Collegiate continue top five push at Castleford

Sheffield Collegiate's Alex Patmore
Sheffield Collegiate's Alex Patmore
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Sheffield Collegiate visit Saville Park on Saturday, and victory over struggling Castleford would certainly enhance their chances of a top five finish.

Champions York and the strong Yorkshire Academy side look likely to go head to head for the Solly Sports ECB Yorkshire Premier title.

But,if Collegiate maintain their recent excellent form, they could easily upset a few applecarts.

Their most recent victory came at Shaw Lane where, after losing the toss, they reduced Barnsley to 117-7 at one stage.

But were disappointed when Callum Bethel added a brisk 57no to hoist the final total to 202-9.

Alex Patmore (70) played the anchor role in Collegiate’s response. But with wickets falling around him, the visitors were looking down the barrel at 123-6.

Matt Lee (33) chipped in and with Luke Shutt adding 15no, Collegiate ran out winners by two wickets with five balls to spare.

Bethel completed a bittersweet match by taking 4-44 to add to his runs, but finished on the losing side against his old club.

Sheffield United’s losing streak shows no sign of ending - and with a tough run in, including matches against York, Harrogate and Rotherham, even one victory looks unlikely.

Coach Steve Oldham, back in action following knee surgery, has plans afoot and although he has confidence in his players, he is expected to increase and improve the squad for next season.

The club, as a whole, has struggled due to a lack of senior players throughout its four teams and is actively working to redress the balance.

Isuru Jayakody set United’s innings at Brumby Hall off with a bang hitting a massive six off the second ball of the match and following it with another shortly after.

But he was caught on the boundary after smashing 29 off 33 balls. Chamal hit 23 to take the score to 76-1 before the customary collapse saw United dismissed for 143.

The reliable Ben Jenkinson hit 24 and Matt Taylor 17no, with Jack Forrester taking an impressive 7-48.

Duncan Heath, 50, and Matt Moreland, 40, quickly set Appleby Frodingham on the road to victory and at one time they were cruising at 113-2 before an excellent spell of spin by Bilal Anjam saw them facing a shock defeat at 115-5.

But Jack Dixon, 24no, and Dave Brent, 16no, ensured no further shocks as United fell to a five wicket defeat, with 15-year-old Bilal returning 4-33.

A ninth wicket stand of 64 by Will Street, 34no, and Dan McLean, 34, enabled Rotherham to set a target of 172-9 for Driffield at Clifton Lane.

But with Ali Asad (70no) in top form the visitors narrowly won by two wickets in the 49th over, despite Ben Sanderson taking 5-52.

Town take on YCA at home next time out, and will have to hit more consistant form if they are to overturn the league leaders.

Sheffield United are expecting a decent attendance at Bawtry Road on Sunday, when they entertain Ranji CC - containing many of the Indian U22 squad. The match, of 40 overs per side, commences at 1pm and admission is free of charge.

South Yorkshire Senior Cricket League club Hallam won the Northern Area Final of the National Twenty20 Championships at Elsecar last Sunday, beating Collegiate by 21 runs in the final.

Hallam now play Great Ayton CC on Sunday (2pm).