Bradshaw: we need to be better

hsb  Andy Laws batting for Harrogate against Sheffield.  (130601M4b)
hsb Andy Laws batting for Harrogate against Sheffield. (130601M4b)

Harrogate CC skipper Ryan Bradshaw had some stern words for his troops after last weekend’s defeat at Barnsley, but now he wants their actions to do the talking.

The poor result at Shaw Lane keeps Harrogate second in the ECB Yorkshire Premier League table, and Bradshaw knows they can ill afford to lose ground if they want to claim championship silverware in September,

They are 16 points off leaders York with a game in hand.

“We played really badly at the weekend,” said Bradshaw.

“We bowled superbly, but the batting, the lower-order batting let us down.

“We should have knocked off 200 fairly easily but we just didn’t score enough runs.

“One or two people were missing, Andrew Laws, who opens the batting and the bowling for us, but that’s no excuse. The batsmen need runs. When we’re producing 30s and 40s, we need to be getting 80s and 90s.

“I’m confident there’ll be a reaction this weekend. We had a team talk after the game and I want us to move forward.

“We need to show that with action not words though.”

Harrogate will seek to make amends on Saturday, when they take on Hull at St George’s Road. Then it’s straight back to business on Sunday, when Harrogate welcome Yorkshire Academy for another league encounter. Bowler Graeme Whiles is absent this weekend but Harrogate are at full-strength.

“We haven’t played Hull this year,” he said.

“Hopefully we can get back to winning ways and put in a good performance.

“The Academy beat us in the cup so we’re out for revenge. They’re a young side and tricky to play.

“I think the key to beating them is putting them under pressure for a time and seeing how they deal with it.”

On Saturday, Barnsley reached 203 batting first against the impressive figure of Sam Davies, who plundered 5-35. Vic Craven and Calum How achieved 37 and 34 respectively, but Harrogate closed six runs short at 194.

“Credit to Barnsley, they played a decent game,” he said.

“It was frustrating for us though. I felt particularly bad for Sam who came back from injury, got five wickets, and then we lost a game we should have won.”

Davies’ struggle with fitness has been well documented this year. The bowler has battled a dislocated shoulder, a broken thumb, and then a twisted ankle and ligaments.

“He nearly won us the game,” added Bradshaw.

“He’s had a really tough time this year but it was great to have him back. I’ve told him he needs to stay wrapped in cotton wool.”