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York eyeing sixth Yorkshire League title as Knockout Cup run ends
YORK Cricket Club York overcame a determined Yorkshire Academy side to claim maximum points and edge closer to Solly Sports Yorkshire ECB County Premier League leaders Harrogate.
Clifton Park skipper Dan Woods finished with five wickets and fellow spinner Ryan McKendry took four as the reigning champions secured a 41-run victory with only three overs to spare.
With Harrogate picking up only six points against Cleethorpes, York now trail by only seven points at the top.
Duncan Snell, who was awarded the Gunn & Moore Club Cricketer of the Month for his performances in July, and Liam McKendry laid the foundations for York’s 239-7, bringing up the 50 in the 12th over.
The pair were denied a century partnership as Liam McKendry was out for 46.
Oliver Hairs brought up the 100 with a straight six off Will Rhodes in the 22nd over, but then Snell departed for 40.
Hairs, having made 20, drove loosely at off-spinner Karl Carver (3-39), and Heworth teenager Jack Leaning, leading the Tykes youngsters took the catch at cover.
Very quickly 113-3 became 152-5 and it took a battling stand of 67 from Simon Lambert (39) and Nick Kay (34) to pull things round.
A brief flurry from Steven Crossley and Woods added 20 off the final two overs of the innings.
Josh Barrett struck early for York, bowling Eliot Callis to claim his first Yorkshire League wicket, but Ryan Gibson took advantage of some wayward bowling as 60 came from the first 15 overs.
Skipper Leaning fell lbw to Woods for 15 and George Ross also departed, caught at slip by Hairs off Ryan McKendry, but Gibson reached his half-century off 48 balls with eight fours.
Woods then went to work en route to figures of 5-56 – his third five-wicket haul of the season – as Yorkshire Academy were all out for 198.
Ryan McKendry took 4-75, including two caught and bowled dismissals.
Yesterday, York were edged out by one run in their Knockout Cup quarter-final at home to Rotherham.
Rotherham made 197-9 and the home side were then bowled out for 196 despite opener Duncan Snell's 74.