DUNNINGTON finished worthy runners-up to Harrogate Town during their first appearances at the Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League North T20 Blast Finals Day.

The Common Road club came through a nerve-shredding, semi-final against Yorkshire Academy when the result was in doubt deep into the final over,.

But man-of-the-match Harry Stothard proved the difference in the final at North Marine Road when he smashed 63 off just 32 balls for Harrogate

Josh Atkinson (49) and Ross Sedgley (20) had earlier put on 56 for the third wicket before Stothard added a further 48 with the former.

Dave Brent (4-28) and George Drury (3-28) shared seven wickets as Gate were bowled out off the penultimate ball of their 20 overs for 175.

In reply, Dunnington were five wickets down for 69, with both Chris Peareth (23) and the dangerous Donovan Sinclair both back in the pavilion.

Adam Sutcliffe made 25 from 22 balls in the back half of the innings but Ben Stokes picked up three wickets as Dunnington fell 50 runs short on 125-9.

In the last four, Yorkshire Academy only made 116, with Luke Kilby finishing on 3-19.

But Dominic Leech picked up the wickets of both Dunnington openers without scoring and would go on to finish with 4-23.

The home side did manage to secure victory, howeve, with just two balls to spare thanls to the efforts of Dominic Sinclair (36) and Luke Kilby (24).

In the other semi-final, Harrogate beat Sessay by 30 runs.

Atkinson (39) top scored for Gate despite Navin Kavikara’s 4-23, while Mark Jackson (38) led the way for Sessay who, chasing 139 to win, were kept in check by Kavikara’s Sri Lankan compatriot Ishan Abeysekara , whose 4-12 represented the best-ever figures on Finals Day and included a hat-trick.