Under-strength champions cruise to Appleby win

Under-strength champions cruise to Appleby win

Under-strength champions cruise to Appleby win

Updated in Sport

YORK overcame the loss of several first-teamers to record a 110-run victory at Appleby Frodingham in the Solly Sports Yorkshire ECB County Premier Cricket League.

Brothers Liam and Ryan McKendry both scored half-centuries in the champions' 257-9 before captain Daniel Woods took five wickets to wrap up the points with more than 11 overs to spare.

With regular trio Jack Leaning, Alex Collins and Nick Kay all missing, Woods chose to lead from the front and opened the innings with Simon Lambert.

Although more accustomed to batting at number ten, the York skipper looked at home against the new ball and contributed 25 to an opening stand of 67 before he edged Jack Forrester behind.

Lambert was then out lbw for 42 to an ill-advised reverse sweep to a straight ball from Kieran Lindley.

However, the McKendry brothers were able to dig in. Liam was the more aggressive of the pair, his run-a-ball contribution of 56 to their stand of 91 containing eight fours and a six.

The partnership was broken when Paul Hilton bowled Liam, the first of three wickets for the tall seamer.

Richard Love received a life when dropped on eight and he added a further 11 to push the total up to 200 before he was lbw to Jack Forrester (2-43).

Ryan McKendry reached his 50 off 67 balls and added a further eight before an attempt to hit a third six failed to clear Hilton at mid-on off spinner Duncan Heath.

That made it 218-5 and Jake Murphy’s 23 was the only other telling contribution. Despite the loss of four wickets in the final five overs, a further 39 runs were added.

Coach Jim Love, the former Yorkshire and England batsman came in at number 11.

Hilton finished with figures of 3-59 and Zimbabwean David Brent ended with 2-26.

A wayward start by York’s opening bowlers saw 15 extras, including 12 wides, conceded in the first 11 overs as the hosts raced to 50 for the loss of just Matt Morland trapped lbw by Glen Richmond.

However,Woods removed opposing skipper Duncan Heath for 18, caught at the wicket by Liam McKendry, in his second over.

After the same bowler dismissed Lindley courtesy of Lambert’s tumbling one-handed grab at mid-off, only Kieran Watson (22) offered any real resistance.

Tom Pringle got Brent lbw and bowled Watson to leave the score on 88-5. The next three batsmen were all stumped McKendry bowled Woods.

Pringle picked up the final two wickets to fall after teenage debutant Tom Spearman had sent down three economical overs.

Jack Forrester finished unbeaten on 12 and extras top scored with 32 as they were 147 all out.

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