Harrogate face ‘weekend from hell’

hsb  Ryan Bradshaw batting for Harrogate against Barnsley.  110618M5a.
hsb Ryan Bradshaw batting for Harrogate against Barnsley. 110618M5a.
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On Saturday, Harrogate are on the road to Scarborough in the ECB Yorkshire League.

They take a trip to the edge of Newcastle to play Blaydon in the the National Knockout a day later.

Finally, a journey to South Yorkshire to tackle Sheffield United awaits on Monday.

“It’s the weekend from hell,” said Bradshaw.

“But out of the three games, the two league ones are our priority.”

Opening bat Alexis Twigg broke his finger last weekend and is out of Harrogate’s Bank holiday programme.

Twigg is replaced by second team skipper Andy Hawkswell.

In other team news, Driver is away on Monday and is replaced by Richard Burcher.

Leaders Harrogate currently boast a six-point gap over second-placed Barnsley.

On Saturday, they put rivals Cleethorpes to the sword.

Ollie Driver was again the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-43 as Cleethorpes were restricted to 221-7, Ben Biker (2-29) doing his bit.

Alexis Twigg (40) and David Orange (70) then laid the foundation in reply with a 66-run opening stand.

Vic Craven (67no) saw Harrogate home three wickets down.

On Sunday, Harrogate moved through to the next round of the National Knockout with a 39-run win over Marton.

Craven (97), Bradshaw (50) and Andy Hawkeswell (45) saw them up to 267 all out. Sam Davies then took 4-29 as the hosts were just short on 228 all out.

Meantime, Harrogate 2nds welcome Sewerby this Saturday in Division One of the Senior League.

They lost to Hull Zingari at the weekend, despite Will Bates’ 118 not out carrying them to 254-4.

Elsewhere at St George’s Road, Yorkshire Ladies have two important games to get their teeth into.

They start on Sunday with a fixture against Somerset.

On Monday, Sussex are the visitors (both 11am start, free entry). A number of England internationals are set to play.