Yorkshire ECB League: Harrogate go four on the bounce

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HARROGATE mADE it four wins out of four on Bank Holiday Monday, with the St George’s Road outfit continuing to set the pace at the top, with their latest victims being Rotherham.

Opening, Harrogate made 151, with Alexis Twigg(above) – fresh from his exploits on Saturday – top-scoring with 37, with George Ross hitting 35.

Applying the brakes in outstanding fashion was Town spinner Mark Cummins, who took a fantastic 7-33.

Rotherham were then back in the showers for 135, in reply, with their major contributor being James Moorhouse (38).

Impressive with the ball were Tom Geeson-Brown (4-44) and Scott Huntley (3-17).

Champions York, following their 64-run success over Rotherham, saw off Castleford in a keenly-contested encounter.

Cas opened with 213-8, with Charles Finan (48), Liam Hyde (44) and John Randerson (44) in the runs.

Replying, York struck 218-8, with Jack Leaning leading the way with 55, supported by Simon Lambert (51), Alex Romaniw and Hyde taking three wickets apiece for Cas.

Also on Monday, Yorkshire Academy eased to a nine-wicket win over hosts Sheffield United, who were dismissed for a derisory 81.

Only Danuka Hettiarachchi (39) looked in any semblance of control, with Josh Shaw (3-18) and Jared Warner (3-8) on song.

Eliot Callis (35no) saw the academy home at a canter.

On Saturday, the academy were also in irresistible form with the ball, skittling more Steel City opposition in Sheffield Collegiate for just 58, Ryan Gibson taking 3-1 and Matt Waite (3-16) also in fine fettle. Tom Pringle (5-18) and Leaning (85) excelled as York beat Rotherham, while Twigg (66) and Andy Laws (5-32) helped Harrogate sink Driffield.

Hyde hit 58 in a losing cause for Castleford, beaten by Appleby Frodingham.

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