Harrogate made a confident start to their defence of their Yorkshire League North title with a purposeful batting display against Sheriff Hutton Bridge.
However, ‘Gate missed out on maximum points as the former York and District Senior League team had wickets in hand when overs ran out.
Yorkshire batsman Jonny Tattersall slotted into his new opening role with aplomb as he topscored with 92 in Harrogate’s 270-9 from their 50 overs.
The 22-year-old, who signed a short-term contract with the White Rose earlier this month, shared a 150-partnership with overseas signing Kallen Bond, who impressed with a run-a-ball 83.
From 205-1, however, ‘Gate failed to make the most of their position as the middle order wobbled against a side containing Yorkshire spinner Karl Carver.
Nick Taylor and Tom Geeson-Brown both made an early inroad in Sheriff’s reply but ‘Gate’s victory charge was halted by a splendid innings from Adam Fisher.
Harry Stow eventually bowled the home captain four runs short of his century and ended with figures of 3-39.
However, Harrogate were unable to run through Sheriff’s order and the hosts finished on 237-8.
Nevertheless, captain George Ross was happy with his side’s performance against one of the danger sides of the league.
Ross said: “Last year we didn’t bat a great deal first so it was pleasing to see that when we are put in, we can do it to a good level.
“It was good to see Jonny and the new Aussie laying down the foundations. A few of us last year were guilty of getting in and getting out and I’ve been wanting people to start getting big scores.
“To have them put on 150 set the foundations for attacking players in the middle order to put some runs on.
“We might just have more depth in the batting that we had last year.”
Nick Taylor is missing for this Saturday’s home match against Stamford Bridge while Ross is awaiting confirmation of Ben Coad’s availability.
Likely title challengers York CC started with a destructive nine-wicket win over Driffield Town with Yorkshire batsman Jack Leaning scoring an unbeaten half century.
Yorkshire Academy also made a winning start although opener Ben Ainsley was left stranded on 99 not out when their innings came to a halt at 197-8.
Knaresborough teenagaer Eddie Barnes opened the bowling and took the first wicket as the Academy bowled Easingwold out for 104 in reply.