Vic keeps Gate breathing easy at top of pile

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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.

Snared

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.

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