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