Three Harrogate CC batsmen hit half-centuries in vain during Driffield CC defeat

Three Harrogate CC batsmen hit half-centuries, though it wasn’t enough to save their side from a 57-run defeat at Driffield in ECB Yorkshire Premier League North.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 10:10 am
Harrogate CC 1st XI opening batsman Henry Thompson was in the runs once again. Picture: Richard Bown

For the second week in succession the Roosters came up short having been left chasing a sizeable first-innings total as their hosts posted 314/8 from their 50 overs.

Ishan Abeysekara and Robert Horbury each took three wickets, though the men from St George’s Road were always going to be up against it in reply.

Skipper Will Bates led by example, hitting 77 alongside opener Henry Thompson, who followed up his opening-day century with a knock of 50.

Ross Sedgley then weighed in with 53, but with the run-rate slowing, ‘Gate were eventually bowled out on 257.

Harrogate’s 2nd XI fared better, securing a comfortable home win against Thirsk in Division One West of the York Senior League.

Brian John Fenwick (51), George Owram (47) and Sanjay Mani (41) all batted well to steer the hosts to 211/9.

But it was Charlie Stokes who turned out to be the star of the show as he claimed 6-32 to help get rid of Thirsk for 149.

Off-spinner Dominic Bradburne also effected a trio of dismissals, while Harry Collinson struck 57 for the away team.

Elsewhere in the division, Knaresborough made light work of Sessay 2nds.

Tom Metcalfe helped himself to 4-25 as the visitors were sent packing with just 113 on the board.

Dave Girling’s quick-fire 36 not out then got Knaresborough over the line in the 21st over for the loss of just two wickets.

Thorp Arch & Boston Spa endured an afternoon to forget after being skittled for 65 by Easingwold.

Sam Smith with 34 was the only home player to reach double figures before the visitors wrapped the game up inside 10 overs, losing only one wicket.

In Galtres Division Two, Pannal edged a low-scoring affair at Sheriff Hutton Bridge 3rds.

Moses John’s 3-23 helped restrict the hosts to 137/7 before Dom Burnett and Carl Wilson both made it to 31 as the away team crept to 138/6 with five balls to spare.

David White smacked a run-a-ball 80 for Bilton In Ainsty in their total of 184/9, but his efforts proved in vain as David Artendale (45) steered Knaresborough 2nds to a three-wicket win.