The world’s best batsman was present, but it was Harrogate’s own Yorkshire star Jonny Tattersall who took the plaudits in Sunday’s victory at Sheffield Collegiate.
One day after helping England wrap up the Ashes, Joe Root swapped roles with brother Billy to bring the drinks out for Collegiate in their clash with Harrogate on Sunday.
Billy had performed the 12th man duty during the fourth Test at Trent Bridge, handing his older brother a drink on his way to a match-winning century.
The roles were reversed at Abbeydale on Sunday, as Billy took the attack to Harrogate’s bowlers with a half century.
But despite the star turn, Harrogate ensured it was not a week of joy for the Root family as their own bright spark Jonny Tattersall led them to a comfortable win.
The Yorkshire second team player took his run tally for the season past the 1,000 mark as he made an unbeaten 74 to help Gate surpass Sheffield’s 236.
‘Gate captain George Ross also made a run-a-ball half-century, while David Foster compiled 44.
Ross said: “I was very happy with the win. It was as well as we have batted all year.
“The pitch was spitting for the spinners, so to chase it down that positively was a really good achievement.”
Tattersall has thrived since Ross moved him down to number three at the start of the summer.
The 19-year-old has notched nine half centuries and two tons in the 22 matches he has played in a Harrogate shirt this season.
However, opportunities to shine in a Yorkshire shirt have been limited of late for Tattersall, but Ross believes his chance will come with the weight of runs scored.
He added: “You can never score enough runs, no matter what standard of cricket you are playing.
“If you’re scoring runs, you can’t do your chances any harm.
“He’s scoring runs in a quality league, so I’m sure it is getting noticed.”
Sunday’s victory came 24 hours after defeat a three-wicket defeat at Castleford.
Ross scored 67 and took two wickets but Gate failed to defend 225.
Doncaster Town head to St George’s Road this Saturday.