Harrogate CC extend league win run

hsb  Alexis Twigg batting for Harrogate against Cleethorpes.  (130511M5a)
hsb Alexis Twigg batting for Harrogate against Cleethorpes. (130511M5a)

Harrogate CC captain Ryan Bradshaw insists league success is his priority after a mixed weekend.

‘Gate eased past Cleethorpes by eight wickets on Saturday to extend their perfect record in the Yorskhire League.

But a youthful ‘Gate side then suffered a humiliating 210-run defeat to Durham-based Chester-le-Street on Sunday.

‘Gate head to Scarborough on Saturday before they play Sheffield United in the League Cup on Sunday.

Calum How (66) continued his imperious form with the bat against Cleethorpes as Alexis Twigg (56) and Vic Craven (40no) helped ‘Gate chase down 182.

Graham Whiles earlier took 3-28 to reduce Cleethorpes to 182-9, earning him a Yorkshire 2nd team call-up.

Bradshaw, who won the toss and sent the away side in, said: “Bowling wise, we were exceptional. It was how I like my teams to play.

“It was a professional way to knock them off.”

Bradshaw praised his opening batsman but said they were frustrated not to have finished the game off themselves.

“Both of them are in good form and conscious that when you are in form you have to score runs,” he said.

With How ineligible and Whiles away with his county, Bradshaw mixed up his side for the Chester-le-Street clash on Sunday to give youngsters a chance. But the gamble failed as Street steamrollered though ‘Gate’s order after posting 300-5 batting first.

‘Gate eventually lost by 210 runs but Bradshaw wasn’t too disheartened.

“To have competed against them we would have had to put the first team out,” he said.

“The second and third team lads can see where they are in their development. We have to keep developing the side and looking at where we are in four or five years.

“We are going to take a few hits like this on Sunday but if players can look at it and see where it went wrong it’ll be OK.We would’ve liked a cup run but we must prioritise the league.”

Ben Biker is out injured for this weekend travails and Sam Davies is struggling with a broken thumb. Whiles remains with Yorkshire and the skipper said his call-up is good news for player and club.

“He’s a good prospect for them,” added Bradshaw.

“It’s always good to have a connection with Yorkshire.”

Bradshaw expects Scarborough to put out another good side but it’s the prospect of playing at the seaside ground which excites him most.

“It is always a pleasure to go and play there,” he said. “It’s a good cricket pitch and well maintained.”

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