A dark cloud descended over Yorkshire on Saturday afternoon, causing several matches to be abandoned in the Yorkshire County ECB Premier League.
But there was a good result for a Sheffield side in a game that did go ahead. Junior duo of Matthew Moroney and Oliver Pearson took four wickets each as Sheffield Collegiate picked up a win on the road at Cleethorpes.
Moroney took the wickets of opening pair Ryan Harrison and Inderjit Hayre, conceding only two runs in the process.
Cleethorpes managed to steady the ship slightly with a knock of 30 from Ian Mansfield but Collegiate’s tight bowling made light work of the Cleethorpes order.
It looked as though the whole order would be bowled out but Graham Hume, batting at number eight, put in a great display, hitting 66 runs. This saw Cleethorpes reach 187.
Despite Hume’s late rally, Collegiate were still in a commanding position and they managed to press home their advantage with steady scoring early on as Alex Patmore found the boundary five times on the way to an innings of 36.
Simon Guy scored the lion’s share of Collegiate’s runs with a half century and although they struggled to pick up runs after that, Oliver Pearson finished the job off with a 28 not out. Collegiate finished on 190 in 44.2 overs, taking six points.
Sheffield United had their game against third-placed Harrogate abandoned as they were chasing down their opponent’s total of 280.
Mark Cummins took four wickets and Paul Cummins three as United took to the crease, they had amassed 88 runs from 28.3 overs before the match was stopped. They are still bottom of the table.
Rotherham also managed to finish their match against Appleby Frodingham although it ended in a loss for the South Yorkshire side. Gareth Purshouse made 59 and Archie Ogden hit 67 but they fell short of their target of 299.
Yorkshire Academy won their match against Hull at a canter with Eliot Callis making 168 from just 160 balls. They declared on 356 and Hull couldn’t get anywhere near them.