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York Cricket Club's Dan Woods hailed following Yorkshire League success
SKIPPER Dan Woods was hailed a “galvanising” force after leading York Cricket Club to a record sixth successive Solly Sports Yorkshire ECB County Premier League title.
Vice-captain and secretary Nick Kay lauded the skipper’s inspirational role in the latest championship success, following on from predecessor Marcus Wood’s five in a row.
The Clifton Park club rounded off the season with back-to-back home wins to finish 20 points clear of Harrogate, having trailed their chief rivals by 20 points in late June.
Woods finished as the league’s leading wicket-taker with 62 victims at an average of 12.82 runs apiece, but Kay said his influence ran deeper than mere statistics.
“Dan is quite simply one of the best bowlers I have ever played with,” said Kay.
“You feel that when he is playing any total is defendable.
“But he’s also got the best out of the team as captain.
“He has galvanised the bowling and the fielding by making sure we set the highest possible standards.
“With the exception of Duncan Snell, who got 1,000 runs again, I don’t think any of the batsmen will be particularly proud of their figures.
“Despite that, we have batted well as a unit and Dan has done his best to get performances out of us all over the season.”
Having sealed an unprecedented sixth successive league title, Woods is now bidding to mastermind the club’s first ECB National Club Championship triumph in 37 years.
York face Wanstead & Snaresbrook in the final at Derbyshire’s County Ground on Sunday and Kay is aiming for a glorious end to the campaign.
“It’s been a terrific season so far but we’ve got one game to go,” said the all-rounder, who starred in Saturday’s title-clinching win over Harrogate with 57 not out and four wickets.
“We won our last two league games at the weekend against Harrogate and Sheffield Collegiate, and it was important to make sure we kept the momentum going for the final.”