THE title issue is beginning to look like a two-horse race between leaders Yorkshire Academy and York, who are chasing an eighth successive championship.
The Academy, last season’s runners-up, thrashed third-placed Barnsley by 160 runs at Shaw Lane where Ryan Gibson set a captain’s example with an undefeated 136 containing 14 fours and two sixes. Chasing 289-6, Barnsley were removed for 129 in 36.4 overs. Left-arm spinner James Logan took 6-39 in 14.4 overs and Gibson followed up by taking 3-21 off six.
York won by 116 runs at Doncaster after amassing 327-7. Opener Simon Lambert had 13 fours and a six in his 116. Ryan McKendry made 75 and then spun his way to 4-44 as Doncaster fell for 211 in 49.2 overs. Liam McKendry, Ryan’s brother, completed five stumpings.
The Academy have 85 points, with York just five behind and third-placed Barnsley on 69.
Scarborough gained their first win for a month, with Chris Grey turning in a fine all-round performance against visitors Driffield. Grey took 3-8 in 3.3 overs as Driffield were dismissed for 104 in 28.3 overs. David Brent removed Scarborough openers Andy Simpson and Peter Shally for 15 runs each before Grey (42 no) and Darren Harland (28 no) saw their side safely home to an eight-wicket victory.
Castleford captain Jarran Cook hit an undefeated century but they lost by 97 runs at Rotherham whose openers James Moorhouse and Gareth Purshouse put on 140. Spinner Will Street took 5-46 for Town.
Young spinner Prithvi Shaw took 5-36 in Cleethorpes’ 110-run win at Harrogate, while Simon Guy’s 83 and Matt Lee’s six wickets helped Collegiate win the Sheffield derby by four wickets.