PROMISING young batsman Eliot Callis condemned champions York to an opening day defeat at Clifton Park as last season’s runners-up Yorkshire Academy prevailed.
York are chasing an incredible eighth successive title but Callis, 19, plundered 107 off 140 balls, striking 11 fours and two sixes as the Academy made 338 for the loss of eight wickets.
Azeem Rafiq and Will Rhodes played their part with 79 and 77, respectively, Callis and Rafiq adding 154 for the second wicket. Middle-order batsman Nick Kay hit 67 off 53 balls for York, who were restricted to 211-9 in their 55 overs.
Harrogate, who finished third last season and have lost experienced all-rounder Vic Craven to Bilton in the Airedale & Wharfedale League, had a six-wicket home victory over Sheffield Collegiate, thanks mainly to an excellent bowling performance on his debut by Leeds University student Tom Geeson-Brown.
The all-rounder and pace bowler took 5-34 in 11 hostile overs as Collegiate were dismissed for 184 with one ball remaining. Jacob Waterson offered most resistance with 68, including eight fours. Harrogate opener Alexis Twigg also struck eight boundaries in his half-century and Ryan Bradshaw made an undefeated 44.
An unbeaten 103 by Simon Widdup was the highlight of Doncaster’s four-wicket win at Scarborough. Widdup faced 159 balls and hit seven boundaries. Paceman Curtis Free took 5-29 in 11 overs for Town but there were defiant knocks of 73 and 69 from Chris Grey and Andy Simpson.
Sam Drury was the day’s top scorer with 151, including 16 fours and eight sixes, for Driffield, who made 339-5 and defeated Sheffield United by 135 runs.