Harrogate CC skipper Ryan Bradshaw fears the Yorkshire League title is slipping out of touch.
Bradshaw’s squad thrashed Hull on Saturday thanks to Calum How’s unbeaten century.
But they lost ground on league leaders York a day later when they fell to a high-scoring six-wicket defeat against second-placed Yorkshire Academy. The gap is now 17 points.
“Trying to win the league now is going to be difficult,” said Bradshaw.
“That’s half way through. It’s completely out of our hands. We need York to slip up but they don’t tend to lose much.”
Alexis Twigg fired 115 not out against the Academy but Ryan Gibson’s fine 139 saw the away side to ’Gate’s 240-3 target.
Bradshaw said: “They batted well. I can’t be too critical. We were just outplayed.”
Sam Davies poached five wickets against Hull to dismiss them for 167, which How helped ease to with 102 not out.
Bradshaw added: “We talked about the top order not getting hundreds. Calum and Alexis put it into practice. We are moving in the right direction.”
’Gate visit bottom club Rotherham on Saturday.