Duckworth-Lewis harshly marks Grange down as losers

The first rain-affected day of the season created plenty of frustration, some big hitting in what had become T20 matches, some anti-climaxes and at least one result in Yorkshire Premier North that was only accessible by computer.

Jake Wray batting for Yeadon. He scored 71 out of 93 as Yeadon won by 2 runs. Picture: Steve Riding.

On the pitch, York openers Duncan Snell (31) and Tom Friend (78no) put them on the way to 128-3 off 32 overs which was bumped up to 143 because of Woodhouse Grange’s slow over rate.

When Messrs Duckworth and Lewis were consulted, it was decided that Grange’s target was 181 off 28 overs and they made the worst possible start when opener Andrew Bilton was run out at the end of the first over.

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Nathan Saltmer steadied things with 42 but then Dan Woods struck with a hat-trick on his way to 5-24.

Grange’s No 10 Josh Jackson hit a four and six to take them to 146-9, but even though they had scored more runs in fewer overs DL marked them down as losers.

There was no such problem at Easingwold where Jonathan Tattersall (55no) and George Ross (41) clinched a nine-wicket victory for league leaders Harrogate after Nick Taylor had taken 4-21 as the home side were restricted to 110-6.

A third-wicket stand of 115 between Rob Pinder (77) and Oliver Grayson (38) helped Sheriff Hutton Bridge recover from 2-2 to 147-4 before their match at Acomb was abandoned.

Openers Matthew Fisher (83) and Ben Ainsley (103) put on 168 and set Yorkshire Academy on the way to 232-6 but they were thwarted by the weather at Scarborough.

Dominic Rhodes crashed 10 fours and three sixes in scoring 101no in 71 balls and together with brother Will (47) and Max Maciver (45) saw Stamford Bridge to 270-7.

Hull had scrambled to 53-4 when the game ended.

Norman Ali starred as Bradford & Bingley notched their first win of the Bradford Premier season, beating New Farnley by 67 runs.

Ali was top scorer with 60 that included six sixes in Bees’ 175-7 in which Nick Walker took four wickets. Ali than produced a spell of 4-29 and with David Clow (3-9) dismissed New Farnley for 108.

With leaders Farsley’s trip to Pudsey St Lawrence rained off, Hanging Heaton seized the chance to take over top spot with a win over previously unbeaten Woodlands in a 20-over clash.

Nick Connolly (45) and Joe Fraser, whose 41 included four sixes, saw the home side set a target of 161-4 before Tom Chippendale (3-19) and Callum Geldart (3-12) skittled out Woodlands for 84.

Townville moved up to second in the table with victory at Lightcliffe after they raced to 180-6 off 20 overs with Jonathan Booth to scoring on 48.

Ian Philliskirk, who had taken 3-60, hit 51 in 28 balls as Lightcliffe chased hard but finished on 151-9 with Jack Hebden taking 4-40.

None of the Yorkshire South Premier matches produced a result but some players’ performances were brighter than the weather.

David Toft (86) and Joe Cook (65) shared a 123-run partnership in Wakefield Thornes’ 239-6 at Appleby Frodingham.

Bill Kirby (78no) and Vusimuzi Sibanda (49) led the way as Cleethorpes reached 221-4 only to be denied the chance to attack Aston Hall.

Three cheap wickets each from Joe Cooper and Shane Smith helped dismiss Tickhill for 97 but Hallam could only muster 19-0 before the rain won.

Barnsley were thwarted after Oliver Jackson (3-46) and Ali Jahangir (4-39) bowled out Sheffield & Phoenix for 156.

In the Huddersfield Premiership, Shepley beat Thongsbridge in a frantic 20-over thrash with one ball to spare. Hugh Ellis was the hero, hitting an unbeaten 49.

Will Frain hit a half century in 30 balls to steer Honley to 162-7 and Tim Taylor (3-21) and Lewis Kenworthy (3-24) completed the job, bowling out Scholes for 112.

A seventh-wicket stand of 93 between Ahmad Raga (38) and Ryan Gladwin (40) saw Rawdon tip-toe to 134 in the Aire Wharfe Division One. Alex Lilley, who had taken 3-41, then smashed eight fours and two sixes in a spectacular 70no but Beckwithshaw ran out of overs on 114-4.