York Cricket Club's Woods and Pringle combine to topple Harrogate
Updated 12:20pm Monday 2nd June 2014 in Sport
SKIPPER Daniel Woods and vice-captain Tom Pringle shared all ten wickets as York beat Harrogate by 57 runs to go top of the Solly Sports Yorkshire ECB County Premier League.
Woods took 5-41 and Pringle claimed 5-36 as York defended their total of 220-9 to topple the previous leaders at St George's Road.
Home skipper Ryan Bradshaw and Scott Huntley looked as they would frustrate the visitors and deny them top spot, but a late order collapse allowed York to take maximum points.
A week of heavy rain resulted in a soft outfield and a damp looking wicket and, with overhead conditions favouring seam bowling, Bradshaw opted to insert the visitors.
With Jack Leaning called up to play for Yorkshire, Australian Travis Ilka moved up to open the innings with Simon Lambert and the pair made a watchful start in the face of some disciplined bowling.
The introduction of spin brought the initial breakthrough with Ilka (22) chipping a catch to mid-off in Andy Laws' first over with the total on 46.
Liam McKendry (21) helped Lambert add 36 for the second wicket before being bowled by young seamer Ashley Griffin.
Two wickets in the next two overs, Ryan McKendry caught at leg slip off Laws and Lambert, who made 38, caught by a diving Bradshaw behind the stumps off Griffin. meant a promising start had become 87-4.
Alex Collins and Nick Kay were left with a rebuilding job and, for the next 19 overs, that is exactly what the pair accomplished.
Kay saw off spinner Jonathan Tattersall, striking him for back-to-back boundaries and, while Huntley was economical, it was Laws who remained the main threat.
Collins contributed 19 to a partnership of 62 and just failed to see off Laws as he was bowled in his final over, the spinner finishing with figures of 3-48 from 17 overs.
Kay brought up his half-century from 77 balls, in stark contrast to Richard Love, who made 25 from just 20 balls, including a six and two fours. His brief cameo was ended by a tumbling catch by Tattersall off Huntley at long on.
A final flurry saw 56 added in the final six overs. Kay was eighth out for 66 with the score on 212 in the final over. Woods then rounded the innings off with a straight six as the visitors posted an above par 220.
Tattersall and Alexis Twigg got the reply off to a positive start with an opening stand of 58 but, as in York’s innings, the introduction of spin changed the complexion of the match.
Woods struck in three consecutive overs and when Twigg (46) was bowled by Pringle the score was 80-4.
In a mirror image of the first innings, a fifth-wicket stand of 62 brought stability for the batting side.
With the required rate climbing above a run a ball, it appeared that Huntley and Bradshaw were set on denying the vistors maximum points to retain top spot, rather than chasing down the total.
Pringle finally got the breakthrough as Bradshaw (24) edged to the keeper. When Huntley (44) was stumped, giving Woods his fifth wicket, the writing was on the wall.
Pringle picked up the final two wickets to fall and the innings closed on 163, the last six wickets falling for 21 in just six overs.
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