Boy George shows he is Harrogate Cricket Club’s man

Ryan Bradshaw ducks under a short ball against Barnsley. (Caught Light Photography)
Ryan Bradshaw ducks under a short ball against Barnsley. (Caught Light Photography)
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Ryan Bradshaw saluted the captaincy skills of stand-in skipper George Ross after his young pretender guided Harrogate into the Yorkshire League Cup semi-finals.

Harrogate bounced straight back from a crushing league defeat to Barnsley on Saturday, to hammer Doncaster Town in the cup quarter-finals a day later.

Bradshaw played his part in the cup win, making 75 not out in Gate’s mammoth first innings total of 244-6, before the bowlers dismissed Town for 182.

It was the second time Bradshaw has handed the reins to Ross this year, and both times Gate triumphed.

The St George’s Road outfit emerged victorious in the T20 quarter-finals day under Ross in June. And former Yorkshire Academy skipper Ross received full praise from his tutor.

“He did absolutely brilliantly,” said Bradshaw.

“He gives it fresh ideas and he’s a very good man manager. I don’t know how long I will do the job.

“It’s good to know that George can come in and do a good job.

“We hadn’t won for a while. To win on Sunday will be a real boost to the whole squad.”

Gate will face Barnsley in the semis, and will seek revenge after Saturday’s heavy defeat.

Yorkshire spinner Azeem Rafiq lined up in the South Yorkshire team that hit 257 all out before rattling Gate for 186.

Bradshaw said: “Barnsley were very strong. They were impressive.”

Harrogate 2nds completed a thrilling chase at Pocklington to keep alive their promotion hopes in York Senior League Division Two North.

Jack Rowett’s 71 allowed fourth-placed Gate to chase down Pock’s 249-8, with three wickets and five balls remaining.

Rob Stanworth also had a match to remember after taking 4-76 and scoring 32.

This week, Harrogate are at Driffield while the second string host Dringhouses.

Meanwhile, Harrogate opening batsman Jonny Tattersall has been selected as vice-captain for England Under 19s’ summer series against South Africa.

The Harrogate CC batsman joined Sessay’s Karl Carver and fellow Yorkshire youth players Will Rhodes, Matt Fisher and Josh Shaw in the 14-man squad.

England will play a two-day practice against a Yorkshire U19 side at Sleaford CC on July 29 and 30.

The Test series against South Africa starts at Fenner’s, Cambridge on August 1 before the second Test on August 7 at Northampton.Bradshaw added: “We are all very proud.

“It’s great to be established within the national Under 19s.”