Wily Graeme rocks Castleford after downpour halts ’Gate charge

hsb  Hugo Peterson batting for Harrogate against Sheffield.  (130601M4c)
hsb Hugo Peterson batting for Harrogate against Sheffield. (130601M4c)
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Rain disrupted Harrogate CC’s attempts to beat old enemy York on Saturday.

But they bounced back on Bank Holiday Monday to put Castleford to the sword thanks to the destructive bowling arm of Graeme Whiles.

Calum How (69) and Alexis Twigg (65) shared an opening stand of 140 as ‘Gate thrashed 256-9 from 48 overs at home to York.

But, with the visitors pegged at 51-2, and Yorkshire youngster Jack Leaning back in the pavilion, the rain fell to crush thoughts of victory against the champions.

Whiles took two wickets against York, and his form carried through to Monday’s fixture at Castleford.

Vic Craven (63) and Andy Hawkswell (48) hit ‘Gate to 192-9 before Whiles grabbed 6-23 to bowl Cas’ out for 130.

Captain Ryan Bradshaw hailed the seamer for adapting his bowling to the dusty pitch.

“It showed how well he bowled to get six wickets. It was not a fast bowler’s pitch,” he said.

“He bowled a lot of slower balls and cutters. He’s becoming a much more mature bowler.”

The win left Harrogate clear in third place of the Yorkshire League, after fourth-placed Driffield lost to Doncaster Town and Cleethorpes over the weekend.

“We have three games left and we want to win all three,” added Bradshaw.

“Yorkshire Academy are 20 points clear so we might not finish second, but we want to get third.”

Bowlers Hugo Peterson, Sam Davies and Ollie Driver should return for the trip to Hull on Saturday.