Yorkshire ECB: York take over from Harrogate at top

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York moved up to top spot in the Yorkshire ECB league this weekend with a big victory against the now second-placed Harrogate, writes Amitai Winehouse.

The victors batted first, hitting 220-8. Nick Kay was York’s best batsman on the day, hitting 66 before being bowled by Sam Davies. Andy Laws (pictured) was comfortably Harrogate’s best bowler during this innings, taking 3-48.

Harrogate struggled to put together any sort of batting form in their time at the crease, eventually finding themselves all out for 163. Alexis Twigg did put in a good display of 46 runs before being bowled by Tom Pringle.

Pringle put together an excellent display of his bowling talents, taking five wickets for only 36 runs. Daniel Woods also took five wickets for York.

Castleford (171-9) fell to a loss against Scarborough (175-6) that leaves them in 12th place in the league.

Liam Hyde put together a good showing for Castleford in the opening innings, hitting 61. The rest of his side struggled however, with none of his teammates managing more than 25 runs. Theo Smith, the man who bowled Hyde out, took 2-16 in an impressive showing.

Scarborough got off to a good start through opening batsman Andy Simpson, who hit 72. Jarran Cook was Castleford’s best bowler with 2-33 as they failed to prevent the loss.

Driffield Town (295-8) managed a win against Rotherham Town (218-9) at the weekend. Ali Asad could take a lot of the credit for the result after hitting 112 for Driffield. Shoaib Hassan helped stem the tide for Rotherham, taking 5-85 whilst bowling.

They failed to match Driffield’s performance, with Gareth Purshouse’s 52 runs their best individual batting display. Dave Brent of Driffield helped contain the Rotherham onslaught, taking four wickets for only 53 runs.

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