Owram targets Premier status

hsb  Ben Biker bowling for Harrogate against Yorkshire Academy.  110507M4a.
hsb Ben Biker bowling for Harrogate against Yorkshire Academy. 110507M4a.

HARROGATE 2nds captain George Owram has guided his side to the top of York Senior Division One- but the skipper doesn’t want to stop there.

With nearly half the season through ‘Gate are in a prime position for a promotion push to the Premier Division.

Saturday’s victory over Clifton Alliance 2nds moved them to the summit and Owram is desperate to stay there.

However he knows they face a stern test in the coming months to reach the promised land.

“It won’t be easy, I’ve said this before there are no easy games in this division,” he said.

“I think the position we are in at the moment we’ve got to be aiming at going up to the Premier Division and that will be our goal.

“It would be great to get there. We’d be a second team playing against many first teams but it will be good for the future of the club.

“Like I said at the start of the season the aim has always been to close the gap between first team and second team cricket.

“That was our ambition and that’s one of the encouraging signs to come out of this season.”

On Saturday ‘Gate moved to the top of the pile after posting 254-5 through Matt Ingham (64no), Ned Hammond (46) and John Proud (46).

Clifton gave it a good shot in reply closing on 231-7 but Rob Stanworth’s 6-93 helped peg them back.

Meanwhile in the Yorkshire League ‘Gate’s first team will be eyeing a response after being beaten by Cleethorpes on Saturday.

There was also added disappointment a day later when their trip to Scarborough was washed out despite the side racking up a hefty 276 with the bat.

Tomorrow they welcome Barnsley, and then on Sunday make the trip to Chester-le-Street in the National Knockout on Sunday afternoon (1pm).

On Saturday ‘Gate did the hard work by bowling out the home side for just 136. Ben Biker (5-20) the pick of the bowlers.

Nick Lindley made 39 in reply but ultimately ‘Gate were all out for 104.

On Sunday they travelled to Scarborough for their Yorkshire League Knockout Cup clash.

‘Gate batted well to make 276 all out before the rain cut short ‘Boro’s (1-2) reply.