Battling Collegiate narrowly go down against leaders York

Daniel Walton (left) hit 62 and Billy Root (right) hit 70 in the game v York CC 1st XI
Daniel Walton (left) hit 62 and Billy Root (right) hit 70 in the game v York CC 1st XI
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Battling Sheffield Collegiate came close to toppling ECB Yorkshire Premier League leaders York on Saturday, but were left empty-handed despite some strong batting performances at Abbeydale.

York are three points clear at the top of the table, while Collegiate are second bottom. But few would’ve guessed at their positions as Collegiate made a positive start.

The visitors reached 273-5 in their innings, with William Root taking 2-58 and Luke Shutt 2-75 for Collegiate.

Given a challenging total to chase, Collegiate came out in positive mood and had a good go at the target, but came up just short.

Opener Dan Walton began well with 62, and Root added 70 at third man to help the score along to 198-4. Sam Webber (55) and Michael Simpson (28) took the score to 233-6, but the last few wickets fell cheaply and their hopes of a shock win were dashed.

Elsewhere, a strong performance from Felix Odell helped fourth-placed Doncaster Town beat title rivals Harrogate, who are now just two points above them in the table.

Harrogate totalled 201-8 with Odell taking 5-56, and in reply, Doncaster reached a winning 202-3 with Odell scoring 63 with the bat, while Graeme Attenborough was unbeaten on 84. Barnsley beat Scarborough at Shaw Lane by four wickets, passing the North Yorkshire outfit’s 268-6 with Matt Wilson scoring 90, Zohaib Ahmad 64 and Danial Rafiq 37.

Sheffield United lost out to Castleford by six wickets. They were all out for 166 with Bilal Anjam their top-scorer with 50.

Meanwhile, in the South Yorkshire Senior League, nine batsman reached centuries - with the biggest Jordan Lowe’s 143 in Wickersley’s one-wicket win over champions Elsecar (263-8) in the Premier.

Elsewhere, Hallam held Coal Aston to 204-9 and eased to a nine-wicket win, opener Vaidik Raj hitting 109 and Nick Dymock 68.

A fine 104 from Matt Cartwright was to no avail as Aston Hall lost to Treeton, and Pete Hadfield smashed 103 for Darfield at Wath. Oughtibridge opener Glenn Mitchell belted 125 in the Division Four win over Norton Oakes, and there were three century makers in the same game as Sheffield Collegiate entertained Maltby.

Jon Walmsley cracked 107 and Tom Hancock 105 in a third-wicket partnership of 203 for Collegiate, and Pete Brewster hit 105 in Maltby’s 180-6 reply.

A stunning 134 by Jonny Spurr steered Darfield’s Division Five side to high-score of the day (338-8) against Frecheville, , while the other team to top the 300 mark were Tickhill’s Division Three side, who whacked their way to 328-6, before holding Upper Haugh to 66-8. Rotherham Town’s Luke Thornton took 7-35 in their win over Penistone.