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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Billy Armitstead, Elias Smith, Alex Wood and Georgie Flack on their Yorkshire selection.
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