Harrogate CC play out another thriller but come unstuck against Academy

Harrogate CC's Eddie Wilson made a half-century against Yorkshire Academy. Picture: Caught Light Photography
Harrogate CC's Eddie Wilson made a half-century against Yorkshire Academy. Picture: Caught Light Photography

Harrogate CC were involved in another dramatic ECB Yorkshire Premier League North climax on Saturday, but ended up suffering a narrow defeat to Yorkshire Academy.

George Ross’ men bowled out York with the penultimate ball of the game last time out, but on this occasion their hosts snatched victory from the very last delivery.

The Roosters had racked up a very healthy 258/9 batting first, Eddie Wilson (51) and Ollie Horberry (51) both hitting half-centuries to help their team recover from 82/4.

Academy also batted well, and were always in the contest, but things were still in the balance heading into the last over where the home side grabbed the spoils at the last possible moment to leave their visitors empty-handed.

Tom Geeson-Brown was the pick of the ‘Gate attack, finishing up with 2-64 from his 13 overs.

Despite their improved form in recent weeks and the narrow margin of their loss, results elsewhere meant that Ross’ charges have slipped back into the relegation zone and now sit a point behind Sessay.

The Thirsk outfit lost to league leaders York by 18 runs at the weekend, but claimed four valuable points in the process.

The defending champions posted 258/6 as Chris Booth (102) smashed a ton, home skipper Mark Wilkie scooping 2-28 from 13 tight overs.

Opener Matt Till contributed 38 early in the hosts’ reply before Sessay’s middle order of Tim Hall (45), Navin Kavikara (39) and Nick Harrison (36) kept them in touch.

In the end they ran out of overs, however, closing on 240/9.