Big-hitter Craven eyes batting record

hsb   Vic Craven.  110507M3l.
hsb Vic Craven. 110507M3l.

HARROGATE’S Vic Craven, pictured right, can equal an impressive ECB Yorkshire League batting record if he strikes another hundred tomorrow.

A three-figure score for the allrounder would see him join John Inglis and Ian Dews as the only batsmen to make three tons in consecutive innings.

His skipper Ryan Bradshaw is hoping he rewrites the history books at home to Rotherham (noon start).

“If the weather stays like this it will be another good pitch, he’ll have no better chance to do it,” he said.

Craven’s wonderful form helped propel ‘Gate past Yorkshire Academy on Saturday.

Their opponents batted first after a rain interruption which turned the fixture in a timed match.

The Academy made 221-2 in a side that showcased many players from the local area.

Jonathon Tattersall, Dave Girling (both Knaresborough), Alex Lilley (Beckwithshaw), James Wainman (Bardsey) and Dan Coad (Studley Royal) all featured.

But the experience of Craven (130no) proved too much as ‘Gate pulled through on 222-5.

Bradshaw is eyeing another successful weekend.

“We’ve got Rotherham in the league on Saturday and then Doncaster in the cup on Sunday,” he continued.

“We had a good game against Rotherham last year when we needed four to win off the final ball and their wicketkeeper let the ball through his legs when he was on the boundary.

“Their coach is Arnie Sidebottom so they will be a well drilled side.”

Sunday’s clash will see ‘Gate attempt to make it an early season double over Doncaster in the Yorkshire League Knockout (home, noon start).

Bradshaw will be hoping to build on Sunday’s cup exploits. They easily beat York Senior League outfit Easingwold to move into the next round of the National Knockout.

Youngster Ashley Griffin (3-30) was the pick of the bowlers to restrict Easingwold to 172-5. Adam Pryor (57), Alexis Twigg (51) helped ‘Gate home on 178-3. Stockton now await them.