Collegiate close the gap on local rivals Doncaster

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Sheffield Collegiate closed the gap on sixth-placed Doncaster Town when they beat them by 113 runs in the ECB Yorkshire Premier Cricket League on Saturday.

William Root’s score of 44 helped to boost Collegiate’s total and further down the order, Henry Eldred did even better as he hit 56.

With Alex Gosney taking four wickets for Doncaster, Collegiate were bowled out for 227. However, the Sheffield side were very good in the field and Doncaster could only muster 114 runs before being bowled out themselves.

Stuart Guy top-scored for Doncaster with 29 and with the ball, it was Matt Dixon who did most of the damage, claiming four wickets for 31 runs. Eldred, not satisfied with his half century, also helped out by taking two wickets.

Sheffield United faced a tough test as they took on third-placed Cleethorpes and unfortunately it proved to be too big a task for the bottom-placed club.

Bill Kirby got Cleethorpes off to a dream start as he scored 63 runs before being caught by Ben Percival. United’s junior bowler Ben Jenkinson offered some hope for his side as he took four wickets but Ian Mansfield’s 50 not out contributed to the seasiders running up a total of 237 for eight.

United couldn’t offer much resistance to Cleethorpes as they took to the crease and were all out in 23.1 overs, scoring just 101. Chamal Rajapaksha and Shabaham Raheem high-scored with 26 and 25 respectively.

Ben Sanderson took six wickets for Rotherham Town as they beat Appleby Frodingham by 68 runs. James Moorhouse was Rotherham’s top scorer with 35 but the rest of the team batted consistently with five other players reaching scores of 24 or over.

League leaders Yorkshire Academy suffered a rare defeat at the hands of Castleford. Ben Lewis Ainsley and Mosun Hussain both hit 40 runs each but the rest of the order struggled and they only amassed 159 before being bowled out.