Could Yorkshire CCC star uproot Gate’s title charge?

Yorks v Leicester''Picture by Neil Silk  121816a'02/05/12
Yorks v Leicester''Picture by Neil Silk 121816a'02/05/12

Harrogate captain Ryan Bradshaw is crossing his fingers and toes one Yorkshire starlet isn’t given permisson to play for his home town club on Saturday.

Opening batter Joe Root, who has a double county hundred to his name this season, started his career at Sheffield Collegiate.

There’s a chance he could feature against Harrogate when they travel south this weekend.

If he does he will come up against a visiting bowling attack who are white-hot at the moment.

Former Yorkshire man Vic Craven took a superb 6-25 against Doncaster Town on Saturday, skittling out the South Yorkshire side for just 85.

David Orange (34) and Craven (50no) saw them through for a comfortable win in reply.

“Sheffield have been improving as the season has progressed,” said Bradshaw.

“They were rock bottom at one stage but they’ve moved up to mid-table. Like I said to the team on Saturday, it doesn’t matter who you are playing. Even if you are playing a team like Hull who are down there, they still have one or two decent players, and some ex county players. All you need is for one of them to come off and it changes the game.

“We’ve got to prepare for every team the same. I’ll be keeping a close eye on whether Yorkshire have got a fixture, if they don’t they might release Joe Root for a game, but we’ll prepare for that and be ready.”

On Sunday, ‘Gate were ruthless against Hull, with Craven (4-40) and Sam Davies (3-12) doing the damage. Grant McCarthy (57no) top scored to pull them through for a five-wicket win.

On Sunday, Harrogate welcome Scarborough in the Yorkshire League Cup.

Yorkshire league (top six)

P Pts

Harrogate CC 16 97

Barnsley CC 16 84

York CC 16 83

Yorkshire Academy CC 16 74

Rotherham Town CC 16 70

Driffield Town CC 16 62