Harrogate CC recorded a much-needed win, beating Whitley Hall in thrilling fashion to progress to round three of the Yorkshire Leagues Knock Out Cup.
The Roosters have lost four of their opening five ECB Premier League North fixtures to date, but their batsmen found some fluency at St George’s Road on Sunday, chasing down an imposing first innings score of 293/7 to secure victory in the final over of the game.
Hall, who play their cricket in Premier League South, won the toss and elected to bat first in glorious sunshine.
Opener Neil Longhurst made that decision look a good one, smashing 142 from just 110 balls to guide the visitors to a commanding position at the halfway stage of proceedings, despite 3-24 from ‘Gate seamer Tom Geeson-Brown.
Skipper George Ross (42), Eddie Wilson (23) and Jack Potticary (20) got the hosts off to a solid start in reply before Will Bates (78) and Josh Atkinson (63) took over.
The match entered the final over with Harrogate still just short of their target, but a knock of 28 from Harry Stothard helped them over the line at 297/5 with three balls to spare.
The Roosters return to league action on Saturday when they host Castleford, noon start.