ECB Yorkshire: Academy tight grip on title

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Yorkshire Academy tightened their grip on the ECB Yorkshire Premier top spot as they beat title chasers York, writes STEVEN BACK.

Needing to beat both Harrogate and the Academy to maintain pressure on the leaders, York would win their first match against Harrogate on Saturday by 58 runs, York captain Dan Woods leading from the front.

Top-scoring with 53 in York’s first innings total of 185, Woods got York through a tough start after Harrogate opening bowler Tom Geeson-Brown (5-42) ripped through York’s top order reducing them to 35-4.

A 98-run fifth-wicket partnership between Woods and Nick Kay (27) backed by 42 from Tom Pringle, pictured, would take York to a respectable total.

Harrogate’s reply got off to a poor start as wickets fell at regular intervals, only Harrogate’s Ross Huntley (46) provided any real resistance but after Dan Woods (3-44) had him stumped, the rest of the batting order collapsed to 127 all out, Tom Pringle also claimed 4-34 in the win.

However it was the Young Vikings who took control on Sunday. Batting first the Academy posted 208-9, Barney Gibson top scoring with 49. The young Vikings then tore into York’s top order, bowling them out for 137.

The Academy are now 19 points clear of York whilst having played one more.

Harrogate lost their League Cup semi-final with Barnsley on Sunday. Posting 227-6 in 45 overst, Tom Geeson-Brown provided some late innings fireworks with 63 not out from 39 balls.

Despite 64 from Barnsley’s Jason Booth, Harrogate seemingly had control of the game as Barnsley slumped to 172-8 thanks to George Ross 4-29, however a 56 run partnership between Tom Shaw (33*) and Ali Jahangir (23*) saw Barnsley home to an unlikely victory with 4 balls to spare.

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