‘Gate skipper urges ‘no panic’ despite York loss

hsb  Ryan Bradshaw batting for Harrogate against Sheffield.  (130601M4a)
hsb Ryan Bradshaw batting for Harrogate against Sheffield. (130601M4a)

Harrogate CC captain Ryan Bradshaw insists panic won’t set in amongst his squad despite two ‘disappointing’ defeats to rivals York at the weekend.

York dismantled ‘Gate’s order with their spinners on Saturday before talented batsman Jack Leaning struck a century to coast home in the top of the table clash.

The Yorkshire League leaders than arrived at St George’s Road on Sunday in the same rich vein of form to batter Harrogate in a Twenty20.

Bradshaw’s men then lost to Scarborough over the shorter format to compound their agony.

This week ‘Gate host Castleford on Saturday before they match up against Yorkshire Academy away in a League Cup tie on Sunday.

Bradshaw said: “We have to take how we felt on Saturday and turn it into a positive to get back on track.

“It is not panic stations yet. We know we are a good side.”

Bradshaw was missing spinning all-rounders George Ross and Andy Laws for the York trip and it proved decisive.

Vic Craven topscored with 38 but ‘Gate succumbed to York’s attack as they were bowled out for 167.

‘Gate then reduced the home side to 30-3 but Leaning smashed 109 off 90 balls to win the clash.

“We sorely missed those three,” added Bradshaw.

“We missed the mid-order runs and then missed their spin bowling. The disappointing thing is that our best team wasn’t playing theirs.

“All we have to do is move on. There are still teams in the league that can beat York. There’s still a long way to go.

“We have to beat them at Harrogate when they come to ours.”

Bradshaw admitted he would give second teamers a shot at cup glory again on Sunday as he looks to give players experience of higher level cricket.

Yorkshire Academy could field Knaresborough teenager Jonny Tattersall amongst their ranks.

“We are using the cup to use the second team and give the lads experience,” Bradshaw said.

“They are always going to be a decent side as they can pick the best young players from across Yorkshire. But we will try and put pressure on the young lads.

“They may have all the talent but they wont be used to that as much.”

Harrogate’s second team slipped onto the bottom of York Senior League Division One as they fell to a heavy defeat at Folkton & Flixton.

Flixton had three players pass their half centuries as they flashed 296-6 batting first.

Harrogate were then outplayed as the home side’s bowlers ran through the order to bowl them out for 119.

George Owram (36) and Rob Taylor (27) were the only batsman to offer some resistance.

‘Gate travel to fifth-placed Sessay next Saturday.