Yorkshire League: Academy batter Harrogate to ‘heaviest’ loss

NADV 1404193AM4 Harrogate CC captain Ryan Bradshaw.  Picture : Adrian Murray.(1404193AM4)
NADV 1404193AM4 Harrogate CC captain Ryan Bradshaw. Picture : Adrian Murray.(1404193AM4)

Harrogate Cricket Club endured one of the heaviest defeats in league cricket history on Saturday, at the hands of Yorkshire’s finest talents.

Harrogate were handed a 273-run thumping by Yorkshire Academy at St George’s Road, after being bowled out for just 42 runs.

The Academy plundered 315-9 in the opening innings, thanks Jordan Thompson (60) and Ryan Gibson (82), after Gate captain Ryan Bradshaw had won the toss and decided to bowl on a wet afternoon.

Ollie Driver (3-73) and Scott Huntley (3-70) were Gate’s main wicket-takers but Bradshaw only found positives in the performances of under 15 players Cameron O’Donnell and Lewis Foxton.

O’Donnell opened the bowling, while Foxton topscored with 10 in Gate’s innings.

The St George’s Road club had more than 30 players missing across the club on Saturday, and the fourth team failed to send out a team.

Bradshaw said: “Selection was an issue but our senior players didn’t produce. That was my heaviest defeat I have ever been involved in.”

Gate’s 2nd team beat Sheriff Hutton by five wickets in York Senior League Division Two North.

Rob Stanworth’s 5-35 reduced the hosts to 156all out, before George Owran (31) and Rob Taylor (39) eased Gate home.