Yorkshire ECB: Bradshaw steers Gate to victory

Jonathan Tattersall

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Harrogate got their new Yorkshire ECB County Premier League season off to the perfect start with Saturday’s six-wicket win against Sheffield Collegiate at St George’s Road.

Collegiate were skittled for 184 as Tom Greeson-Brown took a fine 5-33 from his 11 overs. Jacob Waterson top-scored for the visitors with 68.

Harrogate then had few problems overhauling as Jonathon Tattersall (39), pictured, and Alexis Twigg (53) put on 88 for the first wicket before Ryan Bradshaw’s unbeaten 44 steered the hosts to 185-4.

The win sent Harrogate to the top of the tree.

York, however, are at the unfamiliar position of being bottom of the table after Saturday’s 127-run loss at home to Yorkshire Academy.

Three batsmen excelled for Academy in centurion Eliot Callis (107), Azeem Rafiq (79) and Will Rhodes (77), who propelled the visitors to a thumping 338-8.

Jake Murphy (4-65) was York’s main wicket taker but the hosts had no answers with the bat in reply as Karl Carver’s 3-54 kept them well shy at 211-9.

York’s best knocks came from Nick Kay (67) and Ryan McKendry (48).

Scarborough began with a four-wicket loss at home to Doncaster Town.

The Seasiders made 222-9 batting first led by the efforts of opener Andy Simpson (69) and Chris Grey (73) in the face of Curtis Free (5-29). But led by a brilliant ton from Simon Widdup (103no), Doncaster overhauled at 226-6.

In Saturday’s two other season openers, Driffield Town crushed visiting Sheffield United by 135 runs while Appleby Frodingham were five run winners at home to Barnsley.

Castleford begin their campaign this Saturday at Cleethorpes. Harrogate visit Barnsley while York entertain Appleby Frodingham.

Yorkshire Academy welcome Driffield Town.

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