Sessay Vs York – Match report
The picturesque backdrop of Oval View provided the perfect setting for Chris Booth’s first century as York overcame both sweltering conditions and a determined Sessay side to record an 18 run victory. Daniel Woods took five wickets to add to his seven from the sides’ first meeting but stubborn resistance denied the visitors maximum points and the League leaders’ advantage is now down to just three.
Mark Wilkie opted to put the visitors in on a green tinged wicket, which would turn out to be an excellent surface to bat on. Duncan Snell and Finlay Bean looked untroubled against the new ball, and it took the introduction of the skipper himself in the 12th over to create the first chance, only for Bean to be dropped at point having made seven. The young opener who had made 213 mid-week for Yorkshire U17s took advantage of the left off striking three successive four in the following over to take the score past 50. Duncan Snell made his YLN best 145 when the sides met for the first time back May but there was to be repeat as he was caught behind for 38 off Wilkie with the score on 81 just after the first drinks interval. The visitors’ momentum slowed with the loss of two quick wickets, both the result of run outs. Bean, within two runs of a maiden first XI half-century, pushed the ball towards mid-wicket and set off but a failed to make his ground when bowler Navin Kavikara chased the ball down and threw down the stumps from side on. The second was the result of another sharp piece of fielding Nick James unable to beat Liam Carver’s direct hit after being called through for a tight single. Tom Spearman joined Booth at the fall of the third wicket and despite only contributing 2 to a partnership of 30 played a valuable part in preventing the fielding side getting on top. His departure, caught at mid-off, brought Ted Patmore to the crease and the young all-rounder carried on from the previous weeks unbeaten half-century making 25 in a stand of 55 to take the score onto 196 with seven overs to go. Guy Darwin and Jonathan Moxon played largely supporting roles in the closing overs as Booth looked to dominate, having showed an ability and willingness to play both traditional and move unconventional strokes throughout his innings the left-hander cut loose in the latter stages. A maiden century still looked someway off at the start of the 47th over but 32 runs from the last 11 balls faced including three sixes took him past a previous best of 99 against Acomb in 2016 to finish unbeaten on 102 boosting the total to 258-6.
The visitors got off to a blistering start taking 48 from the first seven overs but their progress was checked when skipper Woods brought himself on much earlier than usual and trapped Mark Jackson lbw for 22. It turned out to be a profitable afternoon for all three of the visitors’ spinners the off-spin of Ted Patmore accounting for Matthew Till (38 off 30 balls) caught by Finlay Bean on the deep square leg boundary, and Wilkie caught close in at cover by Tom Spearman in consecutive overs. Stuart Clark, drafted in from the second team, found scoring difficult and by he departed lbw to Woods having made just 4 from 49 balls the asking rate was well in excess of seven an over. Leg-spinner Spearman got in on the act bowling Sri Lankan Kavikara for 39 and had Nick Harrison caught lowdown by a diving Oliver Leedham at mid-off, but not he had hit seven four on his way to 36. It left the visitors with 10 overs to get the final four wickets and Woods chose the option of attacking fields in an attempt to do so. The move paid off when three overs later Patmore took a catch at second slip off his skipper to dismiss Liam Carver. Tim Hall chose to take the attack to the bowlers and his effort was rewarded when the total passed 232 assuring the hosts of four points if they batted out the final over. Woods picked up his fourth and the sides eighth of the first ball of the last over and capped a fine personal performance with that of Hall bowled off the final one for 45 to finish with 5-50, a record equalling eighth five wicket haul in the competition.
Woodhouse Grange Vs York – Rudgate Match Report
Woodhouse Grange got the better of York for the second Sunday in a row, defeat at Sandhill Lane by five wickets bringing to an end the club’s brief Rudgate Brewery Cup run at the quarter-final stage. The visitors struggled losing their last eight wickets cheaply and then were unable to contain the hosts missing both Charlie Elliot and Alex Rose through injury.
There was little sign of what was to come as openers Duncan Snell and Nick James got the innings off to an encouraging start with 38 from the first five overs. James looked in good touch and was unfortunate to pick out the fielder at square leg when a yard either side would have produced his fourth boundary, instead he was forced to depart for 14. That Josh Jackson wicket was the bowling sides’ sole success from the first 17 overs as Snell and new partner Oliver Batchelor advanced the score to 100, the former passing 50 for the 11th time in 2018. Batchelor, who began cautiously, made 25 including a six off James Finch but the very next ball the ‘Grange skipper had his revenge when the batsman ran past a spinning delivery and was stumped by Mike Burdett. Chris Booth fell to the same combination in the spinners’ next over, and having taken the initiative the fielding side never looked back. Snell was caught comfortably inside the long on boundary by Andrew Bilton off the experienced Steve Burdett with the score on 144-5 and a dozen overs remaining, and of the remaining batsmen only Tom Spearman reached double figures making 14 before being caught on the fence at deep mid-wicket. Burdett finished with 3-40 and Finch, who picked up the final wicket, 3-26 as York were bowled out at the start of the 37th over, leaving them to ponder how after such a promising start they would be defending a meagre total of 161 with the rate required only fractionally above four an over.
Guy Darwin lifted the mood amongst the travelling support with a wicket in his opening over, Andrew Bilton dragging a ball from outside off stump onto his wicket. Without the pressure of chasing a demanding target Chris Wood and Chris Bilton were able to ease themselves into the innings, and despite a relatively cautious approach they were still able to exceed the required rate. The bowling side fought their way back into the contest from around the 18th over, which was the first of four consecutive maidens from Oliver Leedham. At the opposite end Daniel Woods enticed a straight drive from Wood, who had reached 32, and Jonathan Moxon took the catch at mid-on. Two overs later Moxon was the bowler when Chris Booth fielding at slip took a catch above his head to dismiss Bilton for 30, and the same fielder was again in action as Leedham was rewarded for his outstanding control with the wicket of Simon Tennant for one. At 79-4 the home side looked to be on the ropes but Tom Young and Mike Burdett managed to avoid any further mishaps and saw off the remaining overs of both Leedham, who finished with figures of 8-4-14-1 and Moxon’s (8-1-21-1) spells. It was from that point on that York missed the experience of their absent seam duo and with runs available at the other end the batsmen were able to placate the danger of Woods remaining overs by adopting a defensive approach. With seven needed for victory Chris Burn picked up the consolation wicket of Mike Burdett trapped lbw for 23, but that still left Young at the crease and he was able to complete the victory with a couple of overs to spare, a seventh four leaving him unbeaten on 48.
York Vs Harrogate – Match Report
York suffered the disappointment of a final over loss to Harrogate at Clifton Park bringing to an end a five match winning run in the Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League North. That they came so close was largely down to a composed unbeaten half-century from debutant Ted Patmore, and his last wicket stand with skipper Daniel Woods which secured two points after a tepid batting performance threatened to leave the League leaders empty handed in a game they had initially dominated.
George Ross’ decision to bat first on backfired somewhat when Alex Rose clean bowled Alexis Twigg and Josh Atkinson with just six runs on the board. The Aussie looked at home in sweltering conditions and had further reason to celebrate when Ross himself was caught behind in the final over of a searching opening spell. The visitors lost three wickets either side of the drinks, Oliver Leedham picking up two and Daniel Woods the other as the visitors slumped from 77-3 to 86-6 in the space of four overs. Corrie Keable, with a previous best of 45, had scored 60 of the sides runs by that stage, and he continued to torment the hosts for a further ten overs before being dismissed six runs short of a century, Alex Rose returning for a second spell trapping the opener lbw to finish with season best figures of 4-30 from eight overs. Prior to the departure of Keable Woods picked up the wicket of Tom Geeson-Brown courtesy of a good catch taken low down at slip by Oliver Batchelor and the York captain picked up a further two in the closing overs ending up with 4-29 from 12. The disappointment from the fielding side’s perspective was that the final four wickets had more than double the total, but nevertheless a target of 177 looked to be comfortably attainable.
Duncan Snell’s departure following a drive into the hands of extra cover in the Tom Geeson-Brown’s opening over was followed four overs later by that of fellow opener Finlay Bean, who having just taken three boundaries of Ashley Griffin chased a wide ball from Geeson-Brown and was caught at slip. Ross brought himself on and had an immediate impact Oliver Batchelor dragging the ball in into the hands of Atkinson at mid-wicket to leave the hosts’ 52-3. Tom Brooks’ reaction to being given out lbw to Tom Geeson-Brown proved a costly one when the umpires awarded the fielding side five penalty runs under the MCC’s new on field code.* A stand of 36 between Chris Booth and Tom Spearman (12) got the innings back on track but when both fell to Ross in consecutive overs the game tilted in the visitors favour. Booth (22) was the second of the pair to go, bringing Ted Patmore to the wicket with 94 still needed. The score had moved to 126 when Guy Darwin became the first of three wickets for Will Bates and when those of Oliver Leedham and Alex Rose quickly followed, both lbw, it left Patmore and captain Daniel Woods needing a further 39 for an unlikely victory. Reaching 164 guaranteed at least two points and once that had been safely negotiated the pair set about the task of winning the game. With ten needed off the final over Patmore struck the first ball for four to move to 49 but only a single was possible off the next three. Woods looked for the boundary which would have levelled the scores and every one held their breath as the ball sailed towards deep midwicket but much to the relief of the fielding side, and the disappointment of the batsman it dropped into the hands of Harry Stothard. *A subsequent four match ban was imposed for the Level 1c offence
Hunters t20 Blast – YCC Vs WHG Match Report
For the second year in a row York were involved in a thrilling Hunters T20 Blast Final at North Marine but despite a courageous fight back by Tom Brooks and Chris Booth after the defending champions had looked down and out, it was Woodhouse Grange who collected the trophy winning by just five runs.
After watching his side stumble towards the end of a nervy chase against Harrogate in their semi-final, upon winning the toss ‘Grange skipper James Finch opted to bat first in the final. Openers Andrew Bilton and Tom Young made a positive start the latter making the most of the early fielding restrictions finding the boundary six times in the first seven overs. Young contributed 39 to an opening stand of 52which was broken when he ran down the wicket to Daniel Woods but was deceived in the flight presenting Tom Brooks with the first of two stumpings on a busy afternoon for the York ‘keeper. Tom Spearman was the hero of the closing overs on the same stage 12 months earlier, but the concession of four consecutive boundaries in the young leg-spinners only over meant Charlie Elliot who had not bowled in the semi-final, and was nursing an ankle injury, was called into action. Any discomfort seemed forgotten as he struck to remove Chris Bilton caught by Brooks off his opening delivery then four balls later had James Finch caught by Jonathan Moxon at mid off for nought. With the score at 74 for three Woods brought Oliver Batchelor on for his first bowl of the season, a move which proved inspired when the skipper held a firmly struck catch at point to dismiss Andrew Bilton for 43. Woods himself picked up the wickets of Richard Walton caught by Spearman and Simon Tennant, stumped by Brooks, the spinner finishing with three wickets just as he had done earlier against Acomb. Guy Darwin picked up the wicket of Sam Tennant who did well to reach the high wide ball he edged to Brooks, and despite not conceding a boundary from the final seven overs York needed to score the highest total of the day to lift the trophy, Woodhouse Grange finishing on 142-7.
The reply got off to a disastrous start when Charlie Elliot, top scorer in the semi-final was bowled behind his legs by spinner Josh Jackson in the opening over with just a single on the board. Things improved somewhat thanks largely to Duncan Snell who struck five fours and a six during the opening six over power-play. Oliver Batchelor contributed 13 to a second wicket stand worth 46 but was the first of three wickets to fall in the space of nine balls when bowled by Chris Suddaby. James Finch brought himself on to bowl and the impact was immediate, Snell, having got to 31, drove a low return catch back to the ‘Grange skipper and when two balls later Nick James was caught close in on the leg side by Andrew Bilton 47-1 had become 48-4 in the space of five minutes. With the rate required approaching eight runs an over there was little opportunity for Chris Booth, who had witnessed the departures of both Snell and James, and the newly arrived Tom Brooks to take stock. As the overs ticked by the pair refused to panic and some deft stroke play particularly from Brooks prevented the runs to balls ratio getting out of hand. The eventual outcome of the match hinged on the 18th over bowled by Simon Tennant, which began with York needing 24. Brooks dispatched the first ball to the west stand for six and then scored back to back twos and it appeared the trophy was destined to return to Clifton Park but it was not to be, attempting to find the boundary that would have almost certainly sealed the win he was stumped. The stand worth 81 from 70 balls and an innings for 46 from 33 balls drew warm applause but they provided little consolation as he trudged back to the pavilion. Thirteen were need from the final over and once Chris Booth had been caught at deep mid-wicket for 33 the experienced Steve Burdett held his nerve to deny Guy Darwin the possibility of finding the boundaries required.
York Vs YCA – Match Report
York’s victory over Yorkshire Academy at Clifton Park coupled with Sheriff Hutton’s defeat to Woodhouse Grange means the defending champions have a 13 point advantage at the top as the Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League North season reaches the half-way point. A 72 runs partnership between Jack Leaning and Charlie Elliot was the key to the hosts reaching 222-8 on a challenging wicket, but the visitors looked on course for victory until a late order collapse saw them fall 55 runs short.
Six weeks since his last appearance for York Jack Leaning could only look on as he lost opening partner Duncan Snell and Nick James in the space of six balls at the end of the fifth over, both batsmen miss timing shots against the short pitched ball. Snell was caught at square leg off Edward Barnes and he was the catcher at mid on when Matthew Taylor dismissed James with the total on 17. Leaning was joined by Finlay Bean and the pair did well to take the momentum away from the bowling side, a stand of 46 from 18 overs somewhat quelling the mood of the fielding side who had to contend with sweltering conditions. A change of tack from the visitors saw the introduction of spin and it brought about the desired effect when Bean, having played patiently for more than an hour for 15, drove a ball from Joshua Sullivan into the hands of Barnes at mid-off. Charlie Elliot adopted a positive approach from the outset and it almost proved his downfall but having been dropped at point on seven he proceeded to punish anything off line. He caught and passed Leaning in a partnership worth 72 from 15 overs, and was a boundary away from a half-century when trapped lbw attempting to sweep Sullivan. Debutant Harrison Quarmby picked up the wicket of Tom Spearman who was caught behind as York lost two wickets in the space of seven balls to leave them 142-5 going into the final 10 overs. Leaning went to his second half-century of 2018 for the home side with just his fourth four, but it was the time spent at the wicket that was the more important factor on a pitch that lacked pace and made fluency difficult. The score was boosted by a stand of 53 in seven overs with Tom Brooks, and it was only ended when Matthew Taylor returned in the closing overs and bowled Leaning for 68. Brooks made 40 off 33 balls before losing his middle stump attempting an audacious reverse lap off Edward Barnes, and Taylor picked up his third wicket of the afternoon when Jonathan Moxon was caught of the final ball of the innings with the total on 222.
The visitors’ innings followed a similar pattern to that of the home side opener James Wharton reprising Leaning’s anchor role as wickets fell at the other end. The first of two catches by ‘keeper Tom Brooks gave Jonathan Moxon the wicket of opener Matthew Revis, then Guy Darwin struck twice removing Bilal Anjum caught at slip by Leaning for 5 and the Academy’s leading run scorer Tom Loten caught low down at mid-wicket by Moxon for 12 with the total on 58. Only a single had been added when Alex Rose had Billy Whitford caught behind, but that brought skipper Benjamin Birkhead to the wicket and it was he and Warton who provided the greatest threat to the hosts four match unbeaten run. The pair took the attack to the bowlers scoring 82 off 78 balls to swing the match in their favour. Wharton had reached 50 and the target had been reduced to 82 off 16 overs with six wickets in hand when Moxon was re-introduced to the attack and trapped Birkhead lbw for a run a ball 46, the tall seamer took a good catch low down in his follow through to dismiss Edward Barnes but more crucially it was his throw to Leaning to run out Wharton for 66 with the total on 160 that effectively ended the visitors hopes. Daniel Woods picked up two wickets in the 42nd over before Darwin returned to pick up the last with Academy on 167 having lost their last five wickets for nine runs.
York Vs Scarborough – Match Report
York won for the fourth Saturday in a row but it took a record partnership between Tom Spearman and Tom Brooks to provide them with an escape route despite which Scarborough still looked to be on course for a first Clifton Park victory in over ten years until Daniel Woods intervened with five wickets late on to dash their hopes.
Duncan Snell and Finlay Bean, who had combined to great effect at Driffield the previous week, opened and made a cautious start against some accurate bowling. The total had reached 29 when Bean, having been given a life when dropped at slip the previous over, was bowled by Anderson for six. The same bowler trapped Snell lbw for 28 gaining revenge for the back to back boundaries he had conceded of the previous two balls. Anderson’s new ball partner Kristian Wilkinson got in on the act with the wicket of Guy Darwin who was lbw without scoring, and when Anderson’s replacement Jack Holt struck in his first over to remove Nick James also lbw the home side found themselves 59-4. Matthew Bell made a patient 13 before being caught behind giving Holt a second wicket and when Charlie Elliot caught close in on the offside with the total on 70 the hosts looked to be in trouble. The two Tom’s came together with 26 overs remaining which offered a rare opportunity for both to construct a substantial innings, something a usually dominant top order tends to prevent. Both are keen stroke makers and despite the delicate match position neither shied away when opportunities presented themselves, indeed four of Spearman’s first seven scoring shots all crossed the boundary. Brooks was slightly more circumspect in his approach, however by the 38th over the pair had put on 50 and the visitors fielding was beginning to look laboured. Brooks with a succession of boundaries caught and passed his partner reaching 50 off 63 balls, but his obvious enjoyment was cut short when Anderson returned to trap him lbw for 58 however by then the pair had added 107 breaking the previous Yorkshire League North record of 94 set by Yorkshire Academy’s Jordan Thompson and Jared Warner against Dunnington in 2016. Spearman needed 66 balls to reach his maiden half-century for the first team and got there with his sixth four, and was able to add a seventh before cutting a ball from Jack Holt straight to point. Alex Rose and Oliver Leedham both found the rope in the closing stages as York closed on 211-8, a considerable improvement on their position at the half way stage.
Alex Rose dismissed James Pick caught behind in the opening over, then Guy Darwin picked up the key wickets of Darren Harland for 14 and Neil Elvidge for 11. Sandwiched between Darwin’s efforts a brilliant work from ‘keeper Tom Brooks saw Sam Drury stumped off a leg side wide from seamer Charlie Elliot. The fall of the fourth wicket with the score on 45 brought together Oliver Stephenson and Jonathan Read and for a time York had no answer to the pair who added 70 from 18 overs. Stephenson looked the more dangerous a half-century containing eight fours showing his willingness to take on the bowling, so it was somewhat fortuitous that he was caught of a defensive prod at a ball from Daniel woods that carried to Nick James at slip. Read was joined at the crease by Theo Smith and with five wickets in hand the visitors needed 64 from the final 12 overs, crucially for the hosts half of those could be bowled by Woods. So often in the past the York captain has shown he is a master in such circumstances and that again proved to be the case. A wicket in each of four consecutive overs nullified the threat from the visitors his victims including both Smith lbw sweeping for 23 and Read caught at the second grab by Nick James at slip. A wicket in his penultimate over left the visitors with little option but to bat out the final four to ensure they collected four points, whilst denying York the full ten.
YORK CRICKET CLUB U.13 JUNIORS: YORKSHIRE COUNTY CHAMPIONS 2018
York U.13’s were ‘ crowned ‘ County Champions on Sunday following an outstanding victory by 11 runs in the County Final against Bradford & Bingley played at Hopton Millls Cricket Club, West Yorkshire.
York had progressed to the Final through the District Round, followed by wins against Studley Royal, Ackworth and a Semi Final against Hull Zingari.
Batting first they were rewarded with an outstanding opening partnership for the first wicket between Captain Alex Wood and ‘ keeper Batsman Billy Armitstead – both retiring under the Age Group rules with 30 and 33 respectively.
The momentum was continued by Danny Pye (12), Darsh Johar (16no) together with late order contributions from Freddy Iles, George Burton and Noah Watson to finish with a challenging 122 for 5.
Their Opponents opened carefully, a ‘maiden’ for York from Hugo Nixon and then an early wicket in the second over for Captain Wood gave the York Team encouragement. Thereafter, following a few overs rebuilding wickets began to fall regularly as the Opposition reached their 10 over half break at 55 for 4 – building up for a strong finish.
York,however, maintained their composure despite some bowling challenges as the chase began. Some excellent fielding and catching in particular Jamie Talago, Miles Phillips and Ben Cressey restricted the boundaries.
The ‘ run-rate’ required began to climb and the pressure told on the Batsmen with 2 wickets each for Darsh Johar, Noah Watson and Danny Pye – who completed his 4 over spell bowling a ‘ maiden ‘ 18th over to pile the pressure on the Batsmen.
That left the Opposition requiring 27 off the last 2 overs – 9 runs and a wicket in the 19th
left Hugo Nixon to bowl out under pressure, conceding only 6 runs, bowling their last recognised batsman to ‘ close out ‘ the Match in superb style and give the York CC Team an 11 run victory and the County Title.
The Yorkshire Competition began with over 180 Clubs in the County – the largest of any age group in the Country and York now travel to play the Durham County Winners this Sunday as the look to emulate the 2016 U .13 Team by making their way to the the ECB North of England Finals and hoping to become North of England Champions again.
The Club’s U.13 Lead Coach Mark Burn congratulated the Squad for a superb effort and wonderful contributions from everyone to secure the County Title, whilst looking forward to the challenge of the ECB National Knockout stages.
York CC Vs Richmondshire CC – NKO Match Report
York lost out in the regional final of the Royal London ECB Club Championship despite a spirited fight back lead by captain Daniel Woods. The match against visiting North Yorkshire & South Durham League side Richmondshire went down to the penultimate over but ultimately the home side paid the price for a failure to post a big enough target having chosen to bat first.
The absence of Finlay Bean from the line-up meant Tom Spearman, who had made a half-century against Scarborough in the previous days league match played on the same wicket, moved up the order to open with Duncan Snell, but the young left-hander was unable to repeat that performance facing just three balls before driving the ball into the hands of the cover fielder. The host’s failed to find the boundary in the opening eight over power play by the end of which the score was just 17. Nick James eventually found the rope and quickly followed it up with another before cutting a ball from Duncan Marshall, playing for the first time having being injured in a pre-season friendly, to point having made 19 off 39 balls the total having reached 47 at the start of the 15th over. Duncan Snell looked on course to reach 50 for the eleventh time this season but fell four short when he was run out by a combination of Gary Pratt and ‘keeper Tom Dowson. The opener played the ball to backward point but miscommunication with Matthew Bell left him unable to re-make his ground and he was forced to depart with the total on 93-3 part way through the 24th of the sides 40 overs. The innings third partnership to reach 40 came between Bell and Charlie Elliot but just as earlier boundaries proved hard to come by Elliot with a four and a six the only time the bowlers came under real pressure. Bell made 40 off 70 and his departure, caught at long-on with six overs to go, sparked something of a collapse as the home side lost four wickets in as many overs. Matthew McKiernan was the main beneficiary of some cavalier stroke play finishing with 3-41, including the wicket of Elliot caught at cover for 24. Only 65 runs came from the final 10 overs despite beginning the period only three wickets down and a final total of 181-7 left the home side needing to bowl and field well to have any chance.
Rob Carr rode his luck early on slicing two fours just out of the reach of Daniel Woods at slip and failed to control a pull shot which just evaded fine leg, the opener continued to play his shots contributing 39 to an stand of 79 from the first 15 overs. It was just prior to that point that the York skipper brought himself on to bowl and wickets in consecutive overs breathed new life into the contest. Opposite number Gary Pratt had been content to work the ball around for his 23 but for some reason chose to charge at the spinner only to be out foxed giving Tom Brooks the opportunity of a stumping. Carr’s indecision on 41 left him stuck on the crease and resulted in a successful lbw appeal, Woods sending back both openers in the space of four balls. Mike Layfield and Matthew McKiernan regained the initiative for the visitors with a partnership of 51 in 12 overs reducing the target to 43 from the final ten. Layfield struck back-to-back sixes of George Keeley who prior to that point had bowled with good control conceding just 19 from his opening six overs but the batsmen then drove at a wide ball from Oliver Leedham and was caught by a diving Brooks behind the wicket for 44. Despite the setback the visitors still looked on course to complete a straight forward victory but panic set in. Jonathan Moxon had McKiernan caught by Elliot at fine leg for 14, and Woods picked up a third wicket to finish with 3-23. Fortunately for his side Matthew Cowling made 22 off 21 to take the total to within a boundary of the target before edging Guy Darwin to Nick James at slip. With the scores level Tom Dowson chipped Charlie Elliot to Tom Spearman at cover, before Dale Marshall’s outside edge squirted away to the rope from the final ball of the 39th over to seal the home sides’ fate.
Sheriff Hutton Bridge Vs York – Match Report
York seized the initiative in the Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League North title race thanks to a fine all-round performance from Jonathan Tattersall who graced the latest meeting of the competitions top two with an unbeaten 91 and then took a key wicket at a stage when the game appeared to be drifting away from the reigning champions. The previous contest between the title hopefuls which took place less than a fortnight earlier had been a one sided affair went the way of Sheriff Hutton Bridge. This time the match, which featured four players from the Yorkshire 1st XI squad was more befitting of both clubs current standing, and a sizable Moor Farm crowd was treated to a captivating contest played out in glorious sunshine.
‘Bridge skipper Adam Fisher was quick to insert the visitors on a green tinged wicket which held the promise of assistance for his opening bowlers, but as it turned out played true throughout. Matthew Fisher, the youngest of the three brothers in the hosts’ line up extracted some early bounce but neither he nor his elder brother Mark was able to make a breakthrough. Duncan Snell and Jack Leaning weathered the early barrage and put on 43 for the opening wicket before the latter, having made 11, edged Russell Robinson to slip. Partnerships between Snell and Jonathan Tattersall had proved lucrative for the visitors on a number of previous occasions and once again the pair combined to great effect to produce their fourth century stand of the season either side of the drinks break taking the total on to 169. Their powers of concentration were tested not only by the opposition bowlers but the potential distraction just outside the ground following a serious road accident which involved the attendance of all three emergency services. Tattersall was one run short of his half-century when Snell on 91 at the time miscued a shot against spinner Ben Harrison and the ball went straight up in the air and was easily taken by ‘keeper Ben Gill. Spinners Karl Carver and Dulash Udayanga dominated the first match but both proved ineffective this time out the former finishing with 1-62 courtesy of Oliver Batchelor’s misjudged reverse sweep and Udayanga was hit out of the attack after just two overs. Finlay Bean made an enterprising 19 before being caught at cover off Harrison (2-50) as York went in search of quick runs. The innings received a huge boost late on thanks to Charlie Elliot who struck six boundaries, three of which cleared rope, his 41 off just 26 balls contributing to a partnership off 66 from the final eight overs. Tattersall remained unbeaten on 91 as the visitors closed on 275-5.
Despite facing such a daunting target the host’s began strongly with Mark Fisher’s the only wicket to fall in the first 35 overs. The opener had struggled to score earlier on against both Charlie Elliot and Guy Darwin and the latter benefitted when the batsmen finally lost patience and edged a huge drive to ‘keeper Tom Brooks. What would have been a record chase looked to be on during a second wicket partnership worth 113 between skipper Adam Fisher and overseas signing Udayanga, the batting side looked to be well on top and 117 from the last 15 looked attainable when ‘Bridges’ Sri Lankan import picked out Duncan Snell just inside the long on boundary and was forced to depart for 56. That was the first of four wickets in eight overs for Jonathan Tattersall, and once fellow spinner, and York skipper, Daniel Woods trapped his opposite number lbw for 84 the innings quickly subsided. Tattersall finished with 4-47 from 11 overs and Woods 2-60 off 13 and by the close the home side were content to see out the final over to deny the visitors maximum points and ensure they picked up a couple themselves to leave York a slender two point advantage.
Stamford Bridge Vs York – NKO Match Report
A breathtaking spell of seam bowling by Charlie Elliot allowed York to dominate the tie at Low Catton Road against Stamford Bridge, and set up a group final against Richmondshire for a place in the National stages of the Royal London sponsored ECB National Club Championship.
When the Premier League rivals were paired together it offered the prospect of a close fought encounter but the home side named a much weakened side and the result was a one-sided affair. That should not detract from Elliot’s return of five wickets for two runs from eight overs however, as four of his five victims and almost all of his spell came with regular first team players at the crease.
The match was played on a wicket that had spent almost 48 hours under the cover, with the previous days play at Stamford Bridge, been washed out, and as a result offered plenty of assistance to seam bowling. That was coupled with heavy cloud cover and made Daniel Woods decision on winning the toss an easy one. Ryan Gibson showed a glimpse of his destructive potential at the top of the order taking eight from Guy Darwin’s second over but the success was short-lived as he played defensively to Elliot and the ball cannoned off his bat onto the wicket. Chris Grey was caught by ‘keeper Tom Brooks standing up to the stumps off the final ball of the same over leaving the hosts 14-2. A partnership between opener Matt Beckett and Ryan McKemdry doubled the sides total before Duncan Snell induced an edge from the former York all-rounder McKendry and Daniel Woods took a diving catch at slip. That was the first of four wickets to fall in the space of 15 balls, the next three all went to Elliot who completed a hat-trick all be it spread across two overs. The experienced Beckett was caught for 11 by Brooks, and then Luke Robinson and Andrew Healy went to consecutive deliveries at the start of Elliot’s final over, the former was bowled and the latter the a victim of a catch taken by Nick James who came sliding in from mid-on. The home side had been reduced to 33-6 inside 15 overs with Elliot having conceded nothing off the bat, and just a couple of wides in his spell. Martyn Woodliffe and Roddy Vann stemmed the flow of wickets for a time putting on 24 runs from the next nine overs, but both eventually fell as Daniel Woods took wickets in consecutive overs. Vann pushed forward and was trapped lbw; Woodliffe would finish as the top scorer making 26 before being caught by Elliot at cover to leave the hosts 68-8. Tom Spearman took the ninth wicket to fall when Adam Harrison was lbw then a period of occupation by Liam Easton and Des Healey prolonged the innings into the 40th over. Des Healey was last out caught at Nick James from the bowling of George Keeley for 15, the total having reached 92.
By Finlay Bean and Nick James made their way to the wicket to open the York innings conditions had improved beyond recognition and offered the opportunity of time in the middle for those in the line-up who had not had much opportunity to bat thus far. Bean missed out when he was caught at slip off Ryan Gibson for nought. James made 24 including five boundaries before he was bowled in Matt Beckett’s opening over but the score had already reached 52. The ‘Bridge spinner also picked up a wicket in the final over of an eight over spell when Matthew Bell was caught by Ryan McKendry at mid-on, but by that stage just a handful of runs were required for victory. Charlie Elliot joined Chris Booth at the crease for the final few overs and although it was Booth who struck the winning boundary to finish unbeaten on 44 it was Elliot who took the applause as the pair left the field having secured their sides first victory at Low Catton Road having lost on both their previous two visits in the League.
York Vs Clifton Alliance – Match Report
Duncan Snell’s best performance with the ball for more than four years set up York’s victory over Clifton Alliance in a game that for much of the afternoon looked unlikely to take place. Following the disappointment of Monday’s defeat against title rivals Sheriff Hutton Bridge Daniel Woods’ side were keen to return to winning ways in what was their fourth home game in a row. Heavy rain in the morning had subsided and play was set to begin at one o’clock but just prior to the players taking the field light drizzle began to fall and it persisted for much of the next three hours. Play finally got underway at four p.m. with the contest reduced to 30 overs a side.
York having chosen to bowl when the toss took place at 12.30 had to contend with a wet ball and damp outfield but this did not prevent Guy Darwin creating the first breakthrough, visiting captain Scott Hopkinson edging his second ball to Jack Leaning who took a good catch low down at slip. Australian Alex Rose thought he had done enough to earn the wicket of fellow countryman Liam Hope-Shackley when he miscued a hook shot out to deep square leg, having not yet got off the mark, but the chance went down and it proved to be a costly error, the visitors overseas signing raced to a half-century off just 33 balls, including nine fours. By Daniel Woods brought himself on to bowl in the 12th over the total had already reached 79, but as so often has been the case the change resulted in a wicket. Opener David Taylor had reached 28 before he was adjudged lbw playing round his pad to a delivery from the York captain. Undeterred by the loss of his partner Hope-Shackley continued to prosper and had moved on to 84 from only 57 balls adding three sixes to his boundary count before he was finally dismissed. Left arm seamer Snell had sent down just two overs in the previous 17 league matches and had yet to bowl in 2018 but his impact when brought on at the Shipton Road end was immediate. The faintest edge off his first delivery saw the departure of a stunned Hope-Shackley, wicket-keeper Tom Brooks returning from three weeks out with a finger injury, making no mistake. Further joy for York followed when five balls later Hamid Khan chipped a straight-forward catch to Guy Darwin at mid-on. Greg Drewery dragged a ball on to his off stump to give Snell a third wicket in his next over as the visitors went from 127-2 to 141-5 with two new batsmen at the crease and eight overs remaining. Former Loughborough MCCU all-rounder Sam Grant, who has also represented and number of counties at Second XI level, smashed a quick fire 41 off 25 balls to give the total a much need boost. Two further wickets in the penultimate over of the innings, Grant was bowled and John Gilham skied a looping catch to Ollie Batchelor at point, meant Snell finished with 5-40 from five overs, his best return since taking 6-32 against Yorkshire Academy in 2013. Woods took an outstanding return catch low down in the closing over to end with 2-35, the visitors reaching 198-8 to set York what looked to be a formidable chase.
For the fourth match in a row Jack Leaning opened the innings with Snell and the partnership once again flourished. The duo had already produced stands of 70 and 124 against Stamford Bridge and Acomb respectively, but what they combined to produce in this most local of derbies surpassed both of those previous efforts. Leaning survived an early scare when a difficult chance to slip was parried rather than caught, but that apart both batsmen coped exceptionally with the pressures of both ensuring the scoring rate remained under control and the gradually worsening batting conditions as the light began to fade on an already dull day. Both batsmen reached half-centuries off 55 balls, for Snell it was the seventh time in eight innings he had passed that particular point this season. The home side were well ahead of the rate, to the extent the visitors would have needed to have taken nine wickets to have been in front on the DLS method, when the umpires decided it was simply too dark to continue and called a halt to the match five overs early with the score on 177.
York CC Vs SHB – Match Report
High-flying York were brought down to earth by Sheriff Hutton Bridge who not only ended their perfect start to the season but also replaced them at the top of Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League North. The top of the table clash at Clifton Park went the way of the visitors who stunned the reigning champions bowling them out for 101, the hosts only narrowly avoiding the lowest total in their competition history.
There was little sign of things to come when, having chosen to bat, openers Duncan Snell and Jack Leaning made a positive start against the new ball, and it was something of a surprise when Snell in excellent form since the start of the campaign was trapped lbw by Freddie Collins having made 20 in a total of 29 from the first seven overs. It was the introduction of spin shortly after that turned the game on its head. Karl Carver had Jack Leaning caught at the wicket by Ben Gill when the batsman aimed a cut shot at the first ball delivered by his county teammate. Oliver Batchelor, a centurion two days previous on the same wicket against Acomb, made 15 before he was bowled by the Yorkshire spinner who also picked up the wickets of Finlay Bean, who having made 17, stepped down the wicket and got stumped and Nick James, who chipped a simple catch to Oliver Grayson at mid-wicket. The left-arm spinner had figures of 4-7 from nine overs at that stage and the home side were in trouble at 76-5. At the other end ‘Bridge’s overseas signing Dulash Udayang was proving equally difficult to score off, the Sri Lankan spinner rewarded for some accurate bowling with the wickets of Chris Booth, who provided ‘keeper Ben Gill with his second catch of the afternoon, and Charlie Elliot who was bowled with the score on 87. At that stage York looked in danger of being bowled out for less than the 100, their previous lowest total in the competition made against Yorkshhire Academy at Weetwood in 2017 and their plight was not improved when Alex Rose failed to remake his ground and was run out at the non-strikers end. That was followed quickly by the wicket of Oliver Leedham who was caught behind of Russell Robinson. Only some spirited resistance from Tom Spearman towards the end of the innings spared the home team’s blushes his 17 making sure the total reached three figures, but only just. He was last out bowled by Ben Harrison but the two runs taken of the same bowler’s previous delivery had taken the total to 101. Whilst conditions had certainly offered considerable assistance to the visitors spinners York were left to reflect on some indifferent shots which had at least in part contributed to the position they found themselves in at tea.
The only way back if the home side were to take anything from the game was to take early wickets, and with that in mind Daniel Woods opted to share the new ball with Oliver Leedham. A tight half dozen opening overs produced the breakthrough when opposing skipper Adam Fisher cut a ball from Woods into the hands of Finlay Bean at gully with the score on 12. The fielding side were given further cause for optimism when Mark Fisher, the younger of the two brothers edged Woods to Chris Booth at slip the visitors reaching 27-2 in the 14th over. The hosts’ skipper had figures of 2-5 from seven overs at that stage but from that point onwards Dulash Udayanga and Robert Pinder proceeded to take the game away. The pair decided that the situation and the conditions were best suited to a more positive approach and the respect that had been afford Woods and Leedham was not shown to the bowlers who followed as they bludgeoned 77 from the next nine overs to secure the victory. Pinder scored 35 from 27 balls including six fours and a six, whilst his partner finished on 45 from 38 with an identical boundary count. It brought a rapid conclusion to a match which had failed to live up to its billing as a close battle between the competitions leading two. Sheriff Hutton Bridge left with their unbeaten record intact, but for York the opportunity for redress is not too far away as the pair meet again in a couple of weeks time at Moor Farm.
York CC Vs Acomb CC – Match Report
Oliver Batchelor’s maiden, Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League North, century and Duncan Snell’s third in five matches paved the way for York’s fifth consecutive victory and increased their lead at the top of the league table to six points, ahead of Monday’s showdown with second placed Sheriff Hutton Bridge. The match at a sun drenched Clifton Park always looked to be going the way of the home side, but some stubborn resistance from Acomb’s batsmen late on looked as though they might deny York outright victory, and even secure a share of the points
The match followed a similar pattern to the previous week against Stamford Bridge when having again chosen to bat first the opening pair of Duncan Snell and Jack Leaning produced a solid start. The visitors new ball pair of Tom Neal, standing in as skipper in the absence of Joe Dale, and Gavin Paton conceded 45 from the first nine overs, and the replacement pairing which included overseas signing Darcy O’Connor fared little better. Snell struck two fours and a six of the Australian’s sixth over bringing up a half-century in the process, and his second maximum this time off Oliver Collins took the total to 104 in the 22nd over. The following over saw the introduction of Mark Bell and the leg-spinner claimed the first wicket when Leaning was caught off a leading edge by Matthew Dale at short mid-off having made 34. The absence of Jonathan Tattersall, due to a call up to Yorkshire one-day squad, meant Oliver Batchelor, a former age-group cricketer with Surrey but currently at university in Leeds, reverted to number three in the line up. He and Snell had shared a century partnership against Sessay earlier in the month and it did not take long for them to take control eventually taking the score on to 215, adding 111 from 103 balls. A straight driven four off the 100th ball faced by Snell saw him reach three figures, and when Batchelor brought up his fifty (off 49 balls) and the team’s 200 with 13 overs still remaining the home side were well on top. Snell was eventually undone by Collins courtesy of a well taken catch on the run at long-on by Tom Neal, but not before the opener had despatched the spinner for a four and a six off the two previous balls to move his score on to 120. Visiting skipper, Neal, returned to the attack in the closing overs and picked up the wickets of Finlay Bean (13) and Nick James (2) both of whom perished in the push for quick runs. The final period of play was dominated by Batchelor who needed only 33 balls to move from 50 to 100 his first century for the club including an impressive tally of 10 fours and 5 sixes, by the close he had moved to 121 and the total to an imposing 298-4.
Charlie Elliot, York’s leading wicket-taker in the competition against Acomb, ended an opening stand worth 44 when Stuart Boyle edged the ball into the wicket-keepers gloves. Batchelor, deputising behind the stumps for the still injured Tom Brooks, was also involved in the next three wickets to fall. Seamer Alex Rose had opener Oliver Collins caught behind having contributed 41 out of the a total of 79-2, and Matthew Dale fell in similar fashion but to the spin of Jack Leaning who picked up wickets in consecutive overs, Batchelor’s stumping of Jonny Rawsthorne reducing the visitors to 94-4. Darcy O’Connor dug in and looked comfortable but at the other end wickets continued to fall as the visitors struggled to cope against a spinning ball. Daniel Woods picked up two wickets either side of one from young leg-spinner Tom Spearman as Acomb struggled to 156-7. The key wicket of O’Connor went to the York captain, the Australian’s innings of 41 spread across 21 overs ended when he picked out Finlay Bean at cover, Woods eventually finishing with figures of 3-41. Spearman picked up his second, and the sides ninth with the score on 183 and a eight overs remaining. The visitors’ last wicket pair of Joe Schofield and Mark Bell needed to reach 224 to take two points, Schofield was almost entirely responsible for the scoring at first with Bell’s first 18 balls yielding a single. The duo looked increasingly at ease against spin so Woods turned to Rose to bowl the 49th overs and after scoring six runs off the opening two balls to move to 30 and take the total to 216 Schofield picked out Oliver Leedham at mid-wicket bringing an end to an absorbing passage of play.
York Vs Stamford Bridge – Match Report
York produced their most impressive performance to date as they took on last year’s runners-up and likely title rivals, Stamford Bridge, at Clifton Park. Jonathan Tattersall’s maiden Yorkshire League North century and an unplayable spell from opening bowler Oliver Leedham set up the home side’s fourth consecutive win taking them to the top of the table.
After a week of good weather the straw coloured wicket and sun baked outfield offered prefect batting conditions and meant Duncan Snell, standing in at the toss, for skipper Daniel Woods, had no hesitation in batting first. Jack Leaning, making his first appearance for the club in 2018, opened the innings but it was Snell who played more fluently in a partnership worth 70 for the first wicket. Leaning was first to go for 26, losing his wicket shortly after the first drinks break at 17 overs, ‘Bridge keeper Josh Cooper taking a good catch low down off the bowling of Ollie Bocking. The score had moved on to 113 when the hosts lost two wickets in quick succession. Snell dispatched Ryan McKendry for two boundaries in his opening over but the former York spinner gained revenge bowling his former team-mate for 63. Oliver Batchelor was trapped lbw first ball by Ryan Gibson at the start of the next over and for the first time the visitors looked to be gaining the advantage. Jonathan Tattersall and Finlay Bean were forced to consolidate but still were able to add 31 without alarm over the next ten overs. Gibson picked up a second wicket with the total on 145 when Bean (18) chipped a catch to Matt Beckett at mid-on. The fall of the fourth wicket brought Nick James to the crease and he provided the perfect foil for Tattersall, the pair combining to dominate the final 12 overs. James’ contribution of 29 off 25 to a stand worth 105 could not be under-estimated for it was his ability to return the strike to his inform partner that ensured the scoreboard kept moving. Tattersall took 70 balls to complete a half-century but then having been given a life, when Matt Beckett missed a simple catching opportunity losing the flight of the ball in the sun, he let loose with an array of shots all round the wicket. The diminutive right-hander took just 26 balls to complete his second 50 including six fours and a six, although caught in the deep off the final ball of the innings for a score of 101 he had nevertheless ensured York were able to post a total of 250.
Adam Sutcliffe was comprehensively bowled by Guy Darwin off the first ball of Stamford Bridge’s innings but it was Darwin’s new ball partner that caused the real havoc. Ryan Gibson despatched a couple of loose deliveries at the beginning of Oliver Leedham’s opening over to the boundary before the lithe left arm seamer produced a dramatic burst taking three wickets in seven balls to tilt the contest emphatically the way of the home side. Gibson went to an athletic catch by ‘keeper Ollie Batchelor diving across in front of slip but both Chris Grey and Max Maciver failed to lay bat on the deliveries which bowled them. Ryan McKendry and overseas signing Pradeeptha Gunaratne led a partial fight back but from 17-4 the odds were always against them. The pair added 48, and after Daniel Woods had the Australian caught by James in the covers for 30 Dominic Rhodes took up the mantle. The total had moved on to 101 before he was trapped lbw by Alex Rose, and from there on in the contest was all but over. McKendry’s return to Clifton Park ended in disappointments when bowled by Tattersall one short of a half-century, the first of the final three wickets to fall with the total on 133. Tattersall finished with 2 for 9 and Woods 3 for 32 but the bowling honours went to Leedham (3-32) whose opening burst knocked the fight out of the visitors’ normally dominant top order.
York Vs Stockton CC – National Knockout
Duncan Snell’s second century of the weekend assured York a place in the third round of the Royal London Club Championship as they swept aside the challenge of Stockton by 118 runs. The former North East Premier League champions brought an under-strength side to Clifton Park and, just as on their only previous visit in 2015, paid the price as the home side continued their unbeaten start to the season.
Jonathan Tattersall was unable to repeat the match-winning performance of the previous day against Harrogate losing his wicket in the fourth over of the day, Christopher Hooker taking a return catch as the ball skewed into the air of the toe of the openers bat. The visitors were unable to build on the early breakthrough, Duncan Snell and Nick James building a solid partnership adding 85 for the second wicket during the next 14 overs. James, having made 41 from 43 balls, looked on course to reach what would have been his first half-century since joining the club when he picked out Matthew Gill just in from the boundary at square leg. The departure of James, just shy of the innings half-way point, brought Finlay Bean to the crease with the total on 103. Snell, in the midst of an outstanding run of form had already reached 50 by that stage and with Finlay Bean for company went to his third consecutive century with the second of back to back boundaries in the 32 over. The free-scoring opener’s latest three figure score coming off 97 balls, with four sixes and eight fours. For the first time this season the match situation afforded Bean the opportunity to build an innings, and the youngster took full advantage contributing 37 to a stand worth 96 before he was bowled by Joel Thwaites with the score on 199 at the start of the 34th over. Chris Booth was caught at the wicket by Gary Burgum without addition to total in the same over, but from there on in it was all York. Matthew Bell scored 36 from just 20 balls, and Snell added 31 from 13 in the same period, the pairs running between the wickets to exploit a weary fielding outside being a key feature of the closing overs. The latter’s contribution to a final total of 277 from 44 overs was 149 made from 118 deliveries which seven sixes and 11 fours.
The visitors lost three of their top four inside the first six overs with Oliver Leedham and Charlie Elliot both having the satisfaction of seeing the batsmen’s stumps knocked over. Leedham bowled his allocation of eight over straight through from the start finishing with two for 34, and Elliot’s opening spell of five overs whilst containing only the one wicket cost just 17 runs and ensured Stockton could not take advantage of the favourable fielding restrictions. Seam was replaced by spin and Tom Spearman took a catch off his own bowling with the total on 52 during the oppositions best spell with the bat, that the only wicket in a period of 19 overs in which 93 runs were added the vast majority coming from Joe Hewison who passed 50 just after the mid innings drinks break. Despite the period of relative comfort at the crease for Stockton they never looked in a position to threaten York’s total and the introduction of the twin threat of Jonathan Tattersall and Daniel Woods brought an entirely different slant to proceedings. Hassan Raza, one of only two batsmen to reach double figures, was caught at point in Tattersall’s opening over and the leg-spinner picked up a second wicket in his next. That brace came either side a wicket for Woods as 116-4 became 130-7 in the space of 14 balls, both spinners picked up a further wicket and a much improved fielding display compared to their last outing at home saw every catching opportunity taken the pick being Finlay Bean’s airborne effort at mid-on, one of three catches for the youngster who enjoyed arguably his best performance in first team colours. With the bowling side now in control the only question that remained was whether Joe Hewison who had come to the crease at the fall of the second wicket could become the day’s second centurion. Last man Joel Thwaites kept out 25 deliveries spread throughout seven over to give his partner the opportunity to reach three figures but on 99 Hewison pushed at a ball from George Keeley and was caught at slip. The final dismissal meant each of the six bowlers called upon by skipper Woods had taken a wicket, Tattersall being the pick with 3-23 from his seven overs.
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.
York CC Vs Sessay CC – Match Report
York maintained a 100% start to the season beating newly promoted Sessay by 84 runs. Duncan Snell and Daniel Woods both produced Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League North personal bests as the reigning champions made it two wins from two.
The season may still be in its infancy but already openers Duncan Snell and Jonathan Tattersall appear to have developed an understanding, and the running between the wickets so much a feature of their partnership in the season opener was once again in evidence at Clifton Park after the home side had been put in to bat. Both batsmen took advantage of some undisciplined bowling, Snell particularly quick to seize on anything wayward with seven of his first dozen scoring strokes crossing the rope, the left-hander passing 50 for the 25th time in only 45 innings and in the same over, bowled Navin Kavikara, back to back boundaries saw the pair complete their second century stand in as many matches. The total had moved on to 124 when Tattersall was trapped lbw by the Sri Lankan spinner for 43. That success for the fielding side came in the 24th over and a further 15 passed before they had further cause for celebration. By that stage Snell, having gone to his century off 106 balls, had begun to cut loose striking seven sixes on his way to a score of 145. With the fielding side seemingly wilting in glorious May sunshine and runs there for the taking Snell chanced his arm advancing down the wicket to Stephen Langstaff only to lose his wicket to a stumping by Nick Harrison, but another 106 runs had been added to the total since the fall of the first wicket and Oliver Batchelor remained not out on 35. The dominant position created by the top three allowed those who followed a greater freedom to play strokes, but in several cases this proved their downfall as a further six wickets fell in the closing ten overs albeit for the addition of another 72 runs. Batchelor holed out to long on for 41 giving Langstaff a second wicket, and he was the major beneficiary of York’s somewhat cavalier approach eventually finishing with figures of 4-75 from 11 overs. Tom Brooks (15) and Charlie Elliot (18no) ensured the hosts passed 300, for the fifth time in the competitions history, eventually closing on 302-8.
Visiting skipper Mark Wilkie and opening partner Matthew Till got the reply off to a promising start with a stand worth 75, although a more composed display in the field would have ended it much sooner. Till was the beneficiary on three occasions when balls that would routinely have been caught ended up on the ground. The last of those chances immediately preceded his departure trapped lbw for 31 playing half-forward, and when ‘keeper Tom Brooks standing up the stumps took a sharp catch Charlie Elliot had taken wickets in consecutive overs. Skipper Dan Woods picked up to wickets in four balls at the start of his spell and then added the key wicket of opposite number Wilkie for 61, caught low down by Snell at mid on. It looked as though a routine victory would follow with the visitors having slumped to 113-5, but resistance came in the shape of Jacob Spencer (22), Tim Hall (34) and Navin Kavikara (42). The trio held York’s bowlers at bay for just short of 15 overs, a period throughout which Spencer’s was the only wicket to fall, Woods collecting his fourth of the innings courtesy of an lbw decision. With a maximum of nine overs remaining and four wickets still required Hall pushed at a ball from Woods and Brooks took his second catch of the afternoon. Wickets in each of his next two overs provided the York captain with his competition best figures of 7-45, but it was fellow spinner Jonathan Tattersall who picked up the final wicket as Sessay were bowled out for 218 in the 47th over.
YCA Vs York CC – Match Report
York began the defence of their Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League North crown with victory over Yorkshire Academy at Weetwood. The postponement of the previous weekend’s fixtures due to the lack of preparation afforded clubs by a prolonged spell of wet weather meant the champions started the campaign at the home of one of their biggest rivals, but whereas recent matches between the sides have almost always been closely contested this latest encounter proved to be something of a one sided affair the visitors securing a comfortable victory.
The start of the match was delayed by an hour to allow further drying time for a damp outfield and when play began it was York who had to contend with the conditions, Ben Birkhead having won the toss and opted to bat first. The Academy captain, leading a largely new look side, opened the innings with James Wharton and the pair were only occasionally troubled by the new ball. It took the introduction to the attack of Birkhead’s opposite number, Daniel Woods, to make the breakthrough. Wharton had made 19 in an opening stand worth 50 when the ball ballooned up to Tom Spearman at extra cover off an attempted sweep, the York captain trapped Birkhead (29) lbw in his next over and had a hand in the third wicket to fall taking the catch when Bilal Anjum edged Charlie Elliot to slip. In the space of ten chaotic minutes the home side had gone from being in control to 53-3. A period of consolidation either side of the mid-innings drinks break was then followed by a spell of domination from the hosts as Tom Loten and George Hill provided the second real test of the fielding sides resolve with a stand of 109 from 24 overs. Hill, having made a half-century off 65 balls, had reached 60 when an attempt to hit spinner Jonathan Tattersall for six over long-on fell short and into the hands of Findlay Bean just inside the rope. Tom Spearman picked up the wicket of Loten as the batsman appeared to be caught in two minds the ball seemingly flicking up of the shoulder of the bat presenting ‘keeper Tom Brooks with a straight forward catch. That wicket fell at the start of the 46th over and marked the start of a collapse which saw the next five batsmen dismissed for the addition of only 24 runs. Spearman picked up his second wicket thanks to an outstanding catch by Bean who took the chance above his head back-pedalling at long on. Woods finished as the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4-50 from 13 overs, but poor running and even worse communication resulted in run-outs off the final two balls of the innings handing York the opportunity of maximum points should they successfully chase down a target of 199.
Light rain delayed the start of the York innings and by the time openers Jonathan Tattersall and Duncan Snell made their way out to the middle the target had been reduced to 184 from 42 overs. Tattesall, making his debut having joined from Harrogate in the off season, was soon into his stride striking back to back boundaries off Matthew Taylor in the bowlers first over. The diminutive right-hander dominating the scoring in the early stages as both he and Snell, the competitions leading run-scorer in each of its first two seasons, put the fielding side under pressure with aggressive running between the wickets. Tattersall was first to reach fifty doing so off 56 balls which included seven fours, as 90 runs came from the opening 16 overs. The scoring rate achieved by the pair meant York were always well ahead of the required rate, which became significant as conditions overhead become increasingly threatening and the light began to fade. Snell with seven fours and a six took 63 balls to reach his half-century and it looked likely that the opening duo would remain unbeaten until Ed Barnes breached the defence of Tattersall bowling him for 68 with the total on 139 in the 26th over. It turned out to be the final action of any note as only four further overs were possible before the umpires brought the contest to a close adjudging the light unfit to continue. Snell finished unbeaten on 61 as the visitors recorded a nine wicket victory and in doing so sent out a strong message to their would-be title challengers.
Driffield Town CC Vs York CC – Match Report
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.