Consistency the key ahead of Harrogate’s Castleford trip

hsb  Ryan Bradshaw batting for Harrogate against Barnsley.  110618M5a.
hsb Ryan Bradshaw batting for Harrogate against Barnsley. 110618M5a.

HARROGATE captain Ryan Bradshaw knows one swallow doesn’t make a summer as his side journey to Castleford tomorrow (noon start).

The St George’s Road outfit pulled off an important victory at home to Barnsley last weekend.

Bradshaw praised his troops for their all-round display which saw them move up to seventh in the Yorkshire League table.

But he wants consistency- something that has sometimes deserted his side this term.

“Against Cleethorpes we bowled really well but batted poorly,” said Bradshaw.

“But this week we bowled well, fielded well and batted well.

“We were strong in all three disciplines and that’s something we need to build on.

“Castleford have got our ex-all rounder Dominic Sharp, he’s a good player and we’ll have to be wary about him.

“Andy Bourke is there. He broke the league scoring record a couple of seasons ago, he’s a very experienced batsman.

“There’s also a chance Yorkshire spinner David Wainwright will play.

“I’ve been looking at Yorkshire’s fixtures and they play Warkwickshire mid week and then Worcestershire on Sunday.

“We’ll have to see if he drives up from Warwickshire to play on Saturday and drives down the next day.

“It will be a good test if he does. But they’ve been struggling this season and are currently fourth bottom.

“We should win but you never know.”

It’s a double header for ‘Gate who travel to Scarborough on Sunday for their twenty/20 Finals Day.

At 10.30am they take on York. Victory in that game will set up a final against the winners of Doncaster and Hull.

‘Gate’s heavy fixture schedule continued last weekend.

On Saturday spinner Dan Craven was the bowling stand out taking all six Barnsley wickets conceding 53 runs as they set a victory target of 192-6.

Vic Craven (48) and Bradshaw (82no) steadied the ship to see ‘Gate home on 194-5.

“It was the best I’ve seen Dan bowl,” added Bradshaw.

“The second innings I was really pleased with the way we batted.”

On Sunday however they were knocked out of the National Knockout in a rain affected game against Chester-Le-Street.

Batting first ‘Gate made 191-6 with Adam Pryor (63no), Vic Craven (37) and Nick Lindley (35) scoring the bulk of their runs.

Ned Hammond took 3-36 in reply but the North East Premier side won at 195-3.

In the York Senior League HARROGATE 2nds will be eyeing a comeback at home to Acomb tomorrow.

On Saturday they lost their top spot in Division One after just managing to stave off defeat at Hornsea.

The east coast outfit were all out for 224 with Hammond (4-45) in the wickets.

Geoff Baines (74) top-scored in reply but they were short on 185-9.