Cricket: United defend low target for victory

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A tight bowling display gave Sheffield United only their second win of the season in the Yorkshire ECB County Premier League on Saturday.

Hosting Cleethorpes, United’s opening batsman Paul Cummins scored 36 runs before their challenge started to fall away. But a late charge in the order saw Shaun Johnson score 22 and Waqas Ali hit 23 as United reached 145 all out.

Despite not scoring heavily, United were much more useful when taking the field as Paul Cummins, Mark Cummins and Saqib Hussain took three wickets each.

Cleethorpes couldn’t get their batting going at all and Yaniv Judah was their top scorer with 30 as they were all out for 122 in 54.1 overs.

Sheffield Collegiate couldn’t match their city rivals as they suffered a shock loss to second from bottom Hull. Collegiate batted first and mustered only 122 runs with Ashton Blakey top-scoring on 28.

It was all too easy for Hull’s bowlers with James Anson and Vikas Dikit taking three wickets each as they bowled their rivals out.

Peter Shally’s 61 and Dikit’s 49 saw Hull reach their target of 123 with just one wicket lost and only 16.1 overs bowled. It was a bad weekend for all the other South Yorkshire teams with Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley all losing.

Doncaster had to chase an Appleby Frodingham total of 265 and fell just short on 243-8 off 57 overs.

Batting first, Barnsley (226) lost to Driffield (231-5) and the same happened with Rotherham (228) who were defeated by Harrogate (229-4).