear Steve Burdett at long-on off his opposite number Finch. That dismissal set in motion a collapse which would see six wickets fall for 42 runs in just over an hour. Billington was next to depart the Australian, having come within four runs of a half-century for the second Saturday in a row, top edged a sweep on to his pads, a simple catch ballooning up to the wicket-keeper. Of the next six batsmen only Oliver Batchelor reached double figures before falling to an excellent diving catch by Chirs Suddaby at mid-on, his dismissal came as part of a devastating spell from Chris Wood, the spinner picking up wickets in four of his first five overs at a cost of just eight runs. Daniel Woods and Guy Darwin managed to stem the tide, and put in the context of what was to come, certainly broke the momentum of the match that was all going the way of the home side. The pair saw out 11 overs adding 13 more to the score, and a further 18 came from a last wicket partnership between Clarke Doughney and Darwin, the latter last out for 20 in the final over with the total on 167. Just as the visitors had the hosts began well against the new ball losing only the one wicket in the opening dozen overs, but perhaps crucially it was that of their leading run scorer Andrew Bilton caught low down at point in Jack Leaning’s first over. On an afternoon that will most likely be remembered for the exploits of the spinners Charlie Elliot’s seven over spell of seam played a crucial role as events unfolded before a disbelieving crowd following both sides. Leaning, having picked up the first had a hand in the next three wickets too, twice taking catches at slip off Elliot in between which picking up the valuable wicket of Simon Tennant. The opener had got to 18 before clipping a ball off his pads at pace straight into the hands of Billington at short leg.  By the 20th over the fielding side were firmly in charge and clearly relishing their work the scoreboard read 76 for 6 and both Leaning and Elliot had three wickets. The latter gave way to Daniel Woods and the talismanic spinner, still undergoing his cancer treatment, was soon in on the action picking up the wicket of Tom Neal, the former Acomb player one of only three ‘Grange batsmen to reach double figures.  Leaning picked up his fourth wicket and Woods the final two as the home side narrowly avoided their lowest ever total in the competition that was 92 against Harrogate in 2016, this time they reached 96.

York CC Vs Yorkshire Academy – Match Report

At Leeds University, Weetwood, 29 June. York won by seven wickets. Yorkshire Academy 0pts, York 10 pts. Toss: Yorkshire Academy. York ended the first half of what has been a testing league season with a morale boosting victory against Yorkshire Academy thanks largely to an inspirational performance from skipper Duncan Spell who picked up three wickets before securing maximum points for only the second time in 2019 with an unbeaten 87.  Whilst clear blue skies were a welcome sight above the university playing fields it meant the visitors  having to contend with soaring temperatures as they took to the field. Finlay Bean, playing against his parent club for the first time, opened the innings with captain and leading run scorer James Wharton and together they made a positive start scoring 49 from the first 11 overs. Bean had made 16 when he was caught by a diving Oliver Batchelor at gully, having chased a wide delivery from Snell, and his opening partner should have followed soon after but the chance was spilled by the keeper. Charlie Elliot’s first league wicket for over a month ended Harry Duke’s short stay at the crease, Chris Booth taking a regulation catch at slip leaving the match evenly poised after 16 overs. The fielding side were left to rue the earlier missed opportunity as Wharton completed his third half-century of the campaign, it came up during a partnership of 65 for the third wicket with Arjun Ramkumar and it was his dismissal, bowled by Clarke Doughney for 30, with the score on 122 that sparked a collapse which would see five wickets fall in the space of nine overs for just 18 runs. Among them was the key wicket of Wharton who, with the vast open spaces on the leg side available picked out Charlie Elliot at deep square leg off Jack Charters, his innings of 71 from 107 balls including eight fours the highest for the hosts in matches between these sides in Yorkshire League North. The dramatic passage of play left both Charters and Doughney each with two wickets and the spinner increased his haul to three when Harry Harding failed to clear Snell on the edge of the circle at mid-off, it came in the penultimate over of the teenagers 13 over unbroken spell from the pavilion end and final figures of 3-46 represented his best performance since joining the Clifton Park side. Snell returned for a second spell late on and it was his brace which closed out the innings on 183, the visiting skipper returning season best figures of 3-35. Oliver Batchelor, playing in familiar surroundings having spent time playing for Leeds/Bradford MCCU at their Weetwood home, was the only casualty in the first half of the visitors reply and could count himself a touch unlucky to be caught down the leg side having made 21. James Billington has passed fifty only once to date but came close to doing so a second time reaching 46, including three fours and two sixes, before being trapped lbw, however his part in a stand of 107 put the visitors firmly in charge. Chris Booth was the only other batsman dismissed, managing to strike four boundaries before top edging a ball from Harry Harding straight up in the air gifting the spinner, and ‘keeper Harry Duke  a second dismissal of the afternoon. It was little consolation for either as soon after Snell struck the ball to the boundary for a tenth time in his 119 ball innings to bring about the victory, Ben Robinson making his competition debut at the other end watching on.

York CC Vs Clifton Alliance CC – NKO Round 3

At Clifton Park, June 9. Clifton Alliance won by seven wickets. York played host to Yorkshire League North opponents for the third time in this season’s competition but were unable to repeat the level of performance that had seen off both Dunnington and Castleford in previous rounds, instead they were beaten in convincing fashion by their local rivals whose overseas player Matthew Montgomery produced a match-winning half-century on a day when several batsmen failed to go on after getting themselves in. David Friend and Samuel Grant kept York’s openers tied down. Accurate bowling focused on one side of the wicket allowed for a packed offside field, with a single fielder on the leg side at times there were just eight scoring shots in the opening ten overs, a period which also saw the crucial wicket of Duncan Snell fall, the opener stumped as he overstretched in defence to a ball from Friend. James Billington was beginning to show signs of his recent upturn in form but was bowled as he tried to clip Friend through the leg side for what would have been a third four in the over, and when Oliver Batchelor played down the wrong line to the next ball bowled by spinner Thomas Brown the home side were 51-3. Nick James and Matthew Bell’s fourth wicket partnership of 38 was the highest in a fractured innings punctuated by wickets at regular intervals, James was visibly annoyed with himself when a leading edge dropped into the hands of extra cover, and Tom Spearman was another caught on the edge of the inner circle having battled for 16 balls for a single. A disjointed batting performance was encapsulated when Bell was run out by a throw from third man coming back for what was always going to be an unlikely second as the home side scrambled to reach a competitive total. The final eight overs produced 51 runs and against a side which had struggled for runs since the start of the season a target of 172 should have represented an uncomfortable challenge. Guy Darwin found the edge of David Taylor’s bat with a lifting delivery in the fourth over but Greg Drewery and South African Montgomery were quick to seize on a number of wayward deliveries and the target was reduced to around 3.5 runs per over by Nick James ran in from deep square leg to catch Drewery of the bowling of Snell. The York captain was the most effective of a bowling attack going for less than three runs an over on a day when, with the exception of youngster Jack Charters, the rest all conceded a run a ball or worse. Montgomery added 75 for the third wicket with Andrew Simpson, and in doing so reached 50 off 74 balls, he remained unbeaten at the end on 67 alongside Samuel Grant who brought a swift end to proceedings striking four consecutive boundaries in an over then a six in the next as the visitors reached their target with more than six overs to spare.

York CC Vs Castleford CC – NKO Round 2

At Clifton Park, May 12. York won by eight wickets. Toss: Castleford. A century from Duncan Snell helped settle this all Yorkshire League North tie as York booked their place in the next round with an eight wicket victory over Castleford. The rain that marred the previous days’ league meeting between the sides was long gone and this contest was played out under blue skies on a straw coloured wicket that offered the first indication that it would be a day for the batsmen. The extra bounce of the new ball produced an early wicket when Edward Cole failed to get over a ball from Guy Darwin instead cutting it straight to point at the start of the third over. Harry Wilkinson and overseas signing Umair Khan set about repairing the damage putting on 49 before Charlie Elliot found the leading edge of Wilkinson’s the ball lobbing gently to the fielder at cover. That dismissal brought visiting skipper Scott Hopkinson to the crease and the former Clifton Alliance all-rounder alongside Khan gained the upper hand in the game the pair adding exactly 100 in 15 over either side of drinks. The Pakistan-born all rounder twice hit spinner Daniel Woods for six, on his way to a score of 61, but the bowler finally got his man with a delivery turning enough to take the outside edge and drop into the hands of James Billington at point.  Prior to Khan’s departure the visitors would have had their sights set on a total in the region of 250 but York lead by Snell fought back in the final ten overs. The captain picked up the prized wicket of his opposite number for 69 and finished with 3-43 from eight overs. In all five wickets fell in the last half-dozen overs leaving the hosts chasing a target of 214 to win.  Oliver Batchelor opened the York reply alongside his captain and the pair took advantage of the early fielding restrictions regularly piercing the infield to find the boundary the duo were in full flow scoring at a rate in excess of six and a half runs per over when Liam Hyde picked up a low catch in his follow through to dismiss Batchelor for 36 made off 32 balls. Australian James Billington provided the perfect foil for his skipper picking off singles seemingly at will to rotate the strike.  Snell, having scored a century in the completion in each of the last two seasons, completed a hat-trick this latest one coming off only 82 balls including eight fours and five sixes.  His side were within sight of victory with only a further ten runs required when he under-edged an attempted sweep off Eddie Morrison onto his own stumps. Five balls later the match was over, Billington scoring the winning runs to finish unbeaten on 48, York reaching the target with just under four overs to spare.

York CC Vs Dunnington CC – NKO Round 1

At Clifton Park, April 28. York won by 108 runs. Toss: Dunnington. A devastating spell of new ball bowling from Guy Darwin and Jonathan Moxon blew away the Dunnington top order as York brushed aside the challenge of the visitors, who lost their first six wickets for just seven runs, to ease into the second round. The home side who had earlier been put in to bat suffered an early blow when Oliver Batchelor was caught at the wicket by wicket-keeper Daniel Barrett off the bowling of Jonathan Anderson in the fourth over. On a wicket which appeared to lack pace Australian James Billington was caught in two minds and checked a drive shot sending a simple catch back to bowler Luke Kilby. Harry Franklin turned out to be playing the anchor role but it was confusion between himself and Nick James which resulted in a run out when the latter was late to set off having played the ball to gully and as a result failed to beat Kilby’s throw to the bowlers end, it left York on 73-3 at the halfway mark of their 40 overs. A further 10 overs passed yielding 50 runs before Franklin fell to the spin of seam bowling of Alec Drury one short of what would have been a hard fought half-century, his demise came courtesy of a gentle prod into the hands of extra cover. Tom Brooks looked to accelerate the scoring with an enterprising 30 of 41 balls but his departure with five overs to go and the total on 148 sparked a collapse as three further wickets were lost before the innings was closed on 178-9, Guy Darwin batting with an injured finger remained not on 31 not out (off 21 balls) the only batsman with a strike rate in excess of 100. What followed after the interval was as breath-taking as it was unexpected. Moxon was first to strike knocking Adam Sutcliffe’s off stump out of the ground in his first over. Darwin took the catch in his follow through when Chris Pereath struck a full toss tamely back at the bowler, his second wicket came in the middle of a somewhat unconventional hat-trick from Moxon who struck with the final ball of his second over and the first two of his third. The result was that within 5.2 over of the start of their innings more than half the Dunnington line-up had been and gone. Daniel Barrett, batting at No8 was the first to show any signs of a fight back striking three fours as he took the vast majority of the strike in a stand worth 33 with Luke Kilby for the seventh wicket. Daniel Woods replaced Moxon, who had taken four wickets for 18 runs in five overs, at the Shipton Road end and the move paid an immediate dividend when Barrett was trapped lbw. The spinner picked up his second wicket thanks to a fine reaction catch by Nick James at slip who adjusted well to take a fine single handed catch low to his right.  Two became three when, with the total on 69 David Brent swung across the line to a straight delivery and was bowled. The last wicket went to teenage spinner Clarke Doughney making his debut in the competition for York, having already beaten the bat on a number of occasions he was rewarded when finding the edge of last man Jonathan Anderson’s bat wicket-keeper Brooks making no mistake. The visitors had been bowled out inside 27 overs to lose by 108 runs.

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Woodhouse Grange CC Vs York CC – Match Report

At Sandhill Lane, July 6.

York won by 71 runs. Woodhouse Grange 0pts, York 10pts.

Toss: York.

This clash between the championship holders and the pretenders to their crown, had it gone to form, would have seen Woodhouse Grange open up a seemingly unassailable 35 point advantage and all but ended York’s hopes of retaining their title, but an extraordinary contest has opened up the race not only to these two but the three sides separating them all five now covered by just 15 points. There was little evidence of what was to come as James Billington struck three fours and a six off James Finch to advance the score on to 91-1 in the 15th over. The only wicket to fall that of Jack Leaning, one of six changes to the side which suffered a heavy defeat in the reverse fixture back in early May, he somewhat fortuitously for the hosts hit a full toss from Josh Jackson straight into the hands of Chris Wood at deep square leg.  The visitors appeared to be on top of the bowling both Billington and Duncan Snell finding the boundary on a regular basis but everything changed when the York captain having reached 43 failed to clear Steve Burdett at long-on off his opposite number Finch. That dismissal set in motion a collapse which would see six wickets fall for 42 runs in just over an hour. Billington was next to depart the Australian, having come within four runs of a half-century for the second Saturday in a row, top edged a sweep on to his pads, a simple catch ballooning up to the wicket-keeper. Of the next six batsmen only Oliver Batchelor reached double figures before falling to an excellent diving catch by Chirs Suddaby at mid-on, his dismissal came as part of a devastating spell from Chris Wood, the spinner picking up wickets in four of his first five overs at a cost of just eight runs. Daniel Woods and Guy Darwin managed to stem the tide, and put in the context of what was to come, certainly broke the momentum of the match that was all going the way of the home side. The pair saw out 11 overs adding 13 more to the score, and a further 18 came from a last wicket partnership between Clarke Doughney and Darwin, the latter last out for 20 in the final over with the total on 167. Just as the visitors had the hosts began well against the new ball losing only the one wicket in the opening dozen overs, but perhaps crucially it was that of their leading run scorer Andrew Bilton caught low down at point in Jack Leaning’s first over. On an afternoon that will most likely be remembered for the exploits of the spinners Charlie Elliot’s seven over spell of seam played a crucial role as events unfolded before a disbelieving crowd following both sides. Leaning, having picked up the first had a hand in the next three wickets too, twice taking catches at slip off Elliot in between which picking up the valuable wicket of Simon Tennant. The opener had got to 18 before clipping a ball off his pads at pace straight into the hands of Billington at short leg.  By the 20th over the fielding side were firmly in charge and clearly relishing their work the scoreboard read 76 for 6 and both Leaning and Elliot had three wickets. The latter gave way to Daniel Woods and the talismanic spinner, still undergoing his cancer treatment, was soon in on the action picking up the wicket of Tom Neal, the former Acomb player one of only three ‘Grange batsmen to reach double figures.  Leaning picked up his fourth wicket and Woods the final two as the home side narrowly avoided their lowest ever total in the competition that was 92 against Harrogate in 2016, this time they reached 96.

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