Un­beaten Lean­ing helps York beat Driffield to clinch ti­tle

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - CRICKET - RICHARD COOMBER

YORK de­fied the rain that threat­ened to ruin the fi­nal full pro­gramme of the sea­son and with Jack Lean­ing hit­ting a sparkling un­beaten 70, they beat Driffield by eight wick­ets to clinch the North York­shire cham­pi­onship.

They will now face Brad­ford League win­ners Hang­ing Heaton in the semi-fi­nal of the York­shire Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy, while York­shire South cham­pi­ons Wake­field Thornes take on NYSD win­ners Great Ay­ton for a place in the fi­nal at Head­in­g­ley on 23 September.

With the few matches that beat the weather play­ing re­duced overs, sev­eral bats­men set about their task with some aban­don.

Ben Kohler-Cad­more set the tone hit­ting 59 in 37 balls as Driffield were bowled out for 135. David Woods took 4-18 with Matthew Waite pick­ing up 3-34 be­fore Waite hit 44 in a 108-run stand with Lean­ing who smashed eight fours and two sixes as York raced past the re­cal­cu­lated target in 14.2 overs.

Stam­ford Bridge, who had thrown the ti­tle race wide open by beat­ing York­shire Academy last week, fin­ished the sea­son in style with a win at Wood­house Grange. That was enough to se­cure run­ners-up spot, while Academy dropped to third, their game against Eas­ing­wold rained off.

Ryan Gib­son fol­lowed up a 3-33 haul with 78 in 27 balls, in­clud­ing six fours and seven sixes, as Bridge passed Grange’s 167-7 with seven wick­ets in hand.

Matthew Wilkin­son hit 60 to help Hull to 179-9 in their rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle with Acomb but a third wicket stand of 87 be­tween Jack Spence (51) and Joe Dale (54) and an un­beaten 24 from Richard Love saw the visi­tors hang on to their topflight sta­tus with five balls to spare.

A sixth-wicket stand of 74 be­tween Dar­ren Har­land (69) and Brad Scott (31) took Scar­bor­ough to 183-7 and on the way to a 34-run win over Clifton Al­liance.

With Brad­ford League cham­pi­ons Hang­ing Heaton’s mouth-wa­ter­ing clash with Pud­sey St Lawrence washed out, all the at­ten­tion was at the bot­tom with four clubs in dan­ger.

Cleck­heaton were on the wrong end of a 137-run part­ner­ship be­tween Light­cliffe’s Adam Wain­wright (32) and Matthew Bax­ter who crashed 10 fours and nine sixes in racing to 112no be­fore the match was aban­doned.

East Bier­ley were also strug­gling at 75-5 in re­ply to Brad­ford & Bin­g­ley’s 186-6 in which Hamzah Iqbal hit a half cen­tury, only for the game to be rained off.

But there was no re­prieve for Bat­ley who were set to chase Wood­lands’ 164-5 to­tal, which in­cluded a half cen­tury from Tim Jack­son. El­liot Richard­son took 4-13 as Bat­ley limped to 65-8 and rel­e­ga­tion.

Go­ing down with them are Pud­sey Congs who came up just short in a breath-tak­ing fin­ish against New Farn­ley who set a target of 137-3 in 20 overs, Lee God­dard mak­ing a quick-fire 97.

Mub­tada Akhtar (45) gave Congs a solid start and they looked as though they would just make it when Zahid Nas­sar (42no) and Dan­ish Hus­sain were to­gether, but Hus­sain was run out for 21 and Josh Wheat­ley could only man­age a sin­gle off the last ball, leav­ing Congs one run short of a tie that would have been enough to keep them up.

York­shire South’s key de­ci­sions had all been set­tled so it made no dif­fer­ence that only one match sur­vived this week. Paul Hil­ton twice took two wick­ets in three balls on his way to 5-54 as Tick­hill were re­stricted to 103-9, which Ap­pleby Frod­ing­ham passed with five wick­ets in hand.

The Aire-Wharfe still has one week to go but the odds swung in favour of Beck­withshaw claim­ing the ti­tle when their match against near­est ri­vals Ot­ley was rained off.

In the only Divi­sion One game com­pleted, Mar­cus Brown took 5-35 as rel­e­gated Colton were skit­tled out for 67 in re­ply to Guise­ley’s 126-6.

The top of Divi­sion Two clash be­tween Adel and Ben Rhy­d­ding was called off con­firm­ing Adel as cham­pi­ons.

With Yasar Ali fol­low­ing up a 5-21 spell with 75no to take Fol­li­foot to vic­tory over Skip­ton, Fol­li­foot moved to within a point of Ben Rhy­d­ding.

With the Hud­der­s­field Cham­pi­onship washed out, Shel­ley and Mir­field Par­ish Cava­liers were pro­moted.

PIC­TURE: STEVE RID­ING

SKIED IT: Ir­fan Am­jad of Pud­sey Congs looks to the sky but the ball was caught by Richard Atkins off David McCal­lam.

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