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Guide to the Yorkshire Premier League Play-offs

Guide to the Yorkshire Premier League Play-offs

21 Sep 2017

The scene is set for a thrilling finale to the cricket season with the Yorkshire Premier League Play-offs.

For followers of league cricket it is a chance to watch three top matches at Headingley and Scarborough and admission is free.

The two semi-finals will be played on Saturday after last week's washout. York take on Hanging Heaton at Headingley while defending champions Wakefield Thornes tackle Great Ayton at Scarborough with both matches starting at 10.30am.

Both Wakefield Thornes and Great Ayton are playing in the play-offs for the second time. Thornes, the Yorkshire League Champions of 2016 and 2017 beat Harrogate n the semi-finals last year before defeating Pudsey St Lawrence in Abu Dhabi.

David Toft, who lit up the final with a stunning i37 will again be a key figure in their challenge along with their experienced seam bowlers Faisal Irfan and Mahmood Rasool.

Yorkshire Academy all-rounder Jared Warner and Sri Lankan overseas player Akila Isanka are other potential match winners.

Great Ayton, from the North Yorkshire South Durham League, lost out in a close-encounter to Pudsey St Lawrence last year. They have two professionals in Sri Lankan P.A.S.S. Jewanthana  and the former Yorkshire second team player Chris Batchelor.

York and Hanging Heaton are appearing in the play-offs for the first time as the champions of  Yorkshire League North and The Bradford Premier League respectively.

York will be boosted for Saturday's semi-final by the presence of Yorkshire batsman Jack Leaning. Their side also includes young Yorkshire all-rounder Matthew Waite who learned his cricket at Methley.

Hanging Heaton will be hoping that their prolific opening pair of Gary Fellows and Nick Connolly can continue their good form.

They will also be looking to left-arm spinner Muhammad Rameez to shine as he has played a huge part in their title triumph.

The winners of Saturday's matches will go forward to the final at Headingley on Sunday, hoping to win the White Rose Trophy.

Great Ayton v Wakefield Thornes
Great Ayton (from): Jon Grainge (capt, wkt), Chris Allinson, Chris Batchelor, P A S S Jewanthana, Walid Ghuari, Stephen Pennock, Tom Leng, Michael Croft, Joe Marsay, John Russell, Henry Shelton, Phil Holdsworth.
Wakefield Thornes: James Wolfenden David Toft, Matt Jordan, Joe Cook, Faisal Irfan, Akila Isanka, Greg Wadsworth, Tom Froggett (capt wkt), Steve Morgan, Mahmood Rasool. 12th man: Adrian Thompson
Umpires: Duncan Jones, Andrew Thomassen. Third umpire: Denis Lawson

York v Hanging Heaton
York:
Duncan Snell, Jack Leaning, Matthew Waite, Adam Mcauley, Matthew Bell, Charlie Elliot, Tom Spearman, Tom Brooks  (wkt), Tom Pringle, Ollie Leedham, Dan Woods (cap),  12th man: Chris Booth.
Hanging Heaton: Gary Fellows (Capt), Nick Connolly, Richard Foster, Callum Geldart, Joe Fraser, James Kean, David Stiff, Imran Dawood (wkt), Muhammad Rameez, Tom Chippendale, Chris Goodair.
Umpires: Steve Malone, Neil Pratt Third umpire: Adam Seymour

Final
Umpires: Simon Widdup, Michael Clarke. Third umpire: Nick Oddy.

Important Spectator Information
Headingley

(Admission is free)
1 Parking: All spectators must park in Car Park F in St Michael's Lane
2 After parking walk to gate B and enter.
3 Seating for spectators is provided in the East Stand and North East Stand
4 Food and drink will be available from the Long Room. A selection of sandwiches and pies will be on sale.
5 Spectators can bring their own food and drink
6 Alcohol can be brought in but is limited to a maximum of four cans (Strictly no bottles)
7 Toilets will be open in the Long Room and the North East stand
The electronic scoreboards and public address system will be in use. all supporters are asked to place litter in the bins provided or take it home with them.

Scarborough
Admission: Free
Parking:
There is a small amount of parking available for spectators at North Marine Road. The main area for spectators cars is behind the West Stand which is reached by following the roadway round in front of the pavilion.

Free on street parking: This is available around Peasholm Park but spectators should note that some spaces are designated for residents only.
Pay and display parking: This is available nearer the ground.
Northstead Lower near Peasholm Park where there is a capacity for 100 cars.
Northstead Upper (near the indoor swimming pool) has a capacity for 600
William Street has a capacity of 250 cars
Marine Drive and Royal Albert Drive have a capacity for 800 cars.
Gates close at 10.45pm.

Food and drink
The popular bank bar and pavilion bar will be open.
Catering for everybody will be available in pavilion tea room for all. There will also be a barbecue

Alcohol Restriction
While spectators are permitted to bring a small amount  of their own alcoholic refreshment into the ground this is restricted to two 500ml cans (Please note that the restrictions at  Scarborough are different to Headingley, please obey them). Under no circumstances must bottles be taken into the ground or metal cutlery.

Toilets
Toilet facilities will be available within the pavilion, under the North Stand, next to the popular bank bar, and at the far end of the Trafalgar Square end. There are disabled toilet facilities available within the pavilion, and also next to the popular bank bar.

Access
There is a lift within the pavilion for access to all floors.

WIFI
There is free WIFI inside the ground