Double delight for high-flying Roosters

Harrogate CC captain George Ross showed good form with the bat to help lead his side to two victories in the space of 24 hours. Picture: Caught Light Photography
Harrogate CC captain George Ross showed good form with the bat to help lead his side to two victories in the space of 24 hours. Picture: Caught Light Photography
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Harrogate CC continued their superb start to the 2017 season with two wins in as many days at the weekend.

On Saturday, the men from St George’s Road beat both the bad weather and struggling Easingwold to record a nine-wicket success that cemented their place at the top of ECB Yorkshire Premier League North.

And just 24 hours later, the Roosters were also victorious in their Black Sheep Champions Trophy clash with Airedale & Wharfedale League champions and local rivals Beckwithshaw.

Spinner Nick Taylor set Harrogate on their way at Easingwold with a fine spell of bowling that saw him remove the home side’s top four for the cost of just 21 runs.

Finding themselves 44/4, the hosts rallied somewhat before Australian Kallen Bond reduced them to 79/5 in the 28th over, rain then forcing the players off.

They were soon back out on a damp playing surface, however, and Bond struck again almost immediately after the resumption.

Matty Turnbull’s knock of 35 not out helped Easingwold reach 110/6 in the 37th over but the heavens then opened again, sending the teams back into the pavilion for a prolonged period.

With the covers eventually removed, the Duckworth-Lewis method saw Harrogate set a revised target of 122 to win in 31 overs.

The visitors needed just 13.2 of those to make it to 125/1, Jonny Tattersall making an unbeaten 55 and fellow opener George Ross hitting 41.

On Sunday, skipper Ross was again in decent form with the bat, scoring 62 not out in addition to Josh Atkinson’s 50 and an unbeaten 48 from Bond as ‘Gate again triumphed by nine wickets.

Earlier, Steve Bullen had hit an excellent half-century for Beckwithshaw, as knocks from George Myers (34) and Ross Sedgley (28) helped the away team to 135/2 and a strong start.

Alex Lilley’s side then collapsed, however, and were all out for 166 as Bond claimed 3-32 and Tom Geeson-Brown 3-36.