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.