Disastrous double defeat sees Rotherham’s title hopes tumble

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THE Yorkshire League title challenge of Rotherham Town has collapsed after defeats on successive days leaving Barnsley as the only local challengers to leaders Harrogate.

Rotherham, 11 points behind Harrogate a couple of two week ago, are now fifth after defeat at Barnsley on Saturday was followed by a two-run defeat to Doncaster Town which has effectively put them out of the race after they had been up there.

With Barnsley completing a derby double by beating Sheffield United (but missing maximum points as they failed to bowl them out), they are now the side in second place but the gap to Harrogate at the top of the table is a testing 13 points.

Ominously, last season’s champions York have moved into third place on 83 points, a point behind Barnsley.

At Shaw Lane on Sunday, Jason Booth made 71 and Tom Shaw 40no in Barnsley’s 172-6 (Saqib Hussain 3-22) and Sheffield United replied with 157-7 (Mark Cummins 68, Paul Cummins 33, Callum Bethel 5-43).

Doncaster Town, 169, were grateful to Gareth Cox’s 92 against Rotherham who fell two runs short on 167 (Gurman Randhawa 52, Ben Sanderson 40).

Sheffield Collegiate had a seven wicket win at Castleford, 163-8. Then Tom Lister 62 and Alex Patmore 57no led Collegiate home.

Aston Hall have reached their first ever South Yorkshire League Whitworth Cup Final after a five wicket win at Wath.

The home side made 155, having been 96-7, and Aston had a wobble at 100-5 but Rohan Pooley, 66no and Rob Ward, 24no saw them home.

They now play Treeton (who they beat in the league by five runs on Saturday), in the final at Treeton on Sunday (1pm).