HARROGATE show no signs of relinquishing top spot in the Yorkshire League as the St George’s Road side enjoyed back-to-back home wins against Doncaster Town and Hull at the weekend.
Saturday’s visitors Doncaster were knocked down for just 85 as Vic Craven took a superb 6-25.
Craven’s knock of 50 not out then helped Gate to 88-2 with support from David Orange (34). Hull put up more of a fight on Sunday but Craven (4-40) and junior Sam Davies (3-12) saw the visitors dismissed for 157.
Craven then made 30 of Harrogate’s 163-5 with an unbeaten 57 from Grant McCarthy key to the cause.
Gate now lead Barnsley by 13 points with a further point back to third-placed York, who defeated Driffield Town on Saturday and hosts Scarborough on Sunday.
Sunday’s success at North Marine Road was lit up by a majestic 139 not out from Duncan Snell which led York to 331-4 as junior Oliver Harris (70) and Nick Kay (50no) supported.
Glen Richmond’s 3-58 helped dismiss the hosts for 212.
Castleford fared less well with defeat at fourth-placed Yorkshire Academy followed by a loss at home to Sheffield Collegiate.
Cas were skittled for just 65 on Saturday as Lewis Stabler snared 6-10 with Jonathon Tattersall’s 35 then leading the hosts home at 68-2.
The following day, a healthy stand between Dominic Sharp (68) and John Randerson (36) pushed Cas to 163-8 but Collegiate overhauled at 166-3.
Yorkshire Academy, meanwhile, followed up Saturday’s Castleford success with a 92-run crushing of visiting Driffield Town.
Eddie Wilson (83) and Will Rhodes (58) saw Academy to 227 with Driffield all out at 135.