Dave Bingley’s Yorkshire League round-up: Del Borro’s 180 bullseye sees Collegiate reeling!

Simon Guy was one of Collegiate's frustrated players at the weekend
Simon Guy was one of Collegiate's frustrated players at the weekend
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The record ECB Yorkshire Premier League third-wicket stand - of 262, set in 2005 by Collegiate’s Ed McKenna and Simon Clarke - was eclipsed last Saturday by the Rotherham pairing of Tony Del Borrello and Gareth Purshouse.

They took the record to 295 as second-placed Town rattled up 346-5 to set up a massive 155 run victory over Collegiate.

Rotherham, after chosing to bat, were sent reeling as Bill Root bagged the wickets of prolific openers James Moorhouse (seven) and skipper Mark Cummins (four), leaving the hosts struggling on 21-2.

Their subsequent recovery was nothing short of spectacular as Aussie Del Borrello hit 18 boundaries and two sixes in his 147-ball innings of 180.

Purshouse’s more sedate 111 was scored from 150 deliveries.

Root was the pick of the Collegiate bowlers, taking 3-49, with Josh Varley returning 2-60.

Unlike Rotherham, Collegiate failed to recover when they lost two cheap wickets in their reply.

And although Root smashed three sixes and seven fours in a 61-ball 67, they found runs hard to come by against the varied Town attack and were dismissed in the 37th over for 191. Vinnie Ogden took an impressive 4-51.

Sheffield United moved off the foot of the table after recording their first victory of the season at Appleby Frodingham - a win that left captain Lesroy Weekes and coach Steve Oldham without any fingernails!

United elected to field first on a pitch left uncovered overnight, and were rewarded when Matt Taylor and Weekes grabbed the wickets of Duncan Heath and the dangerous Matt Moreland for just 25.

A useful stand of 37 by Kieran Lindley (23) and Kieran Watson (20) augered well for the Steelmen.

But with Weekes and Matt Rees bowling aggresively, wickets tumbled and the hosts slipped to 114 all out in the 37th over.

The United skipper recorded excellent figures of 5-42, Rees took 2-24 and Jaco Scholtz pouched three smart catches in a splendid display behind the stumps.

Scholtz figured with the bat, too, in United’s reply, hitting five boundaries before being adjudged caught out for 32.

But the score moved to a comfortable 104-4 and United’s first win of the season looked a formality until a hat-trick by Jack Forrester set the alarm bells ringing .

Thankfully, left-hander Dan McLean (20no) held his nerve as United won by two wickets. Zohaib Ahmad took 5-46 as Barnsley bowled out Castleford for a paltry 90 at Savile Park.

But third placed Barnsley’s reply was not without anxiety either, as they struggled to reach the target after losing six wickets.

An excellent all-round batting display by leaders Harrogate saw them inflict a 120-run defeat on Doncaster at Town Fields.

Aussie Adam Whateley hit 124 as York overtook Driffield’s 276-6 for the loss of just three wickets to remain in fifth place.

n Fixtures, Saturday: Barnsley v YCA, Cleethorpes v Doncaster, Harrogate v Rotherham, Collegiate v Castleford, United v Driffield, York v Hull.

n Collegiate face Chesterfield in the group final of the ECB National Club Knockout competition.

Collegiate narrowly beat Treeton at Washfield Lane and Chesterfield secured a comfortable victory over Barnsley at Queen’s Park.