‘Gate see off rivals Sessay to claim much-needed victory

Tom Geeson-Brown shone with both bat and ball for Harrogate CC as they overcame local rivals Sessay. Picture: Caught Light Photography
Tom Geeson-Brown shone with both bat and ball for Harrogate CC as they overcame local rivals Sessay. Picture: Caught Light Photography

Harrogate CC ended their six-game ECB Yorkshire Premier League North losing streak when they beat local rivals Sessay by 79 runs.

Roosters skipper George Ross elected to bat first after winning the toss and his decision proved to be a good one as the visitors compiled their highest total in the competition this year.

Josh Atkinson followed up last weekend’s T20 half-century against Driffield Town with another one, hitting 64 of ‘Gate’s 252/8.

Tom Geeson-Brown (51 not out) then continued his recent good form with the bat and Will Bates (42) also weighed in.

Navin Kavikara (3-37) was the pick of the Sessay attack, while Stuart Peirse scooped a brace.

Matthew Till managed 24 at the top of the order as the hosts replied, but they soon found themselves in deep trouble at 69/5.

Jacob Spencer (40) offered a ray of hope, however Harrogate seamers Ashley Griffin (5-34) and Geeson-Brown (3-61) caused all sorts of problem for the home team, who were eventually sent on their way well short of their target on 173.

Ross’ men remain in the relegation zone despite their victory, but now sit just five points behind Sessay in the league standings.