England star Jonny Tattersall puts Knaresborough top

Jon Corcoran batting for Knaresborough
Jon Corcoran batting for Knaresborough

England Under 19 star Jonny Tattersall smashed a magnificent 93 not out as he fired Knaresborough to the top of Aire Wharfe Division Two.

And the youngster’s week got better when he struck a century for Yorkshire Academy on Sunday before England asked him to be 12th man for this Friday’s Headingley test match against New Zealand.

Tattersall’s innings helped ‘Boro stretch their winning run to four league games as they eased to a six-wicket victory against high-flying Rawdon on Saturday.

And, with next week’s opponents Adel suffering a wash out at Thackley, the maximum point victory lifted the Aspin Laners into topspot.

Stu Carey won the toss against Rawdon and chose to field to maximise the wet conditions at Aspin Lane.

Sam Ryan (4-44) made inroads but he was the only bowler to strike as Rawdon set a steady 163-5 from 40 overs.

Opener Paul Malkin struck a slow half century as he frustrated the ‘Boro bowlers before the away skipper Andrew Doidge added a quick-fire 44 to make the total competitive.

But Carey and Tattersall started positively as they shared a century stand of 122. Rawdon bowler Jonathan Doidge removed Carey on 48 before he rattled through the top order to end with figures of 4-28.

But the composed Tattersall saw his side home and scooped the man of the match award.

Club stalwart Jonathan Corcoran said: “It was quality to watch. Jonny and Stu ran the legs off them. The running between the wickets was phenomenal.

“To a degree we could have bowled a little bit better. 160 was probably a par score but those two made it look simple.

“We will now go to Adel with confidence. We want to keep this momentum.”

However, ‘Boro’s form took a dent on Sunday when a much-changed ‘Boro side exited the Waddilove Cup as they lost by 180 runs to Divison One Otley.

James Davies thrashed 107 off 80 balls as Otley batted first and carted 264-8.

They then skittled ‘Boro out for 84 with Andy Rhodes taking 6-10 from six overs.

Corcoran added: “We had quite a few people missing and we struggled to contain them.

“It was just their added quality. That’s the standard to inspire us to.

“We have a young squad. We are still trying to mentor them.”