‘Gate ease past Driffield to secure place at T20 Blast finals day

Josh Atkinson was in fine form with the bat as Harrogate CC cruised to a T20 Blast victory over Driffield Town. Picture: Caught Light Photography
Josh Atkinson was in fine form with the bat as Harrogate CC cruised to a T20 Blast victory over Driffield Town. Picture: Caught Light Photography

Harrogate CC put their league woes behind them as they booked a place at T20 Blast finals day courtesy of a victory over Driffield Town.

George Ross’ men have tasted defeat in each of their last ECB Yorkshire Premier League North outings, but were in fine form at St George’s Road on Sunday, easing to a comfortable nine-wicket success.

The withdrawal from the competition of Yorkshire Academy meant that what should have been a three-team affair in Group C was in effect a straight knock-out for a place in the last four.

Tom Geeson-Brown (5-30) became the first bowler to take five wickets in an innings in this year’s competition as the visitors were dismissed for 133, Nicky Johnson Driffield’s top-scorer with 26.

‘Gate openers Josh Atkinson (68) and skipper Ross (53 not out) then batted superbly, setting a new first-wicket partnership record of 123 and laying the foundations for a victory that was sealed with more than three overs to spare as the hosts cantered to 137/1.

The Roosters have been drawn against Woodhouse Grange in their semi-final clash at North Marine Road, Scarborough on July 1, with the winners of that tie to tackle whoever comes out on top of the clash between Acomb and York in the final.