Yorkshire League North: Excited Harrogate unsure of unknown quantity Acomb

Harrogate captain George Ross was left frustrated by the wet weather at St George's Road last week
Harrogate captain George Ross was left frustrated by the wet weather at St George's Road last week

Harrogate Cricket Club will try and get their season underway at the second time of asking with a step into the unknown at Acomb on Saturday.

Acomb were the surprise package of the York and District Senior League last season and claimed promotion into the Yorkshire League North after finishing third in the Premier Division.

Brothers Matt and Joe Dale are the York club’s hottest properties and will be the prize wickets for the Harrogate attack.

“We are excited to see what Acomb have in store for us,” said Harrogate captain George Ross.

“In the first few weeks, all the promoted teams will want to beat the ex-Yorkshire League teams so we have to be wary of them.

“I don’t know much about them at all, so they’re an unknown quantity, but that could stand in our favour going into it with an open mind.”

Harrogate were left frustrated by the rain clouds last weekend as their opening match against Woodhouse Grange was a wash-out, while rivals York and Driffield Town collected maximum points.

The players waited at St George’s Road hoping for a miraculous recovery to the outfield but wet patches remained.

A frustrated Ross said: “We did try and battle on to get some play but unfortunately it was just too wet.

“The run-ups were like a muddy football pitch. We were just in the wrong part of Yorkshire.”

Only two matches were completed across the York and District divisions on Saturday, leading to complaints that the league should have cancelled its first weekend.

A league statement said: “The overriding feeling was that it would be extremely difficult to move an entire fixture list as large as ours to another day later in the season that would obviously have to be either a bank holiday Monday or a Sunday.

“There was also a strong viewpoint that if the fixture list were to be moved towards the end of the season teams with little or nothing to play for may find it difficult to fulfil fixtures due to lack of player availability.

“Therefore the possibility of a promotion or relegation may be decided directly by a conceded match.”

This Saturday, Studley Royal host Heworth in the YDSCL Premier, while Sessay visit Easingwold.

In Galtres Division Two, Wetherby will meet neighbours Tadcaster Magnet in a hotly-anticipated derby at Grange Park.

Pannal will get their season under way officially at Hovingham, while Thorp Arch and Boston Spa visit Sessay 2nds.

Thirsk host Easingwold 2nds and Ripon visit Sheriff Hutton Bridge 2nds.