Solly Sports ECB Yorkshire Premier League Champions York take on joint top Harrogate at Clifton tomorrow, and the outcome might well decide the destination of the championship flag come September.
York suffered a shock three-run defeat against much-improved Driffield, which enabled Harrogate to move level, with a match in hand, after they took six points from a battling Sheffield United at St George’s Road.
United entertain Collegiate in the first derby clash of the season, and Matt Dixon’s men will be keen to put an end to a three-match losing streak.
United, missing two opening bowlers, managed to restrict Harrogate to 236-6 on a top class pitch. Four batsmen passed 40 but it was Ryan Bradshaw who took the eye with a quickfire 44no .
The visitors never looked likely to reach the target but Helgard Prinsloo maintained his form with a hard-earned 49 and the last pair of 15-year-old Jack Roberts, in his second Premier League match, and Rory McInnis-Gibbons defied all that Harrogate could bowl at them for the final six overs to stave off defeat and take a well earned point.
Rotherham, still without a win, visit Shaw Lane to face unpredictable Barnsley who lost by six wickets at Scarborough.
Town lost by seven wickets at Brumby Hall when, after being put in, were soon in tatters at 50-7.
Archie Ogden hit a defiant 76 and Dan Waldron 25 as Rotherham reached 150 all out, but Appleby Frodingham cruised home by seven wickets.
Doncaster take on surprise package Driffield at Town Fields.
n Table (played 9): York 55, Harrogate (played 8) 55, YCA (played 8) 46, Driffield 40, Collegiate 38, Scarborough 35, Doncaster 33, A Frod 32,Barnsley 31, Cleethorpes 31,Castleford 33, Sheff Utd 13,Hull 9,Rotherham 8.
n Fixtures: Barnsley v Rotherham, Castleford v Cleethorpes, Doncaster v Driffield, Hull v App Frod, United v Collegiate,York v Harrogate, YCA v Scarborough.