Sullivan has leaders in a spin
Posted on 30th May 2021 at 01:05
Premier League review
Yorkshire Academy’s Harry Sullivan produced an outstanding display of left-arm spin including the final wicket with the scores level at The Green. The game looked to be going the way of the league leaders Acomb as Darcy O’Connor (44) and Joe Schofield (29no) brought them within 16 of victory with three wickets in hand but Sullivan took the crucial wicket of O’Connor and held his nerve in the closing overs to wrap up the innings and return figures of 8-52, including the other key wickets of William Wade (49) and Darius D’Silva (48). Earlier in the match Harry Allinson’s unbeaten 66 featured as part of a 55-run fifth wicket stand with Daniel Ford (31) as the visitors reached 199-8, which included three wickets for D’Silva (3-31). Sullivan’s figures are bettered in the record books by only Jared Warner’s 9-19 in 2016, and the tie was the second in the competition’s history the first also taking place at The Green between Acomb and Driffield Town in 2018.
There is no change to the top four with the three sides below Acomb all winning. Second-placed Castleford’s 26-run victory at Savile Park leaves visitors Clifton Alliance bottom of the table and now the only side without a win in this season’s competition. Both batting line-ups found the going tough with the home side reaching 145-8 from 50 overs, top-scorer Umair Khan battling his way to 28 off 94 balls. Andrew Whaits (46) produced an equally dogged performance for the visitors before becoming one of three wickets for Jack Young (3-33) whose spin partner Eddie Morrison was also in the wickets picking up 4-29 as ‘Alliance crawled to the close at 119-9 scoring only marginally above two runs an over.
Woodhouse Grange made it three wins in as many weeks, an unbroken century stand between Christopher Bilton (73no) and James Finch (39no) securing a five wicket win at home to Scarborough, with Bilton continuing the impressive form which has seen the left-hander pass 50 in four out of five premier league innings in 2021. Christopher Suddaby (3-67) was the pick of the bowlers in the visitors total of 175-9 which owed much to an eighth wicket partnership of 83 from Ben Elvidge (54) and Jack Holt (38) after their side had slumped to 92-7.
Dunnington were boosted by the inclusion of Yorkshire’s Tom Loten (59), and he posted a half-century on his return to Common Lane where the hosts total of 213-9 proved too much for Harrogate who were bowled out for 101. The home side began strongly with Andrew Bilton (33) and Adam Sutcliffe (29) adding to Loten’s effort before Sri Lankan Ishan Abeysekara (4-46) brought the visitors back into the contest with four wickets. Their reply was not helped by the retirement of opener Henry Thompson (21) and the run out of top-scorer Ross Sedgley (32) the pair providing more than half the sides total, whilst captain Dave Brent finished as the pick of the bowlers for his side with 4-33.
Simon Lambert ensured most of the supporters at Clifton Park went away happy, an unbeaten 76 seeing York to their first win of the season. Their eight-wicket victory over Stamford Bridge was built initially on a strong bowling performance with five of seven bowlers used taking wickets, Charlie Elliot the pick with 3-22. The visitors struggled from the start and at one stage were 40-6, before their lower order rallied James Keast making 28 and Chris Mullock (18) and Dave Chaplin (12no) adding 30 for the final wicket. The home side had no such problems Lambert sharing stands of 60 with Finlay Bean (34) and an unbroken 58 with Ryan McKendry (19no).
It was a good day too for Sheriff Hutton Bridge as they moved off the foot of the table with a five-wicket win at Kings Mill Road against Driffield Town. Sam Drury fell ten runs short of a second century this season and a stand of 85 with Mark Tennant (37) provided the hosts with a solid platform but they were unable to take full advantage Avish Patel with 3-38 helping restrict them to 212-8. Mark Fisher (71) and Dulash Udayanga (56) both posted their second half-centuries of the campaign in reply and with Tommy Hudson’s 44 the trio secured a first success for the reigning champions.
Report by Kevin Hutchinson
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