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Double drive fuels York Cricket Club's title bid
IT could be a pivotal weekend for York Cricket Club in the Solly Sports Yorkshire ECB County Premier League title race.
The Clifton Parkers, sitting fourth in the table and 14 points behind leaders Harrogate, have a double-header to negotiate.
A visit to nearest rivals Driffield Town tomorrow is followed by a tricky trip to Scarborough on Sunday.
York picked up their fifth complete win of the campaign a week ago when Tom Pringle’s half-century helped them to a 142-run victory over Sheffield United but Driffield, just five points behind and immediately below them in the standings, should prove a much sterner test for skipper Dan Woods and his men.
And North Marine Road, home of Scarborough, is always a testing place for the Shipton Road-based outfit to go to.
Vice-captain Nick Kay believes the weekend double would keep York right in the hunt as they continue their bid for a sixth successive league title.
“It is one of those weekends which we get as the season progresses towards the back end and we get these double headers,” he said.
“Two complete wins, and 16 points, puts us right back in the title hunt.
“But if we lose one, and definitely if we lose both, we will probably be out of the race completely.
“We have got a good track record at this stage of the season but both teams, and Driffield especially, have had a terrific season.
“Driffield are very tough to beat at home and we can’t take anything for granted this weekend.”
York are at full strength for that Driffield encounter, with promising youngster Charlie Elliot coming in to replace Andrew Tute, who returned to Hunters York & District Senior League outfit Acomb a couple of weeks ago.
But they will have to overcome the loss of Woods on Sunday against Scarborough.
The skipper is once again representing Cheshire in Minor Counties competition. Ian Jarvis takes his place in the starting XI.