Harrogate lose first Yorkshire League North clash after rare middle order collapse

David Foster pleads for a leg-before decision
David Foster pleads for a leg-before decision

Harrogate suffered a first defeat in the new Yorkshire League North as old foes Driffield inflicted a five-wicket defeat at St George’s Road.

A mid-order batting collapse cost ‘Gate as they failed to make the most of winning the toss on a prime batting deck.

New Zealander Dion Sanson (68) got Harrogate off to a flyer but no other player made more than 25 as Harrogate slipped from 139/2 to 226 all out.

Alec Drury caused the damage with 5/57 before brother Sam Drury led the chase for Driffield with an unbeaten 88.

Without Yorkshire paceman Ben Coad, left-arm spinner David Foster was the pick of Harrogate’s attack with 3/63.

Captain George Ross said: “We were nowhere near our best which is a rarity. We are normally a consistent side.

Driffield chased down their modest target with the loss of five wickets

Driffield chased down their modest target with the loss of five wickets

“It was a nice batting deck on a nice batting day and we got off to a good start but then just crumbled.

“We have got one of the best top sixes in the league. We trust ourselves to beat that quality of opposition if we were to play them again next week. It was just a bad day at the office.”

‘Gate bounced back immediately to reach the ECB National Knockout third round on Sunday in a 62-run win over South Yorkshire side Elsecar.

Despite the absence of Jonny Tattersall, Coad and Sanson, Harrogate smashed 305/7 from 45 with Ross (67) and Foster (64) topscoring.

Elsecar gave up the chase after losing key batsmen Paul Cummins (44) and Ainsley Swallow (45) and batted out the overs for 243/7

Former Yorkshire League rivals Sheffield Collegiate now lie in wait in the competition with a date yet to be confirmed.

This weekend, Harrogate face promoted Dunnington away before the T20 tri-series involving Hull and hosts Acomb on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Harrogate 2nds Harrogate had an excellent all-round performance from Ashley Griffin to thank as they beat Malton and Old Malton by two wickets.

His 62 held things together and with the help of Richard Burcher (34) helped the visitors reach 180-8 in reply to the home side’s total of 176 which included 53 from Tom Harrison, but was restricted by Griffin’s 4-41.