‘Gate too good for title rivals York

Harrogtae CC skipper George Ross was in the runs again to lead his side to a crucial victory over York. Picture: Caught Light Photography
Harrogtae CC skipper George Ross was in the runs again to lead his side to a crucial victory over York. Picture: Caught Light Photography

Harrogate CC landed a huge early blow in the ECB Yorkshire Premier League North title race, beating rivals York by 55 runs at St George’s Road on Saturday.

Victory for the Roosters sees them open up a 10-point gap at the top of the table after six consecutive wins thus far in 2017.

Having lost the toss and been put into bat, ‘Gate posted 248/3 from 42 overs despite their innings being interrupted by a downpour.

Josh Atkinson made 24 before being dismissed, but his opening partner George Ross finished unbeaten on 78, continuing his excellent recent form with the willow in hand.

Australian Kallen Bond hit 10 boundaries in a 61-ball knock of 62, while wicketkeeper Eddie Wilson contributed a quickfire 40.

The Duckworth-Lewis Method saw York set a revised target on 268 to win the game due to their hosts’ impressive run-rate, and openers Tom Brooks (66) and Duncan Snell (40) got their chase off to a good start.

The visitors ended up well short in the end, however, paceman Tom Geeson-Brown’s 3-37 helping restrict them to 212/7 at the close.

‘Gate return to action on Bank Holiday Monday when they travel to Driffield Town, looking to record a seventh victory in seven.