Driffield Town 1st XI produced one of their best performances of recent seasons to upset Yorkshire Premier League North league leaders Harrogate with 129run victory at Kings Mill Road on Saturday.
Harrogate came into the game on the back of ten straight league victories and would have been confident of extending it to 11 against a Driffield side who, despite winning at Acomb last weekend, were going through a mixed run of form.
On a mild afternoon, home skipper Danny Broumpton won the toss and he elected to bat first to make use of what looked to be an excellent surface.
The Woldsmen’s innings got off to a nightmare start though when opening batsman Ben Dobson was bowled by Tom Geeson-Brown for a duck which meant Driffield needed to consolidate from the off.
George Drury and Casey Rudd came to the rescue as they batted sensibly to make a 78 run partnership for the second wicket before Rudd was dismissed for 41.
Drury was joined at the crease by overseas batsman Ali Asad, who seems to have been reinvigorated by a move down the order and the pair continued the momentum of the innings with a partnership of 88.
Asad looked settled in for the afternoon having made a brisk 43 and he’ll have been disappointed with the tame manner in which he got out.
Asad was soon followed back into the pavilion by Drury who seemed to relish his new opening slot as he made an excellent 67 to set the stage for an assault in the closing overs from Sam Drury and Danny Broumpton.
The pair are well-renowned for their destructive approach to batting and they proved their worth once again with Drury hitting 50 off just 41 balls whilst Broumpton surpassed this with 51 off 30 balls including five huge sixes that had pedestrians on Kings Mill Road ducking for cover.
Despite the best efforts of Harrogate’s George Ross who finished with figures of 38-4, Driffield gave themselves more than a fighting chance of victory with a score of 290-7.
The visitors took the game to the hosts bowling attack at the start of their reply but they were soon in a spot of bother when seamer Jamie Hopper struck twice to reduce them to 252.
A 46 run partnership between Matthew Good and Ross steadied the Harrogate ship until Good was adjudged LBW for 34 off the bowling of young spinner Alec Drury.
Drury struck again shortly after when he removed the dangerous Ross for 50 and after a flurry of wickets from Nick Hardgrave, Driffield were starting to dream of victory with their opponents struggling at 133-7.
David Foster was the only Harrogate batsman to show any resistance but his demise to a direct hit from Hardgrave was the beginning of the end with the away side eventually bowled out for 161.
Hardgrave finished as Driffield’s top bowler with 4-21 whilst Alec Drury picked up 3-51.
Current league position: 7th
Next up: Sheriff Hutton Bridge (A), League, 12:00 noon