Atkinson half-century helps Harrogate fight back to claim victory over Bridge

Josh Atkinson celebrates after hitting the winning runs in Harrogate CC's victory over Stamford Bridge. Picture: Caught Light Photography
Josh Atkinson celebrates after hitting the winning runs in Harrogate CC's victory over Stamford Bridge. Picture: Caught Light Photography

Harrogate CC recovered from a perilous position to claim a maximum-points victory over Stamford Bridge in Yorkshire Premier League North.

In reply to their visitors’ total of 161, George Ross’ side slumped to 12-4 before a fine unbeaten knock of 81 from Josh Atkinson guided them to a two-wicket success.

Tom Geeson-Brown took 4-26, skipper Ross 2-29 and David Foster 2-43 as Bridge were bowled out inside 41 overs, Dominic Rhodes top scoring with an innings of 49.

Harrogate’s run chase began in the worst possible fashion as openers Jonny Tattersall (0) and Jack Potticary (1) were removed early on, as was overseas batsman Kallen Bond who smashed a six straight away before being caught off the bowling of Luke Robinson.

Ross followed soon after for a duck before Atkinson and wicket-keeper Eddie Wilson (32) turned the tide with a stand of 62.

Wison departed with his side’s score on 74, but the lower order provided ample company for Atkinson to help Harrogate over the line with more than six overs to spare.

The former Otley man plundered 13 boundaries in his match-winning knock, aided by useful support from Jon MacGregor (20 not out).

Victory leaves the men from St George’s Road third in the league standings two games into the 2017 campaign.