Ryan hails best ’Gate show

hsb  Ryan Bradshaw batting for Harrogate against Barnsley.  110618M5a.
hsb Ryan Bradshaw batting for Harrogate against Barnsley. 110618M5a.

Harrogate CC captain Ryan Bradshaw saluted Saturday’s “ruthless” victory over Rotherham Town as the best this year.

’Gate seamlessly chased down a 229-run target as they picked up maximum points on their trip to Clifton Lane.

George Ross secured the chase with 89 after spinner Andy Laws had raced through the Town order with 6-45 to bowl the hosts out for 228.

Ross also took two wickets with his own spin bowling as ’Gate enjoyed the used wicket.

“It was one of the best performances of the season. We were ruthless in all departments,” said Bradshaw.

“It was the perfect run chase. I had said one of the top order needs to get a big score and over the last weeks we have started to put plans into action.”

Laws is unavailable for this week’s clash at fourth-placed Driffield Town as he represent England Combined Universities and Bradshaw is rueing losing his primary spin option.

“Andy bowled superbly. There was pressure on him in the game on a used wicket and he had great control,” he said .

“He didn’t give much to hit and he bowled some really good deliveries. He hardly bowled a bad ball.”

’Gate thrashed Driffield by 10 wickets on the opening match of the season but Bradshaw expects a much tougher assignment when the clubs meet again this weekend.

Pace bowler Graeme Whiles should return to fitness for the clash. Hugo Peterson has recovered from a broken foot.

Bradshaw added: “Driffield will be slightly different this time around.

“It will be very difficult. They have players back in form and a good overseas.

“It’ll be nice to have Graham back. He is a bit quicker than all the rest of the lads. He gives another dimension to the squad.”

Harrogate remain in third place in the Yorkshire League behind Yorkshire Academy and front-runners York.

With the summer hitting its mid-point, Bradshaw admits it will be tough to catch the leaders.

The wicket-keeper added: “We won’t give up. It’s going to take one hell of a turnaround but we are still in touch.”

Harrogate 2nds’s slump at the bottom of York Senior League Division One continued as they were humiliated at Fenner by eight wickets.

’Gate batted for 48 overs to score just 129-8 before the home side eased to the target.