IT was a weekend to savour in league and cup for Yorkshire Academy, who posted two immaculate victories.
The young Tykes booked their place in the semi-finals of the Yorkshire Knock Out Cup on Sunday by vanquishing last season’s beaten finalists York by 99 runs, 24 hours after turning over Scarborough in the league.
The cup success owed plenty to half-centuries from Ryan Gibson, pictured, Will Rhodes and Mosun Hussain, who buttressed the academy’s imposing total of 268-9. Ryan McKendry did his best to curtail their progress with 5-51.
Replying, York could only muster 169 in 37.2 overs, with Jared Warner (4-18) the pick of the Academy attack.
League action on Saturday saw the academy draw level with second-posted Harrogate after a comfortable 72-run triumph at North Marine Road.
Rhodes top-scored with 85 for the academy in their card of 258-5, with Jordan Thompson also catching the eye with an undefeated 54 not out.
Replying, Scarborough were dismissed for 188, with Chris Grey top-scoring with an unbeaten 56. In fine fettle with the ball was Karl Carver (5-37).
York opener Simon Lambert smashed a club record 209 not out as the leaders obliterated sorry visitors Cleethorpes by 303 runs.
Lambert bludgeoned 30 fours and four sixes in his magnificent innings to help York post 379-3.
Second placed Harrogate remain three points behind York after they defeated bottom of the table Sheffield United by 96 runs, Scott Huntley blasting an unbeaten 130, with George Ross. Jonathon Tattersall and Andy Laws taking four wickets apiece.
Eddie Morrison’s 4-33 couldn’t stop Castleford losing by 39 runs to Barnsley.