YORK will face Elsecar in the final of cricket’s Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy at Hanging Heaton on Sunday after a comprehensive victory over Cleckheaton in a one-sided semi-final.
Reigning Bradford League champions Cleckheaton had no answer to York’s bowlers, managing only 102 in reply to the visitors’ 252.
Ryan McKendry gave the day’s outstanding performance with the bat, his 70 allowing York to post a competitive total before Glen Richmond tore into the home side’s top order with three wickets in his opening six overs.
McKendry was joined by Nick Kay in a fourth-wicket partnership of 80 that saw York past 150 with almost 20 overs remaining.
McKendry reached his half-century off 58 balls, with two sixes and four fours, and with Kay on 36 both looked well set until Kay was caught at midwicket.
Five overs later, McKendry was stumped and York were 186-5 going into the final ten overs.
Charlie Elliot wrestled back the advantage with 32 out of a partnership of 48 for the sixth wicket, a 20-ball innings which included three sixes.
Richard Love was bowled for 23 and York set a target of 253.
Richmond then picked up two wickets in his second over both thanks to the safe gloves of keeper Liam McKendry.
When Daniel Woods held a sharp chance at shoulder height in the slips, off Chris Burn, to remove opposing skipper John Wood for 18 the score was 38-3.
Richmond then bowled opener Tim Jackson, who had made only 12 from 39 balls, and when Ryan McKendry’s direct hit from point ran out Michael Nicholson the match as a contest was almost over.
At 66-5, Tom Pringle (2-20) picked up wickets with consecutive deliveries and Woods (3-6) matched that feat.