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York took the first step towards semi-final qualification in the Yorkshire League North T20 a controlled innings from Duncan Snell who made 45 form 43 balls guiding them to a four wicket Group B win over Sheriff Hutton Bridge at Clifton Park. Three wickets each from Clark Doughney and Guy Darwin were also key factors in restricting the visitors to a total of 145 after they had made a strong start.
The visitors opening pair of Arthur Campion and Freddie Collins got the innings off to a brisk start, despite a quarter of an hour interruption for rain, sharing ten fours in the opening five overs and it was right at the end of that period that Doughney took the first of his wickets. Collins had dispatched three of the spinners first five deliveries to the boundary but over-balanced attempting a repeat and was stumped by Alex Liley. Tommy Hudson continued the good work Collins had begun and the scoring rate and the total passed 100 at the start of the thirteenth over. A second wicket partnership worth 55 from 48 balls was ended when Campion, who had scored 42, miscued a ball from Guy Darwin high off the leading edge and the bowler took a comfortable catch. Hudson fell in similar fashion this time Liley pouching the catch the batsman having scored 38 from only 30 balls. Matthew Roberts, making his premier league t20 debut, bowled with great control the spinner sending down 3.5 overs of spin at a cost of just 16 runs through to the close of the innings, conceding just one boundary. Visiting captain Mark Fisher was fourth out for just three Harry Adair taking a well-judged catch at long-on to give Darwin his third wicket with the score on 115, but it was the loss of three quick wickets that really put the brake on the scoring just as ‘Bridge should have been looking to accelerate through the closing overs. Roberts fellow spinner Doughney operating from the Shipton Road end picked up two wickets in the space of three balls including Tatenda Shuttleworth-Richardson for 13. Dave Henstock provided some late fireworks striking Doughney for the consecutive boundaries one of which was a maximum but he was then stumped off Roberts at the start of a final over which included two run out and saw the visitors bowled out for 145 with a ball to spare.
Freddie Collins should have had a wicket in the opening over of the hosts’ reply but the straight-forward catching chance offered by Harry Adair was put down, and although it would prove ultimately to be too costly it allowed York to get off to a flying start with 36 on the board before the third over had been completed. Charlie Elliot’s was the first wicket to fall, having taken two boundaries off the luckless Collins but an attempted third saw a leading-edge carry to Mark Fisher at mid-wicket. That was the first of three wickets to fall in as many overs Adair failed to control a cut stroke that climbed on him and Finlay Bean went after a wide ball, both shots resulting in catches for ‘keeper Nicholas Gill and after a bright start the home side found themselves 39 for three an needing to consolidate. Guy Darwin has discovered some good early season form with the bat and joined skipper Duncan Snell at the crease, their partnership of 39 from 28 balls bring the required rate down below a run-a-ball for the first time, the inclusion of eight wides in the opening ten overs also assisting the hosts cause. Darwin contributed 12 to the partnership before being caught at mid-off and when Matthew Roberts was caught by a diving Andy Frank at extra cover York had once again slipped behind the rate with 54 more required off 44 balls. What should have been the bonus of a free hit from a David Henstock no-ball back-fired when Alex Liley having failed to beat Mark Fisher with a drive was unable to re-make his ground and was run out. With the total on 116 for six and more than six an over required the home sides chances looked dependant on their captain remaining at the crease although in the closing stages he was outscored by Oliver Leedham. The critical over turned out to be the penultimate one off the innings bowled by Mark Fisher it began with 14 runs still required for victory but a lofted blow into the legside and an outside edge which ran away for four both from the bat of Leedham combined with some quick running reduced the target to two off the final six balls. The match concluded in somewhat bland circumstances, given it had been for the most part an absorbing contest, Matthew Bird sent down the sides fifteenth wide to bring the scores level and an eleventh leg-bye signalled an end to proceedings, a total of 28 extras the third highest contribution to the total.
Tom Forsdike was the hero of York’s latest nerve-shredding victory, the spinner picking up three wickets in the final over including two in two balls to close out the match and secure a five-run win against Woodhouse Grange.
The task for the fielding side was hampered when Jonathan Moxon had to withdraw from the attack having bowled four overs for just ten runs, and the move almost certainly took some of the early pressure off the Woodhouse’ openers. The departure of Andrew Bilton to neighbours Dunnington has been offset somewhat by the recruitment of Harry Gamble, Beverley Town’s leading premier league run scorer in 2019, and the new arrival made 25 before sending a catch to Duncan Snell at mid-off with the total on 72 at the start of the 14th over, fellow opener Tom Young having earlier departed caught at point by Harry Adair off Guy Darwin. Christopher Bilton is among the all-time leading run scorers in Yorkshire League North and was able to take advantage of a wicket pitched off centre demonstrating the full array of stroke play that has brought him nearly 3000 runs at this level. He brought up his fifty off 44 balls and when Henry Wilson matched the efforts of his captain albeit at a slightly slower rate of scoring the pair were in the mist of a partnership which looked to be taking control of the game. It needed a good ball from Clarke Doughney to alter the course of proceedings and he found it to bowl Wilson, and four overs later the youngster picked up the crucial wicket of Bilton, this time courtesy of an excellent catch to a diving Nick James at extra cover. That wicket came in the final over of the spinners spell and at a critical point in proceedings with a further 44 runs required from 36 balls. In the very next over Guy Darwin had Christopher Suddaby caught at wide mid-off by Alex Liley and in the space of a dozen balls ‘Grange lost three wickets when Stephen Burdett picked out Darwin fielding at long on to give Tom Forsdike his first wicket of the afternoon. Tight overs from Forsdike and Darwin increased the pressure on the batting side and tilted the equation in the visitors’ favour leaving 23 required from the final two overs. A six from Declan Eastwood off Snell in the penultimate over breathed new life into the contest and gave the home side renewed hope only for it to be tempered when Tom Neal was caught by Adair with five balls of the match remaining. A slip in the field gave Eastwood a much-needed boundary but then attempting to find what would have been a match winning maximum he was caught by Guy Darwin at long-on. It brought an end to an enterprising innings of 26 off just 17 balls but left Alfie Oliver to face the last ball knowing only a six would do. Thankfully for York his swing failed to connect and having strayed from his crease presented Tom Brooks with a stumping opportunity which the ‘keeper gleefully accepted. The chaos of the final over left Forsdike with back-to- back four wicket hauls, the fourth spinner to do so for the club in the Premier League North era.
The new season dawned belatedly under leaden skies and despite an assured half-century from first team debutant Alex Liley reigning Yorkshire League Champions Sheriff Hutton Bridge recorded their third consecutive victory in the league at Clifton Park, but this was the closest of them with a three wicket win coming with just three balls to spare.
Before play got underway players and officials from both sides gathered on the square to honour the memory of York cricket club captain Daniel Woods with a minutes silence, notable absentees from the scene were the trio of Simon Lambert, Ben Robinson and James Billington who all failed to return from a winter in Australia before travel sanctions were imposed. That led to the decision to move Guy Darwin up to open alongside skipper Duncan Snell and meant Alex Liley, who has progressed through the junior ranks at Clifton Park, joined new signing Harry Adair in making their debuts. Snell’s decision to bat first meant the visitors, who suffered several high-profile departures over the winter, had to contend with a wet ball throughout the innings as light showers became a feature of the early afternoon. Darwin lost both opening partner Snell and newcomer Adair inside the first 14 overs but a solid defence and a degree of patience was rewarded with a half-century off 74 balls including seven fours which was arrived at just after the mid-point of the home sides 40 over innings. A third wicket partnership of 46 alongside Nick James was the most productive of the innings, and it was the departure of James for 24 that brought Liley to the crease. The debutant had scored 16 and the total had reached 127 when Tommy Hudson took a fine over the shoulder running catch at backward point to dismiss Darwin (59) and give ‘Bridge’s new signing Matthew Bird the second of what would quickly become three wickets as the hosts lost three wickets in the space of four overs just as they should have been looking to accelerate. Jonathan Moxon struck some much needed boundaries either side of a rain break which saw tea taken and coupled with the intent from Liley, whose game looked well suited to the demands of the situation, 38 were added to the total in the space of four overs. Liley was dismissed for 52 off the first ball of the final over, an innings of 48 balls including four fours ended by a full delivery from Freddie Collins who struck again with the final ball of the innings to claim figures of 4-34 as the home side closed on 195-9.
York began well in the field Oliver Leedham rewarded for a tight new ball spell with the early wicket of Louis Foxton and when a slip from Adam Fisher left Arthur Campion stranded mid-pitch resulting in a run out the visitors found themselves 26-2 after 10 overs. The next 18 overs however belonged to the batting visiting skipper Fisher and Tommy Hudson taking full advantage as the change bowlers offered scoring opportunities on both sides of the wicket. The total moved on to 113 from 25 overs, with Hudson having passed 50 (off 52 balls) and his partner seemingly destined to do likewise, before Tom Forsdike was introduced to the attack. Holder of the club competition best 7-28, the spinners impact was almost immediate. Two wickets in his second overs removed the dual threat of both Fisher brothers, Adam miscued a sweep to short square leg four runs short of a half-century and younger brother Mark was caught and bowled without scoring. Fellow spinner Clarke Doughney had Freddie Collins caught in the deep and with six wickets down and a required rate exceeding a run a ball the hosts looked to be in the ascendency. Hudson continued to take the attack to the bowlers and in Toby Latham found a willing ally, the seventh wicket pair added 46 in only 36 balls but with victory in sight there was late drama when Leedham trapped Hudson lbw for 90 with seven still needed from nine balls, but Latham with just two previous 1st team appearances back in 2017 held his nerve to pick off the winning runs.
At North Marine Road,Scarborough 7 September.
York won by 10 runs. Scarborough 2pts, York 10pts. Toss: York.
A windswept North Marine Road provided the perfect stage for the final match of 2019 for both sides and an enthralling contest was settled with a mere six balls to spare the sides leaving the field at 7.25pm having squeezed every last ounce of cricket from their season. Jack Leaning making his last appearance for the club before moving south to join Kent CCC strode to the middle alongside skipper Duncan Snell but both were forced to retreat to the pavilion as a squally shower drifted across the ground just prior to first ball being bowled causing a ten minute delay. The visitors opening pair took full advantage of some wayward bowling with the new ball finding the boundary on a number of occasions as the score raced along at almost six runs an over through the first ten. They also did well to withstand a hostile spell from South African Matthew Pillans, a barrage of short balls was interspersed with several wayward deliveries meaning he had conceded 52 runs by the end of a seven over spell in which he had struck both openers on the helmet. In Snell’s case it was the ball before he dispatched the Yorkshire quick to the east terrace for a boundary, the eleventh of his innings, to bring up a half-century, the left hander passing 50 for the 40th time in 82 innings since the start of the competition. Leaning reached the same ‘mark clipping a ball from his county colleague of his legs for a ninth boundary from 47 balls faced. A partnership worth 107 came to an end when right-arm spinner Linden Gray bowled the York captain and four balls later trapped James Billington lbw another valuable wicket given the Australian had averaged almost 50 over his previous ten innings. Gray continued to wreak havoc Leaning the next to go lobbing a gentle chance to cover and then wickets with consecutive balls in his next over left the scoreboard showing 130-5 and the bowler with figures of 5-9 from five overs. Few would argue that the promotion of Ben Robinson up to the first team has been one of the season’s success stories and the youngster again proved his value to the side digging in when those around him faltered. A 66 ball half-century was key as the visitors looked to rebuild and 61 for the seventh wicket to with another of the sides newcomers Jack Charters saw the total pass 200. Former Scarborough skipper Ben Elvidge was brought back into the attack in the 43rd over and took two wickets in three balls including Charters lbw to an uncharacteristic attempt at a reverse slog. Daniel Woods provided support to Robinson who finished a Premier League career best 72 not out having steered the side from a precarious position at the half-way stage to a total of 241.
Any momentum looked to have been squandered with the concession of 18 extras in the opening 12 overs of the hosts reply with the only consolation the wicket Sam Drury for three. Jonathan Moxon, after missing almost the entire season with a hand injury, knocking back the leg stump of this season’s YLN leading run scorer. Oliver Stephenson, who top scored with 74 in the corresponding fixture last season, was given a life on 13 when a regulation slip chance failed to stick, but his luck ran out having moved on to 31 before chipping a comfortable catch to Clarke Doughney at mid-wicket of Daniel Woods. Ben Elvidge enjoyed a similar slice of luck but holed out hitting into the wind leaving the total at 102-3 at the halfway point. Woods second wicket, that of opener Darren Harland came shortly after drinks but a partnership of 47 between former Driffield Town pair James Pick and Casey Rudd kept their side in the ascendancy. Pick completed a half-century from 42 balls including seven fours and his sides only six and despite the loss of partners from the other end was able to reduce the target to a run a ball. The game turned on an excellent piece of fielding from Billington his direct hit from backward point running out a retreating Pick with just 20 needed for victory. Daniel Woods continues to inspire those around him and rounded off a battling campaign with a five wicket haul the last of which, Kristian Wilkinson to an excellent catch by Charters taken running back over his shoulder at short fine leg, all but ended the home sides’ chances of victory. The last act before the curtain fell on another season was Moxon rushing in from the Peasholm Park end with a cold autumn wind at his back and striking Jack Holt on the pad the umpires raised finger signalling an end to the contest with just ten runs between the sides.
At Low Catton Road, 10 August. York won by 28 runs (DLS method).
Stamford Bridge 0pts, York 10pts. Toss: York.
York battled both their hosts and the elements to emerge with a victory which keeps alive the possibility of retaining the league title going into the closing few weeks of the season. Ben Robinson became an unlikely hero with the ball, his off-spin on show for the first time in the competition securing key wickets as the match ebbed and flowed amidst strong winds and ever darkening skies. The youngster has been quick to establish a place in the side with his batting since moving up from the second team at the end of June, and a growth in confidence was evidenced in an opening partnership with Duncan Snell worth 49. Dominic Rhodes, one of the League’s all-time leading seam bowlers, with a strong wind at his back from the football ground end, made the breakthrough for the hosts when Snell, on 24, was well caught by ‘keeper Kyle Waite diving at shoulder height in front of first slip in the twelfth over. The in-form James Billington joined Robinson at the crease and the pair had almost doubled the total by the drinks break. Perhaps that short stoppage broke Robinson’s concentration because two balls into the resumption an uncharacteristic slog against spinner James Keast resulted in a simple catch to mid-on, departing for 40 the opener had plenty of time to reflect on the shot as heavy rain descended on the ground causing an hour and a half delay. Play got back under way with the match reduced to 46 over a side and the hosts’ decision to employ an all spin attack proved successful. After a couple of wayward overs at the start former York favourite Ryan McKendry had Chris Booth caught at slip for 10 and followed that up in his next over with a double strike removing Billington lbw one short of a half-century and Charlie Elliot two balls later without scoring. That left the visitors on 139-5 with 11 overs remaining but brought together Nick James and Tom Brooks, after a cautious start which resulted in just five runs from their first three overs the pair accelerated making good use of both the short boundary on the pavilion side and the wide expanses stretching away towards the tennis courts and road on the other. Two sixes from James were amongst the highlights in the closing overs as the pair added 80 to the total before he was run out off the final ball having just posted the second half-century of his Yorkshire League North career, the previous one coming in the corresponding fixture last year. Brooks finished unbeaten on 31 as the visitors closed on 219-6 which was increased to a victory target of 227 by the DLS calculations. The first half of the hosts’ innings followed an almost identical pattern to that of the visitors’ opener Ben Pearson was trapped lbw by Guy Darwin with the score on 46 and the second wicket fell around the half way point with the total at 98. The key for the fielding side was what happened in the immediate aftermath of Zac Kuene’s departure, caught by Billington at point off Nick Kay for 39. Kyle Waite (33) was bowled by a full delivery from Jack Charters before Kay, whose last game at this level was more than two years ago, trapped James Keast lbw, as three wickets in the space of 15 balls reduced the home side from 98-1 to 108-4. Dominic Rhodes and Ryan McKendry got the chase back on track and some powerful blows especially from the former threatened to take the game away with the score ahead of the required rate and the ever present darkening skies threatening further rain. Skipper Snell’s decision to throw the ball to Robinson for the first time proved inspired and the results dramatic. Five balls into his spell Rhodes, having already struck the spinner twice through the same area, picked out Guy Darwin at extra cover. A couple of overs later it looked as though McKendry would clear the boundary for the third time in his innings but Kay had time to settle himself just inside the rope at deep square leg taking the catch above his head to secure the vital wicket. Jonny Rawsthorne served up a few lusty blows, 20 of his 23 runs coming from boundaries, but lacked support from the lower order the visitors able to control the closing stages with Robinson picking up a third wicket and Clarke Doughney a couple including that of Rawsthorne who was last out with the score on 198, York collecting maximum points from their fifth away win of 2019.
At Clifton Park, 3 August. York won by eight wickets.
York 10pts, Beverley Town 0pts. Toss: Beverley Town.
It was a memorable afternoon at Clifton Park not only because of the result but also that those present witnessed Duncan Snell add another record to a growing list of achievements as he became the first batsman to score 4000 runs in Yorkshire League North. The York captain was not the only one celebrating, Jack Charters also had reason to feel good with a season best three for 46, and it was the young seamer who set the hosts on the way to a convincing victory over the league’s bottom side. His opening burst reduced the visitors to 17 for three inside the first half dozen overs. The wickets included leading run scorer Ben Hatfield, a rising ball taking the outside edge through to the wicket-keeper. Harry Gamble was one of only two batsmen in top eight to reach double figures making 15 before going to an excellent one handed catch low down at slip by Nick James off Guy Darwin. The bowler should have had his man four balls earlier when a straight forward catch was put down in the deep, fortunately for the home side the drop did not prove too costly. The left arm seam of captain Snell has on occasion in the past produced some notable breakthroughs but nothing on the scale of what was to come as he took over from Darwin at the Shipton Road End. An uneventful first over offered little sign of what was to come in the second, the fourth ball of which trapped opposite number Andrew Burton lbw, Greg Whyley shouldered arms to the next delivery resulting in a first ball duck and when Matthew Mudd, facing the hat-trick ball, tentatively pushed forward missing the ball which cannoned into the pad the umpire had no hesitation in raising the finger for a third time. It meant Snell had matched the exploits of Tom Pringle against Easingwold in 2017, but more importantly appeared to have given the side a stranglehold over the game with Beverley in deep trouble on 53 for seven. What followed was a show of defiance from Olly Grantham and Jamie Roe, their partnership of 84 from 20 overs was the second highest eighth wicket partnership in the competition. Grantham narrowly missed what would have been a richly deserved half-century when he was lbw to Daniel Woods for 48 and the spinner also bowled Roe for 45 much to the consternation of the batsman who initial refused to go claiming he had not been ready to face the delivery. A last wicket stand of 22 primarily from the bat of Joey Franklin (23) boosted the total to 168. The absence from the line-up, due to a county call, of Jack Leaning provided the opportunity for Ben Robinson to move up to open the innings, and the youngster took the chance scoring 20 of a 52 run stand before been well caught by Jamie Roe who took the catch over his shoulder running back at mid-on. A straight drive for four off Roe brought Snell to his personal milestone in what was his 77th innings, the magnitude of the feat possibly best demonstrated by the fact the next best in the run scoring chart trails his total by more than 1300. The eighth four of the left-handers innings took him past 50 for the 40th time in the competition and the ball crossed the boundary a further six times before he was finally out lbw for 82 as he tried to work the ball leg off Edward Chappell. By that stage the result was beyond doubt a second wicket partnership worth 98 shared with James Billington having taken the side to within 19 runs of their target. The Australian continued a recent run of good form finishing unbeaten on 44 as Chris Booth struck back-to-back boundaries at the start of the 34th over to seal the points.
At Clifton Park, July 20. York won by 131 runs.
York 10pts, Sessay 0pts. Toss: York.
Tom Forsdike will have more reasons than most to remember his league debut, seven to be exact, marking his first appearance in the top flight with the competition’s season best figures of 7-28 as York put the disappointment of the previous weeks defeat firmly behind them with an emphatic victory over relegation threatened Sessay. The off spinners previous first team experienced had been limited to a couple of cup games back in 2014, since then he plied his trade in the second XI but 15 wickets in the last three weeks was enough to earn a place in the line-up and to devastating effect, four of his victims were bowled and twice he picked up wickets with consecutive deliveries the beleaguered batsmen simply unable to cope with the turn and bounce he was able to generate, the visitors who have struggled for runs throughout the season failed again to reach 150 for the fourth time in their last six matches. After choosing to bat first skipper Duncan Snell and opening partner Jack Leaning were both back in the pavilion inside the first seven overs, the captain run out for the second innings in a row and last week’s centurion Leaning caught at the wicket chasing a wide ball from Liam Carver. After the first of two brief delays for rain James Billington and Chris Booth resumed the innings, the latter was dropped at slip on 8 with the score at 57 and it proved a costly mistake. Billington had shown signs of an upturn in form with 46 in two of his last three innings and shortly after the second weather interruption completed a half-century off 58 balls, Booth did likewise and together the pair added 160 for the third wicket, a club record in this league and third on the competitions all-time list. The score had moved on to 181 by the time Booth missed with an attempted reverse sweep, a shot which had proved profitable up until that point, and was given out lbw. York’s overseas signing surpassed his previous best of 88 at the start of a run of 14 consecutive singles which would eventually lead to his first century for the club, an innings of 108 balls containing eight fours and a six. An enterprising run a ball partnership of 40 with Ben Robinson came to an end when the Australian, on 112, played across the line and was bowled by Matthew Till the first of three wickets for the spinner in the closing six overs. Robinson backed up last week’s 41 with his maiden half-century at this level and remained unbeaten on 56 from only 44 balls when the innings closed with the total on 280-6. Openers Mark Wilkie and Matthew Till began the response in positive fashion 48 runs coming from the first 10 overs. Visiting skipper Wilkie under-edged Guy Darwin onto his stumps but at 73-1 and leading run scorer Mark Jackson just getting going the reply looked to be in decent shape, then just five balls into his opening over Forsdike had two wickets and the picture looked very different, a further three quickly followed and at one stage he had figures of five for nine, still with three overs in hand when picking up his seventh wicket, Jackson bowled aiming an expansive drive down the ground having reached 41, the prospect of taking nine did not seem too farfetched but then Leaning had Stuart Peirse caught at slip and doubled his tally when Liam Carver’s full blooded struck cannoned of Billington’s helmet fielding close in then lobbed into the bowler’s hands. Victory by 131 runs moves York above Dunnington into fourth place in the table but still 21 points adrift of the leaders.
At Clifton Park, July 13. Castleford won by 17 runs.
York 4pts, Castleford 8pts. Toss: Castleford.
Jack Leaning produced one of the best all-round performances the competition has seen but despite a century following an earlier four wicket haul he could not prevent Castleford winning a league game at Clifton Park for the first time since 2011. On that occasion David Wainwright weighed in with a century, this time his contribution was less significant but nevertheless crucial in a closely fought contest. The Castleford skipper was forced to sit out much of the first part of his side innings having been struck by a ball from Jack Charters whilst opening, his departure albeit temporary was seized upon by the hosts, Charters and Guy Darwin with a wicket a piece inside the first eight overs. A partnership between overseas signing Umair Khan and Eitan Litvin took the total beyond three figures before the former drove at Leaning in the spinners second over and was caught as slip for 26. With the score on 106-3 Wainwright resumed his innings and both he and Litvin completed half-centuries prior to the fall of the next wicket. Litvin’s departure stumped of the bowling of Clarke Doughney for 61 with the score on 177 was followed immediately by the young spinners second wicket, and when ‘keeper Tom Brooks held an attempted sweep down the leg side by the Castleford skipper the home side looked to have a measure of control in the game with less than ten overs remaining and the score still below 200. Wickets with consecutive deliveries from Daniel Woods came in the midst of an inspired spell of striking from Eddie Morrison who cleared the ropes six times on the way to a score of 46 from just 24 balls, his fun only ended in the final over Charters taking two catches both of Leaning to close out the innings with the total on 254. The hosts pursuit of what would have to be their highest successful run chase in the competition began badly when Duncan Snell was run out in the fourth over, the opener unable to re-make his ground after been sent back, and the situation worsened when they lost two more wickets inside the first 12 overs. That brought together Leaning and Ben Robinson, the youngster in only his second start at this level took time to settle and had scored four from 25 balls when he was dropped at backward point, undeterred he gradually gained in confidence and contributed 41 to a stand of 122 for the fourth wicket. After being dropped twice more his luck finally ran out when adjudged lbw attempting to sweep Jack Young. It was during a partnership of 43 from 50 balls that Leaning went to his century, a second of the season and his sixth since the start of the new league, coming off 121 balls including a dozen fours. His eventual departure stumped off Young for 120 left the home side needing 32 off 29 balls but with victory seemingly in the hosts grasp Wainwright and Young snatched it away, three wickets in the space of 12 balls leaving Guy Darwin to see out the closing over to ensure York picked up four points from the match when they had looked to be in a position to collect all ten.
At Sandhill Lane, July 6.
York won by 71 runs. Woodhouse Grange 0pts, York 10pts.
This clash between the championship holders and the pretenders to their crown, had it gone to form, would have seen Woodhouse Grange open up a seemingly unassailable 35 point advantage and all but ended York’s hopes of retaining their title, but an extraordinary contest has opened up the race not only to these two but the three sides separating them all five now covered by just 15 points. There was little evidence of what was to come as James Billington struck three fours and a six off James Finch to advance the score on to 91-1 in the 15th over. The only wicket to fall that of Jack Leaning, one of six changes to the side which suffered a heavy defeat in the reverse fixture back in early May, he somewhat fortuitously for the hosts hit a full toss from Josh Jackson straight into the hands of Chris Wood at deep square leg. The visitors appeared to be on top of the bowling both Billington and Duncan Snell finding the boundary on a regular basis but everything changed when the York captain having reached 43 failed to clear Steve Burdett at long-on off his opposite number Finch. That dismissal set in motion a collapse which would see six wickets fall for 42 runs in just over an hour. Billington was next to depart the Australian, having come within four runs of a half-century for the second Saturday in a row, top edged a sweep on to his pads, a simple catch ballooning up to the wicket-keeper. Of the next six batsmen only Oliver Batchelor reached double figures before falling to an excellent diving catch by Chirs Suddaby at mid-on, his dismissal came as part of a devastating spell from Chris Wood, the spinner picking up wickets in four of his first five overs at a cost of just eight runs. Daniel Woods and Guy Darwin managed to stem the tide, and put in the context of what was to come, certainly broke the momentum of the match that was all going the way of the home side. The pair saw out 11 overs adding 13 more to the score, and a further 18 came from a last wicket partnership between Clarke Doughney and Darwin, the latter last out for 20 in the final over with the total on 167. Just as the visitors had the hosts began well against the new ball losing only the one wicket in the opening dozen overs, but perhaps crucially it was that of their leading run scorer Andrew Bilton caught low down at point in Jack Leaning’s first over. On an afternoon that will most likely be remembered for the exploits of the spinners Charlie Elliot’s seven over spell of seam played a crucial role as events unfolded before a disbelieving crowd following both sides. Leaning, having picked up the first had a hand in the next three wickets too, twice taking catches at slip off Elliot in between which picking up the valuable wicket of Simon Tennant. The opener had got to 18 before clipping a ball off his pads at pace straight into the hands of Billington at short leg. By the 20th over the fielding side were firmly in charge and clearly relishing their work the scoreboard read 76 for 6 and both Leaning and Elliot had three wickets. The latter gave way to Daniel Woods and the talismanic spinner, still undergoing his cancer treatment, was soon in on the action picking up the wicket of Tom Neal, the former Acomb player one of only three ‘Grange batsmen to reach double figures. Leaning picked up his fourth wicket and Woods the final two as the home side narrowly avoided their lowest ever total in the competition that was 92 against Harrogate in 2016, this time they reached 96.
At Leeds University, Weetwood, 29 June. York won by seven wickets. Yorkshire Academy 0pts, York 10 pts. Toss: Yorkshire Academy. York ended the first half of what has been a testing league season with a morale boosting victory against Yorkshire Academy thanks largely to an inspirational performance from skipper Duncan Spell who picked up three wickets before securing maximum points for only the second time in 2019 with an unbeaten 87. Whilst clear blue skies were a welcome sight above the university playing fields it meant the visitors having to contend with soaring temperatures as they took to the field. Finlay Bean, playing against his parent club for the first time, opened the innings with captain and leading run scorer James Wharton and together they made a positive start scoring 49 from the first 11 overs. Bean had made 16 when he was caught by a diving Oliver Batchelor at gully, having chased a wide delivery from Snell, and his opening partner should have followed soon after but the chance was spilled by the keeper. Charlie Elliot’s first league wicket for over a month ended Harry Duke’s short stay at the crease, Chris Booth taking a regulation catch at slip leaving the match evenly poised after 16 overs. The fielding side were left to rue the earlier missed opportunity as Wharton completed his third half-century of the campaign, it came up during a partnership of 65 for the third wicket with Arjun Ramkumar and it was his dismissal, bowled by Clarke Doughney for 30, with the score on 122 that sparked a collapse which would see five wickets fall in the space of nine overs for just 18 runs. Among them was the key wicket of Wharton who, with the vast open spaces on the leg side available picked out Charlie Elliot at deep square leg off Jack Charters, his innings of 71 from 107 balls including eight fours the highest for the hosts in matches between these sides in Yorkshire League North. The dramatic passage of play left both Charters and Doughney each with two wickets and the spinner increased his haul to three when Harry Harding failed to clear Snell on the edge of the circle at mid-off, it came in the penultimate over of the teenagers 13 over unbroken spell from the pavilion end and final figures of 3-46 represented his best performance since joining the Clifton Park side. Snell returned for a second spell late on and it was his brace which closed out the innings on 183, the visiting skipper returning season best figures of 3-35. Oliver Batchelor, playing in familiar surroundings having spent time playing for Leeds/Bradford MCCU at their Weetwood home, was the only casualty in the first half of the visitors reply and could count himself a touch unlucky to be caught down the leg side having made 21. James Billington has passed fifty only once to date but came close to doing so a second time reaching 46, including three fours and two sixes, before being trapped lbw, however his part in a stand of 107 put the visitors firmly in charge. Chris Booth was the only other batsman dismissed, managing to strike four boundaries before top edging a ball from Harry Harding straight up in the air gifting the spinner, and ‘keeper Harry Duke a second dismissal of the afternoon. It was little consolation for either as soon after Snell struck the ball to the boundary for a tenth time in his 119 ball innings to bring about the victory, Ben Robinson making his competition debut at the other end watching on.
At Clifton Park, June 9. Clifton Alliance won by seven wickets. York played host to Yorkshire League North opponents for the third time in this season’s competition but were unable to repeat the level of performance that had seen off both Dunnington and Castleford in previous rounds, instead they were beaten in convincing fashion by their local rivals whose overseas player Matthew Montgomery produced a match-winning half-century on a day when several batsmen failed to go on after getting themselves in. David Friend and Samuel Grant kept York’s openers tied down. Accurate bowling focused on one side of the wicket allowed for a packed offside field, with a single fielder on the leg side at times there were just eight scoring shots in the opening ten overs, a period which also saw the crucial wicket of Duncan Snell fall, the opener stumped as he overstretched in defence to a ball from Friend. James Billington was beginning to show signs of his recent upturn in form but was bowled as he tried to clip Friend through the leg side for what would have been a third four in the over, and when Oliver Batchelor played down the wrong line to the next ball bowled by spinner Thomas Brown the home side were 51-3. Nick James and Matthew Bell’s fourth wicket partnership of 38 was the highest in a fractured innings punctuated by wickets at regular intervals, James was visibly annoyed with himself when a leading edge dropped into the hands of extra cover, and Tom Spearman was another caught on the edge of the inner circle having battled for 16 balls for a single. A disjointed batting performance was encapsulated when Bell was run out by a throw from third man coming back for what was always going to be an unlikely second as the home side scrambled to reach a competitive total. The final eight overs produced 51 runs and against a side which had struggled for runs since the start of the season a target of 172 should have represented an uncomfortable challenge. Guy Darwin found the edge of David Taylor’s bat with a lifting delivery in the fourth over but Greg Drewery and South African Montgomery were quick to seize on a number of wayward deliveries and the target was reduced to around 3.5 runs per over by Nick James ran in from deep square leg to catch Drewery of the bowling of Snell. The York captain was the most effective of a bowling attack going for less than three runs an over on a day when, with the exception of youngster Jack Charters, the rest all conceded a run a ball or worse. Montgomery added 75 for the third wicket with Andrew Simpson, and in doing so reached 50 off 74 balls, he remained unbeaten at the end on 67 alongside Samuel Grant who brought a swift end to proceedings striking four consecutive boundaries in an over then a six in the next as the visitors reached their target with more than six overs to spare.
At Clifton Park, May 12. York won by eight wickets. Toss: Castleford. A century from Duncan Snell helped settle this all Yorkshire League North tie as York booked their place in the next round with an eight wicket victory over Castleford. The rain that marred the previous days’ league meeting between the sides was long gone and this contest was played out under blue skies on a straw coloured wicket that offered the first indication that it would be a day for the batsmen. The extra bounce of the new ball produced an early wicket when Edward Cole failed to get over a ball from Guy Darwin instead cutting it straight to point at the start of the third over. Harry Wilkinson and overseas signing Umair Khan set about repairing the damage putting on 49 before Charlie Elliot found the leading edge of Wilkinson’s the ball lobbing gently to the fielder at cover. That dismissal brought visiting skipper Scott Hopkinson to the crease and the former Clifton Alliance all-rounder alongside Khan gained the upper hand in the game the pair adding exactly 100 in 15 over either side of drinks. The Pakistan-born all rounder twice hit spinner Daniel Woods for six, on his way to a score of 61, but the bowler finally got his man with a delivery turning enough to take the outside edge and drop into the hands of James Billington at point. Prior to Khan’s departure the visitors would have had their sights set on a total in the region of 250 but York lead by Snell fought back in the final ten overs. The captain picked up the prized wicket of his opposite number for 69 and finished with 3-43 from eight overs. In all five wickets fell in the last half-dozen overs leaving the hosts chasing a target of 214 to win. Oliver Batchelor opened the York reply alongside his captain and the pair took advantage of the early fielding restrictions regularly piercing the infield to find the boundary the duo were in full flow scoring at a rate in excess of six and a half runs per over when Liam Hyde picked up a low catch in his follow through to dismiss Batchelor for 36 made off 32 balls. Australian James Billington provided the perfect foil for his skipper picking off singles seemingly at will to rotate the strike. Snell, having scored a century in the completion in each of the last two seasons, completed a hat-trick this latest one coming off only 82 balls including eight fours and five sixes. His side were within sight of victory with only a further ten runs required when he under-edged an attempted sweep off Eddie Morrison onto his own stumps. Five balls later the match was over, Billington scoring the winning runs to finish unbeaten on 48, York reaching the target with just under four overs to spare.
At Clifton Park, April 28. York won by 108 runs. Toss: Dunnington. A devastating spell of new ball bowling from Guy Darwin and Jonathan Moxon blew away the Dunnington top order as York brushed aside the challenge of the visitors, who lost their first six wickets for just seven runs, to ease into the second round. The home side who had earlier been put in to bat suffered an early blow when Oliver Batchelor was caught at the wicket by wicket-keeper Daniel Barrett off the bowling of Jonathan Anderson in the fourth over. On a wicket which appeared to lack pace Australian James Billington was caught in two minds and checked a drive shot sending a simple catch back to bowler Luke Kilby. Harry Franklin turned out to be playing the anchor role but it was confusion between himself and Nick James which resulted in a run out when the latter was late to set off having played the ball to gully and as a result failed to beat Kilby’s throw to the bowlers end, it left York on 73-3 at the halfway mark of their 40 overs. A further 10 overs passed yielding 50 runs before Franklin fell to the spin of seam bowling of Alec Drury one short of what would have been a hard fought half-century, his demise came courtesy of a gentle prod into the hands of extra cover. Tom Brooks looked to accelerate the scoring with an enterprising 30 of 41 balls but his departure with five overs to go and the total on 148 sparked a collapse as three further wickets were lost before the innings was closed on 178-9, Guy Darwin batting with an injured finger remained not on 31 not out (off 21 balls) the only batsman with a strike rate in excess of 100. What followed after the interval was as breath-taking as it was unexpected. Moxon was first to strike knocking Adam Sutcliffe’s off stump out of the ground in his first over. Darwin took the catch in his follow through when Chris Pereath struck a full toss tamely back at the bowler, his second wicket came in the middle of a somewhat unconventional hat-trick from Moxon who struck with the final ball of his second over and the first two of his third. The result was that within 5.2 over of the start of their innings more than half the Dunnington line-up had been and gone. Daniel Barrett, batting at No8 was the first to show any signs of a fight back striking three fours as he took the vast majority of the strike in a stand worth 33 with Luke Kilby for the seventh wicket. Daniel Woods replaced Moxon, who had taken four wickets for 18 runs in five overs, at the Shipton Road end and the move paid an immediate dividend when Barrett was trapped lbw. The spinner picked up his second wicket thanks to a fine reaction catch by Nick James at slip who adjusted well to take a fine single handed catch low to his right. Two became three when, with the total on 69 David Brent swung across the line to a straight delivery and was bowled. The last wicket went to teenage spinner Clarke Doughney making his debut in the competition for York, having already beaten the bat on a number of occasions he was rewarded when finding the edge of last man Jonathan Anderson’s bat wicket-keeper Brooks making no mistake. The visitors had been bowled out inside 27 overs to lose by 108 runs.