Knaresborough stalwart Jon Corcoran has paid tribute to the team’s overseas star Josh Sundberg, after Saturday’s victory over North Leeds.
The 20-year-old Melbourne native captured 6-45 as Knaresborough limited North Leeds to 169 batting first.
Sundberg then crafted an unbeaten 55 alongside Corcoran (61) and Sam Ryan (32) to steer Knaresborough over the winning line at173-4.
“Josh is a thinking cricketer, he has a real cricketer’s brain,” said Corcoran.
“He’s a left arm spinner that bats a bit and he’s got both runs and wickets for us this year.
“He bowls incredibly tight, doesn’t give the batsman any room to score runs, and he’s just fitted into the side really well.
“It was a great result on Saturday. It looked a bit unlikely when the overs became uneven. We lost three wickets and were 21-3 but thought we’d have a go.
“Josh and myself batted well and then Josh and Sam finished it off.
“To get 170 from 22 overs really felt like a proper win. Those are the games that you have to win.”
The Aussie’s contribution is just part of the success story at Aspin Lane this year, which has seen the side occupy the top spot in Aire Wharfe Division Two most weeks.
The blend of young teenage stars and a couple of experienced heads working together for a second season is proving a winning combination.
“Josh isn’t the key component for success here, he’s one of a number of key components,” said Corcoran.
“We are a young side this year, a lot of 16 to 20 year-olds plus myself and Mike Baxandall.
“The good thing this year is that everyone’s a year older and playing as a unit.
“We’re lucky to have real strength in depth at the moment, people from the second team can play in the firsts, and vice versa.
“We’re a strong all-round side.”
Now the plan is to keep it going away at mid-table Ilkley on Saturday.
“Ilkley are a mid-table side but they beat Thackley on Saturday who are second,” Corcoran said.
“I think we’re going there pretty confident and they’ll know that, we’d expect to get the bulk of points.
“We’ll have a similar side out so we’ve got to keep it going.”
Richard Geary is unavailable for the Ilkley match but Paul Startin returns.