Cricket: Bowl-out takes Harrogate through in National Knock-out

NADV 1404193AM5 Harrogate CC V Sheffield. George Ross Picture : Adrian Murray.(1404193AM5)
NADV 1404193AM5 Harrogate CC V Sheffield. George Ross Picture : Adrian Murray.(1404193AM5)

Harrogate had nerves of steel to win a tense bowl out and progress past Newcastle-side Benwell Hill in the National Knockout Competition.

Rain cancelled any prospect of play on Sunday after Gate had travelled the 80 miles north. And at 5pm, a bowl-out was agreed to decided the outcome.

Opening bowler Ashley Griffin was the hero as he struck the stumps twice, while George Ross and Jonny Tattersall were also on target.

Benwell only managed to hit the stumps twice as Harrogate progressed 4-2 in the shootout.

Captain Ryan Bradshaw said: “It was a long old day but we were glad to get through.”

Harrogate will play Hetton Lyons of the North East Premier League, the same division as Benwell Hill, in the second round on May 11.

Rain also played its part as Bradshaw’s men maintained a perfect start to their Yorkshire League campaign at Barnsley on Saturday.

Teenager Jonathan Tattersall smashed 59 opening the batting before further contributions from George Ross (37) and Andy Hawkswell (39) led Gate to 183-6 from a reduced 34 overs.

Spinner Andy Laws then took 4-20 from seven overs as Barnsley folded for 103 in their run chase.

Overseas medium pacer Scott Huntley also grabbed his first victims for the club, with 2-18 from seven.

Full of confidence, Bradshaw and his merry men will look to make it a hat-trick of wins when Rotherham Town come to St George’s Road this Saturday.

Driffield Town will then arrive 48 hours later on Bank Holiday Monday.

“It’s going to be a tough weekend,” added Bradshaw.

“Driffield are jam-packed with batting and Rotherham are usually a pretty decent side. We will use a new track and hopefully that will benefit everyone, batsman, pace bowlers and spinners.”

Harrogate CC’s second string could not maintain a perfect start in York Senior League Division Two North at home on Saturday.

Having beaten Ripon on the opening Sunday last week, Gate failed to chase down Pocklington’s total of 201-9 as they fell 50 runs short.

Louis Foxton was the star with the ball as he claimed 5-39. Captain Nick Taylor (50) led the chase and wicketkeeper Rob Taylor also hit 35.

Rob Stanworth scored 31 batting with the tail but his dismissal ended Gate’s hopes.

The Harrogate side head to Dringhouses on Saturday.