Harrogate CC captain Ryan Bradshaw bemoaned a depleted strike attack after his side lost at Sheffield Collegiate by 53 runs.
Bradshaw could call upon only three frontline bowlers for the trip to Sheffield.
Hugo Peterson, Sam Davies (both injured), Ollie Driver and George Ross (away) all missed the class leaving Vic Craven, Graeme Whiles and Andy Laws as the only recognised bowlers.
Collegiate took full advantage and smashed 292-9, Craven and Laws both taking four wickets.
’Gate then lost four wickets in a costly 20 minute period before Alexis Twigg and Bradshaw hit half-centuries.
Collegiate eventually dismissed them for 239.
“They wouldn’t have scored that many if we had our full compliment,” said Bradshaw.
“You can’t get away with it in the Yorkshire League.”
’Gate dropped behind Driffield to fourth in the table but Bradshaw reckons his side can still hit second.
“We are pretty driven to finishing second,” the captain added.
“Yorkshire Academy are struggling with players at the England U-19s. We have to keep going.”
Harrogate face another trip to the steel city on Saturday when they play bottom side Sheffield United.