Yorkshire Academy maintained their lead at the top of the table after a five-wicket victory over Driffield Town, largely thanks to an unbeaten century from Ryan Gibson, writes ZACK SORKIN.
Batting first, Driffield totalled 214 with Nick Hardgrave hitting 106, but the Academy eased to their victory target at 216-5 with Gibson, pictured, contributing 119 not out. York bounced back after their defeat to Barnsley last time out and kept the pressure on Yorkshire Academy, beating Appleby Frodingham by 110 runs and replacing Doncaster in second place in the table.
Impressive batting from Liam McKendry (56) and Ryan McKendry (58) set the platform for York who went on to dismiss their opponents for 147 thanks to five wickets from Daniel Woods and four wickets from Tom Pringle.
Hosts Harrogate suffered their fifth defeat of the season at the hands of third-placed Barnsley, losing by 71 runs, with Steven Nuttall hitting a superb 91 for the away side.
Although Tom Geeson-Brown of Harrogate had a good day claiming four wickets, Barnsley’s batting was superior on the day as Matthew Wilson (46) contributed significantly to Barnsley’s total of 257 all out, while Harrogate mustered only 186 all out.
Castleford beat Cleethorpes in an impressive four-wicket victory as Castleford looked to start a march up the table.
Will Simpson (65) and James Sykes (45) were Castleford’s two highest scorers but credit must also go to bowler Liam Hyde (5-35) who took five wickets.
Hyde’s wickets contributed heavily to the win over eighth place Cleethorpes whose openers Bill Kirby (73) and Harry Warwick (46) put on 117 for the opening wicket.
Elsewhere in the league, there were victories for Rotherham and Sheffield United.