Harrogate CC's king of spin Ishan Abeysekara grabs sensational nine-wicket haul during win at Easingwold CC

Sri Lankan spinner Ishan Abeysekara took nine wickets for Harrogate CC as they mauled Easingwold. Picture: Simon DobsonSri Lankan spinner Ishan Abeysekara took nine wickets for Harrogate CC as they mauled Easingwold. Picture: Simon Dobson
Sri Lankan spinner Ishan Abeysekara took nine wickets for Harrogate CC as they mauled Easingwold. Picture: Simon Dobson
Two Harrogate CC 1st XI batsmen smashed centuries during Saturday’s emphatic 176-run victory at Easingwold, but their achievements were not even the most noteworthy of the afternoon.

Overseas ace Ishan Abeysekara ended up being the star of the show, producing a stunning display of bowling as he helped himself to no fewer than nine wickets.

The Sri Lankan spinner’s return of 9-30 sent the home side packing for just 135 after they had reached 83 without loss prior to him wreaking havoc with the ball.

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Earlier, Isaac Light (117) and Henry Thompson (110) had moved Harrogate into a position of real dominance with a fine second-wicket partnership of 244, paving the way for the men from St George’s Road to reach 311/6 from their 50 overs.

Isaac Light hit 16 fours and three sixes during his 109-ball knock of 117 for Harrogate CC. Picture: Richard BownIsaac Light hit 16 fours and three sixes during his 109-ball knock of 117 for Harrogate CC. Picture: Richard Bown
Isaac Light hit 16 fours and three sixes during his 109-ball knock of 117 for Harrogate CC. Picture: Richard Bown

Victory leaves ‘Gate fifth in the Yorkshire Premier League North Premier Division standings, where they sit a couple of places better off than Sessay.

The Thirsk outfit recorded their second win of the season, on the road at Hull Zingari.

Ben Kettlewell was the pick of the away attack, bagging 3-27 as the hosts were restricted to 158/6 in 50 overs.

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Skipper Mark Jackson (47) and Joe Watson (37) then laid the foundations for a successful run-chase, helping Sessay to 161/8 with six overs to spare.

Sunday saw both sides switch their attentions from their respective league campaigns, with Harrogate in 40-over action against Stamford Bridge in round one of the K3 Dental Cup.

Having been asked to field first, Will Bates and his men found themselves tasked with overhauling a total of 197/8.

Abeysekara again returned the best figures of the ‘Gate bowlers, claiming 2-27, while Craig Broadley took 2-33.

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Bates led by example when the hosts took their turn at the crease, weighing in with a knock of 71 before Jack Shutt (63 not out) guided them across the line just four wickets down with an over in hand.

Sessay also enjoyed a successful afternoon, qualifying from Group Three of the Yorkshire Premier League North T20 competition in first place after beating Sheriff Hutton Bridge and losing to Easingwold.

Red-hot Knaresborough continue to shine in Championship West, making it seven triumphs out of seven this term when they got the better of Carlton Towers.

Andy Ward (4-17) and Oliver Fryer (3-21) did most of the damage to help dispatch the away side for just 106.

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The league leaders did not have things all their own way in reply, but made it to 107/6 in 38.1 overs, captain Greg Pickles top-scoring with 27.

Harrogate 2nds remain well-placed in third spot following their comfortable success over struggling Thirsk.

Jordan Sleightholme was once again in good form with the willow in hand, making 82 of the Roosters’ 186/4, while Sam Ambler added 39 not out.

Josh Neilson struck 47 when Thirsk responded, though an excellent five-wicket haul for Rob Stanworth ensured that they did not progress beyond 104 all out.

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Fifth-placed Studley Royal had too much for Whitkirk, beating them by a seven-wicket margin.

Rob Nicholson claimed 3-34 as the visitors put 168/8 on the board.

Half-centuries from Matt Baker (78 not out) and Billy Armitstead (71) then steered Studley to 170/3 in 32.2 overs.

Bilton-in-Ainsty drop to eighth following their home loss to York 2nds.

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The Frogs were dismissed on 164 having been put into bat, Will Bartlett top-scoring with 37.

And despite a brace of scalps apiece for Samar Farooq, Matthew Ross and Francis Kinsella in a game which went right down to the final over, the visitors reached their victory target with five balls remaining.

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