Yorkshire League Cricket

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

His side are still unbeaten in the Yorkshire League this season and skipper Ryan Bradshaw wants to keep the pressure on at home to Cleethorpes on Saturday (noon start).

Harrogate endured a frustrating time at the crease last weekend, having to settle for a draw after a downpour at Yorkshire Academy.

“We started on time then we bowled the first over and there was a massive downpour and we went off for an hour,” said Bradshaw.

“The rules change at the point; either we had to knock them off, or they had to bowl us out. Neither happened so it ended in a draw.

“It was a bit annoying but we’re still top. It’s just a bit frustrating that York won and picked up eight points and so did most of the other teams near us.

“It narrows the gap a bit but we’re still up there.

“Saturday was a bit of a non-event but the main thing is we’ve not been beaten all season. That’s our main focus.”

Academy made 212-6 batting first, Vic Craven claiming 3-39. Harrogate then reached 144-8 with Craven crafting 43 and Alexis Twigg 43 before the match was declared a rain-affected draw.

And so it’s on to Saturday, where Harrogate will seek to make up a bit of lost ground at home to Cleethorpes.

“Cleethorpes are a very good side. At their place we had a really good game earlier this season so hopefully we can reproduce that,” said Bradshaw.

“They have a good overseas in Graham Hulme, and five or six good league players. Bill Kirby’s been scoring a lot of runs for many years so we’ll have to watch out for him.

“They won the league a few years ago so we know it’ll be tough but we’ll be confident of getting something from it

“We’ll have a full strength side out, and we’ll have Alex Lilley back from his stint as England’s 12 man too.”

After his time on England duty, Lilley was also named in Yorkshire’s CB40squad for Tuesday’s game against Warwickshire Bears and also in Thursday’s squad to visit Northahamptonshire Steelbacks.

“It’s great for the club, but great we get him back too,” said Bradshaw.

“Sam Biker also keeps his place.”

Meantime Harrogate 2nds picked up a win in their York Senior League Division One game against Heworth.

Charlie Parker took 3-72 as Heworth closed at 213-6.

George Owram (71) and Graham Francis (76no) then carried Harrogate home at 214-4 to leave them sitting sixth in the table.