Wet weather puts skids under York Cricket Club's victory bid
Updated 10:53am Monday 12th May 2014 in Sport
Head bowed Doncaster batsman Graeme Attenborough walks away after being caught behind bowled by Glen Richmond
YORK were left frustrated as rain and a saturated outfield forced the abandonment of their Solly Sports Yorkshire ECB County Premier Cricket League game at home to Doncaster Town.
The home side had dominated what play was possible at Clifton Park, reducing their opponents to 63-7.
Captain Daniel Woods, with an unfavourable weather forecast uppermost in his thoughts, put the visitors in to bat.
Glen Richmond took little time in rewarding his skipper’s decision, wicketkeeper Liam McKendry diving forward to an edge that just carried to dismiss former Yorkshire batsman Simon Widdup in the second over.
The same combination accounted for the visitors' other opener, Graeme Attenborough, who was guilty of playing a loose drive to a wide delivery outside off stump.
A score of 17-2 became 17-3 ten balls later when Stuart Guy edged a delivery from Ben Coad to York’s Australian debutant Travis Ilka, who took a straightforward catch at gully.
Coad picked up a second wicket, trapping Felix Odell lbw in his next over to leave the visitors reeling on 20-4.
There was brief respite for the batting side as James Stuart and skipper Alex Gosney steadied things with a stand of 27.
However, when Woods dismissed Stuart lbw with the first ball of his spell and Ryan Capstick suffered the same fate in his next over, the home attack were well on top.
Tom Pringle got in on the act, bowling Charlie Allen to make the score 59-7.
The total had moved on to 63 when heavy rain drove the players from the field and intermittent showers hindered the mopping up operation.
Having toiled away for almost three hours, the home side succumbed to the inevitable and agreed to an abandonment, much to the relief of the visitors.
Both sides took three points from the game and York are third in the table behind Harrogate and Yorkshire Academy.
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