The Yorkshire Academy consolidated their position at the top of the standings after comfortable victories over Appleby Frodingham and Sheffield United, writes STEVEN BACK.
Saturday’s visitors Appleby Frodingham were put into bat by the Academy side and posted a modest total of 164-6 in 55 overs, overseas signing David Brent, pictured, providing a vital 64 not out. The Academy would make quick work of the run chase, knocking off the 165 to win inside 26 overs for the loss of three wickets as Matthew Waite top-scored with 49.
There was little contest when bottom-of-the-league Sheffield United arrived on Sunday, the Academy bundled Sheffield out for just 106. James Logan stared with the ball returning figures of 4-14 from 17 overs. Ensuring the contest wouldn’t last long chasing down Sheffield’s total in 23 overs, Ben Lewis Ainsley top scoring with 49.
Despite the two wins the Academy remain only 14 points ahead of Barnsley after they claimed wins at Doncaster and Driffield.
Harrogate Town also came away with a brace of victories at Rotherham and at Castleford.
Scott Huntley starred with bat and ball against Rotherham, leading the way in Harogate’s first-innings total of 256 with 80 from 108 balls and then backed it up with the ball claiming 4-26 as Rotherham were reduced to 194 all out.
Harogate fell one wicket short of victory after failing to capitalise on a promising start, they would be bowled out in their first innings for 203, George Ross (71) and Ryan Bradshaw (56) the mainstays of the Harrogate innings.
Castleford clung on for 55 overs as Harrogate failed to claim the elusive final wicket finishing on 166-9, in what was Castleford’s lone fixture of the weekend which saw them remain second from bottom in the table.